The Hoff-Barthelson School of Music will hold open days in September
Learn more about the Hoff-Barthelson School of Music offerings by attending one or more of the school’s fall open houses! Families and individuals interested in participating are asked to RSVP by visiting the school website www.hbms.org.
Masks, social distancing, following school fall safety guidelines, and RSVP are required for all in-person event attendees.
Open doors for chamber music and piano ensembles
K-12 string, wind, brass and piano students and their parents are invited to attend an in-person Chamber Music Open House on Wednesday, September 1 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Students will have the opportunity to learn about the school’s new piano ensemble program, participate in chamber music activities and musical games while parents attend an interactive meeting with the directors of program Donna Elaine and Tomoko Uchino and Deans. Kathy Jones and Christopher Kenniff. Everyone will enjoy the performances of the ensembles of teachers and students. Parents who cannot attend in person are invited to participate in the meeting and Q&A with program directors and deans via Zoom.
Suzuki Open House and Porch Party
Prospective Suzuki fiddle students and their parents are invited to visit the school on Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., for a Suzuki Fall Session and Open House! Come learn about the school’s exciting plans for the 2021-22 Suzuki program, meet Suzuki faculty, other Suzuki families, and help the school kick off the year!
Conditions permitting, this event will take place in person; if conditions require, the event will be moved online.
Early Childhood Program Open House
Families interested in enrolling their youngest members in a safe, high-quality music education are invited to attend an in-person Open House on Monday, September 13, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Learn about the school’s Dalcroze-based music and movement program and find out what program activities parents and children can look forward to together. Children aged 9 months to 5 years and their adults are invited to join in the fun of a music and movement class at 10:30 a.m., followed by a brief Q&A session with the teachers
Youth Orchestra Program Open Day
Join Music Directors Jun Nakabayashi (Festival Orchestra), Robert Schwartz (Youth Symphonette, Chamber Orchestra), Joseph Piscitelli (Wind Ensemble), Dean Christopher Kenniff and HBMS Executive Director Ken Cole for a moderated online discussion via Zoom about the school’s four-tier youth orchestra programs on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 7:30-9:00 p.m. .
Hoff-Barthelson is the only community music school in Westchester with a four-tiered orchestral pyramid, culminating in a full symphony orchestra for secondary school students at the highest level of technical ability and musical artistry. The discussion will include information about the repertoire, educational goals, performance times, safety protocols, and more! Students enrolled in private lessons elsewhere are encouraged to sign up for these à la carte sets.
Adult Programs Open House
Adult learners are invited to join Dean Christopher Kenniff and Associate Dean Kathy Jones Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. (in person or online) for a discussion on the new semester, safety protocols, how to get the most out of the School’s programs, the offer of classes including the Adult Jazz Ensemble, Ring Your Bell Handbell Ensemble, Group Piano Class, Scarsdale Singers, as well as other opportunities for adults.