Concerts and Events


Blending traditional sounds with a contemporary vibe, award-winning folk band Molasses Creek hails from Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. Bring lunch, friends and colleagues, we’ll provide beverages. Workshop at 2pm with students from the Music School’s pop/rock ensembles

Friday, May 2 • 7pm • “The Four Elements: A Celebration of Nature through Art and Music”
Eighteenth Annual “Lighthouse Guild at the Met” Concert featuring music and art that illustrate nature and its impact: Fire, Water, Air and Earth. (Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City)

Saturday, May 3 • 2pm • Joint Program of CMPYP and W. Ross Macdonald School Choir • Location TBA
Students of the Comprehensive Music Program for Young People (CMPYP) will be joined by students from Branford, Canada to share music and stories of musical learning as young people with vision loss

Tuesday, May 20 • 7pm • PopFest • BV Hall
Jam 59, the longstanding contemporary pop/rock ensemble, is joined by the Music School’s eclectic workshop band, The VIPs, plus individual artists for classic rock tunes and pop music of today and yesterday

Saturday, May 31 • 2pm • CMPYP Spring Recital • BV Hall
Students of the Comprehensive Music Program for Young People perform in recital to showcase their achievements in individual instrumental and voice study. Awards presentation to follow

Saturday, June 7 • 2pm • National Dance Institute Showcase • BV Hall
Featuring students of our Comprehensive Music Program for Young People, the performance communicates and demonstrates the joy of dance set to music All programs at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The Comprehensive Music Program for Young People is funded, in part, by UJA Federation of New York. The Music School is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Concerts are free, open to the public and held at 111 East 59th Street, unless indicated otherwise. For details and concert updates, call 212-821-9660.

Music School News

July 14, 2013: New computer programs Goodfeel and Lime Lighter help blind read, write music

Lime Lighter, which produces a readable digital score for people with low vision, and Goodfeel, a music notes-to-Braille translator, are being used in music schools across the world after being tested at Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School in Manhattan. Read more and watch the video...

Your donations can support the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School and many other programs and services the Lighthouse provides to people with vision loss. Please help today!

December 8, 2012: The Sixth Annual Music School Performathon

What is a Performathon?

Think of it as a walkathon on stage or a marathon of songs! Performers of all ages, musical levels and styles solicit donations in order to perform. Individual students need to raise $10 or more to perform at the event, while performance ensembles need to raise $100 or more per group. Learn more and support one of the participants!

May 29, 2012: Jam59 Performs in Catherine Kramer Concert Series

Jam 59 photograph of musicians performing

Our contemporary pop/rock ensemble, Jam59 performed classic rock tunes and pop music of today’s artists, such as Sting, Lieber and Stoller, Randy Newman and more. Led by faculty member and guitarist Chris Petz, our Jam59 performers included, George Ashiotis on piano, Maria Rios-vocals, Anthony Stewart-bass, Lynnette Tatum-vocals, drums and guitar, Francesco Magisano-guitar, and Caroline Kasnakian on triangle. Over sixty audience members enthusiastically enjoyed listening to these classic hit tunes!

Friday, May 11, 2012: 16th Annual Lighthouse Guild at the Met Concert

"The Many Faces of America: Reflections on the New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts”. Music and art depict significant eras in American history — the Civil War, the Gilded Age and the Roaring Twenties. Watch video

December 20, 2011: Students Raise Funds for Music School during 5th Annual Performathon

Students of all ages at the The Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School showed their support and commitment to the Lighthouse through singing, playing and demonstrating their own fundraising skills. This year’s Performathon raised over $7,000 to support the school that they all enjoy and believe in.

The event was fun, demonstrated pride in accomplishment, and was sparkled with energy from beginning to end. From our youth and adult ensembles to individual performers, the students shared their love of music with each other and with the audience, which at times grew to 200 strong.

June 14, 2011: Students Close Out School Year with National Dance Institute Showcase

On June 11, 2011, students of Lighthouse International’s Comprehensive Music Program for Young People collaborated with the National Dance Institute (NDI) for “Starshine!,” a theatrical dance performance. The original play was conceived, directed and choreographed by the NDI staff.

Accompanied by NDI’s Youth Pride Singers and band, students performed dances as well their own improvised movements to examine scientific themes such as flying, defying gravity, space, and time. This strong partnership between the Lighthouse and NDI is in its fourth year and continues to enable students to appreciate and conceptualize music within the context of dance. This year’s performance reflects the immense growth in students’ progress, as they possess a deeper understanding of movement and the utilization of their bodies to tell a story through music.

June 8, 2011: Students Highlight Academic Year During Spring Concert

On June 4, students from the Comprehensive Music Program for Young People performed during the CMPYP Spring Showcase. The concert showcased their class work, progress and accomplishments throughout the academic year. Performances included two percussion ensembles, the youth instrumental ensemble, the general music class, and the youth chorus. Students also presented their work using music technology programs such as Lime Aloud and Sonar. Individual achievement awards were presented to several students who have made particular strides this year. A special award for musical ambassadorship was awarded to 10-year-old Matthew Whitaker for his many musical performances around the New York and New Jersey area.

May 21, 2011: CMPYP Showcases Individual Talents During Spring Concert

Students of the Comprehensive Music Program for Young People (CMPYP) performed individually on their respective instruments-- piano, flute, guitar, voice and drums-- before a friendly crowd of parents, friends, family, and Lighthouse staff during the CMPYP Spring Instrumental Recital. Performers from ages 7-19 played a diverse style of music ranging from Bach minuets to a sophisticated Brahms Rhapsody for solo piano. One student accompanied another in a rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King and another young girl sang “O Mio Babbino Caro” from the opera La Bohème. The energy increased when the percussion and guitar students launched into jazz, fusion, and rock. The recital demonstrated the individual talents of each student, their accomplishments and their courage to perform in front of 100+ audience members.

May 20, 2011: Music School Hosts Guest Artist Recital

Opera singer, Nancy Loesch, and pianist, Kenneth Merrill, performed to an enthusiastic crowd of Music School students, faculty and guests at Lighthouse International’s Guest Artist Recital. Highlights of the program included Nancy singing songs by Joaquín Rodrigo, Sigmund Romberg and contemporary composer, Gerald Ginsburg, who was in the audience to applaud her outstanding performance. Thank you to Nancy for a wonderful evening of music and for her past efforts in providing study recordings for the Lighthouse Vocal Ensemble.

April 22, 2011: Music School Dazzles at 15th Annual Lighthouse Guild at the Met Concert

Forty musicians from the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School of Lighthouse International performed in front of a packed crowd at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 15 for the 15th Annual Lighthouse Guild at the Met Concert.

The concert – “Musical Postcards from the Met: Travels through the Permanent Collection" – featured a digital display of art and music (along with a verbal description) from four continents. The audience was transported to all corners and cultures of the globe, as the Lighthouse Vocal Ensemble, instrumental and vocal soloists performed songs from Asia, Europe, South America and the United States.

“Lighthouse Guild and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have had a wonderful relationship for over 15 years bringing together the magnificent art of the museum and the art of the Lighthouse International school of music,” said Mark G. Ackermann, President and CEO of Lighthouse International.

The 15th Annual Lighthouse Guild at the Met Concert offered people with vision loss an opportunity to experience visual art through music and verbal description. “Coupling music and art together gives people a total experience of what it feels like to be an artist,” said Dr. Leslie Jones, Executive Director of the Music School. “It was a very exciting night for all of us.”

March 19, 2011: Music School Hosts Dance Training Workshop

dancers 1
Gabriella Mendonca & Dr. Jenny Seham

dancers 2
Andrew Zhang & Andrew Sakaguchi

dancers 3
Gabriella Mendonca & Dr. Jenny Seham

The Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School at Lighthouse International held a Teacher Training Workshop led by Dr. Jenny Seham, a Master Teacher at the National Dance Institute.

Dance instructors and administrators from all over New York worked with students from the Lighthouse Music School in order to learn how to better instruct students with a vision loss. The teachers witnessed children and teenagers from the Music School, like Gabriela Mendonca and Andrew Zhang, execute rigorous dance exercises. “Their abilities shine far brighter than their disabilities,” said one teacher.

Participants at the workout spoke excitedly about bringing the teaching methods they learned at the Lighthouse back to their classrooms. More importantly, though, they learned that children with visual impairments have no limitations when it comes to artistic expression. “I came in looking for one thing,” said a teacher, “and came out with something really great. This was even better than what I expected.”

Photos by Angel Gardner

March 14, 2011: Broadway Star, Mana Allen, Teaches Acting Class to Lighthouse Musicians

Dennis Sparacino, Voice Student, and Mana Allen

Dennis Sparacino, Voice Student, and Mana Allen

Acting coach and Broadway star, Mana Allen, visited Lighthouse International on March 14, 2011 to teach an acting master class with the Lighthouse Guild Metropolitan Museum of Art Vocal Soloists. Each year, the Vocal Soloists perform at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Ms. Allen worked with the Vocal Soloists to prepare them for their upcoming performance at the Met, which takes place on April 15, 2011. Ms. Allen is currently an acting instructor at Collaborative Arts Project (CAP21). She has performed in various Broadway musicals, such as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along.”

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