Harbor Conservatory on Channel 13!

Dear Friends,

In October, Harbor Conservatory’s unique Latin Music Program was featured as part of the screening of WNET’s historic 4 part documentary Latin Music USA.  Shot by one of WNET’s top directors, and featuring on-air host Rafael Pi Roman, the segment gives a great view into our program. To watch video footage just go to the following link: http://www.thirteen.org/insidethirteen/2009/11/20/video-latin-music-around-new-york-city/



Free Classical Music Recital at the Harbor!

Dear Friends,

The Harbor Conservatory is pleased to present a vocal recital with guest soprano Jacqueline Goldgorin, accompanied on the piano by Conservatory student Nelson Ojeda Valdes this Saturday, November 14th at 12:00 PM.  Works by R. Strauss, Barber, and de Falla will be performed at this free classical music recital in our third floor theater.  Hope to see you all there!

Jazz Department Update!

Dear Friends,

With our jazz department now in the very capable hands of Gustavo Casenave, it is an exciting time for jazz at the Harbor Conservatory!  Here is an update from Mr. Casenave himself:

Hello everyone!
One month after the Harbor’s new Jazz Department kickoff, we are moving fast!
We started with great attendance on ear training, arranging and composition courses.

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Our ensembles are also growing, with weekly meetings on Mondays at 6PM (“The All Jazz Ensemble”), on Fridays at 6PM (“The Harbor Jazz Ensemble”), and Fridays at 7PM (“The Jazz Composition Ensemble”).

Both ensembles accept beginners and cover jazz standards, blues and bossanova. Basic reading is needed, and you have the opportunity to improvise in a jazz setting, with other students that are there to learn, perform and have fun!

On Fridays, we have our “Friday Jazz Marathon”, starting with Ear Training at 4pm, followed by Arranging for Contemporary Jazz Ensemble at 5pm, Jazz Composition 1 at 6pm, and the aforementioned  “Jazz Composition Ensemble” at 7PM.

band 1The basic concept of the program is to start with ear training , then work in arranging and composition based on the students’ original tunes, and finally we perform everything we write. In this way, we put all the material in to action, and you can even get a recording of your music by the Jazz Composition Ensemble.

We still have openings for every instrument, while new courses and ensembles for different levels are still being created. If you want to start playing jazz or already play and would like to participate in any of the courses, call the Jazz Department at: 212 427 2244 ext. 551

Last but not least, we recently hosted an amazing free concert on October 14th by Cuban born, Harlem based Jazz saxophonist, composer & educator Yosvany Terry, featuring his quintet.  Don’t miss the next one!

Keep an eye on the blog, for upcoming concerts and events, and if you are a musician, jazz or otherwise, do  not hesitate to call. You will be pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of courses we offer!

See you soon, and keep practicing!


Gustavo Casenave
Director/ Jazz Department

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Conservatory Teacher Featured in Movie at MOMA Tonight!

Here is a message from our Director of External Affairs, Nina Olson:

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to share the exciting news, that the film “La Cascara” (The Rind) with a score composed by Harbor Conservatory Jazz Director Gustavo Casenave will be shown tonight at the Museum of Modern Art at 8:00 pm.  You can catch another screening at MOMA on November 11th at 4:00 pm.  This wonderful Uruguayan film produced in 2007 by Cali Ameglio won several Film Festival Awards worldwide.
For more information, please check the museum’s link at:


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Toca Percussion and Latin Percussion Support the Tito Puente Scholarship Fund!

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce it has received a donation in the amount of $1,000 from Toca Percussion and Latin Percussion, divisions of KMC Music in support of the schools’ TITO PUENTE SCHOLARSHIP Fund.  The scholarship established in memory of the great King of Latin Music, Tito Puente supports the study of advanced students enrolled in the Conservatory’s pre-professional Latin Music Program.   Latin Percussion and Toca Percussion, both leaders in the field of ethnic percussion are long time supporters of Harbor Conservatory with a history of product donations.

Steve Nigohosian, Director of Artist Relations for Toca Percussion and Latin Percussion, had this to say, “The Harbor Conservatory’s Latin Music Program is one of the few programs of its kind in the country. We know the wonderful work that the Conservatory does, and we also know of the extreme difficulty they face in funding their worthwhile program. We are pleased to support Harbor Conservatory’s endeavors and in doing so give back to the community.”

As a student advances, their curriculum expands to include a variety of classes with a corresponding increase in class fees. Students in the Pre-professional Program are all on partial scholarship, enabling us to foster talented students while relieving them of financial pressure that often force them to drop out. The goal of the Pre-Professional program is to prepare teenage students for entry into specialized performing arts high schools and colleges and ultimately professional performing arts careers. Students are encouraged to continue their studies on the college level, and are taken on tours of major music conservatories

The Harbor’s Latin Music Program was designed to ensure the future of an art form truly unique to New York City that celebrates our country’s multi-cultural heritage. While its complexity and vibrancy have captivated audiences the world over, the music has been marginalized in this country for many years, along with its creators and their communities. Harbor Conservatory has taken Latin music into the Conservatory, developing formal curriculum to ensure that the knowledge and traditions are preserved and passed on to the next generation.

The Conservatory’s program consists of individual and group instruction, theory and reading classes, performance workshops and ensembles, exposure to outstanding master artists through master classes and guest artist recitals. Faculty has performed with leading Latin music bandleaders, such as Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez, Mongo Santamaria, and many others.

The Tito Puente Scholarship Fund was established to further the inspirational musicianship of the great “El Rey” Tito Puente.  A multi-instrumentalist, master timbalero, arranger, composer, bandleader, and proud son of East Harlem, Tito Puente cared deeply about education for young students and the need for youngsters to continue and/or begin their musical studies, as well as to reaffirm pride in Hispanic culture.

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