Date Change for Charlie Palmieri Competition

Dear Friends,

The date of the competition for the Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship has been moved from February 27th to Saturday, March 6th due to poor weather conditions.  The competition is now scheduled for March 6th, 2010 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at the Harbor Conservatory located at One East 104th Street in Manhattan.  For applications and guidelines and to schedule an audition, call (212) 427-2244 Ext. 557.

Serving as competition jurors are pianists Sonny Bravo, Pablo Mayor, Gustavo Casenave and Dr. Martin Soderberg, Director of the Conservatory’s Classical Music Program.

The Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship is awarded to intermediate and advanced pianists ages 12-25 for the study of Latin style piano.  Applicants must demonstrate their talents in Classical and/or Popular Latin styles. The winner will receive one year’s training free of charge at Harbor Conservatory with one of our specialists in the field of Latin piano. The Scholarship in memory of Charlie Palmieri was established by Tito Puente to further the inspirational musicianship of the great pianist.  In style, versatility and instrumental virtuosity, bandleader/pianist/arranger Charlie Palmieri had few equals. In addition to recording, arranging and performing he taught music and Puerto Rican history in the CUNY system.  The late great Tito Puente, the “King of Latin music”, master timbalero, arranger, composer, and bandleader, also 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.


Composers Now Festival February 23rd!

February 23, 7:00 pm

Third Floor Theater

Composition: The Creative Process
A Conversation featuring Composers Gustavo Casenave, Pablo Mayor, Francisco Rodriguez & guest composer Rafael Landestoy

In this informal dialogue, these gifted artists all of whom were born in Latin America before coming to New York City, will share their sources of inspiration, their musical influences, and their individual creative process.  This event is a part of Composers Now, a festival celebrating the music of our time at venues throughout the city Feb 22–28. The Composers Now Festival was born to put a public face on the vitality, diversity, and innovations that composers bring to our communities. The festival begins on Monday, February 22nd at Symphony Space at 10:00 am with a Mayoral Proclamation of Composers Now Day, followed by a panel discussion moderated by festival organizers Laura Kaminsky and Tania León with guest composers.  To learn about Monday’s Kick off events visit

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

Digitman & The Lisa Lopes Foundation Save the Arts

Dear Friends,

DIGIT performs live this Thursday at Utopia Lounge (Atlanta, GA) in an effort to promote his debut album, “Life of a Number” to raise money to Save the Arts in schools and to give back to the Lisa Lopes Foundation (LLF).

As promised, Seven “Digit” Hughes (a.k.a. DigitMan) has stayed faithful to his worldwide initiative to keep the arts in schools.  While partnering with the Lisa Lopes Foundation (LLF) last year, an organization which is named after “Left Eye”, former TLC member and where he sits as a Board of Directors member, he agreed to help the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts raise $10,000.00 this year.

“With my highly anticipated album, ‘Life of a Number’, which is set to release March 1, 2010, I plan to do my part to help save our future”, says the self-proclaimed Super Hero of Rap.  He continues, “I wasn’t blessed to be a politician, so I have to help make a difference the only way I know how, through music.  With this album and the exposure to come from it, I will be able to cross many platforms and use my celebrity and notoriety to ignite a difference.  I’m excited about my mission and purpose.  In no way am I perfect however, I knew something had to be done and I could not sit back and wait for someone else to do it”, says Digit.

About the Campaign for the Arts:
Founded in 2009, by “Digit”, the mission of the Executives and Team of The Campaign for the Arts is to collectively help save the arts in schools worldwide, bring attention to artists of all genres, raise money for schools and not-for-profits and focus on providing solutions to issues that are plaguing our nations and our kids.  Visit for more info.

About the Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Foundation (LLF)
Headquartered in Stone Mountain, GA, the Lisa Lopes Foundation was developed in 2003.  The mission of the LLF is to transform communities by providing access to basic Health, Education, Self-Awareness and Recreational Programs for children living in low-income communities within the US and underdeveloped communities within Central America.  LLF programs center on developing and reinforcing life skills in Healthy Lifestyles, Financial Literacy, Career Development, Civic and Social Responsibility, and Cultural Arts and Awareness.  Visit for more info.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

Vote for Harbor Conservatory to Recieve Grant for Free Community Concerts!

Dear Friends,

The Harbor Conservatory has a chance to win a $25,000 Grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project to go towards free community concerts here in East Harlem. However, in order to be eligible for this grant we need your help. The ideas that receive the most votes on the Pepsi Refresh website will be awarded funding towards their proposed project.  You can vote for our project once a day.  So please vote for us via this link and help keep the performing arts alive in East Harlem!

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