The Magic of RSC Summer Programs

RSC Conservatory News

Many parents are familiar with the challenge of motivating kids to practice their instrument. During the school year, students have additional activities to juggle along with academics. Music may be one more thing to fit into their busy schedule. That all changes during RSC’s Summer Programs. This is a special time when students can focus on two things: improving their …

Broadening Perspectives with Master Classes

Meghan Laska Concerts, Conservatory News, Faculty, Students

“Part of what makes music so great is that if you put 10 musicians in a room, you’ll get 15 opinions. There is not just one way to make music,” says cellist Bruce Coppock, chair of RSC’s Chamber Music Department and director of RSC’s ChamberMusicLab. “That’s why it’s so important for young musicians to hear different perspectives – and to …

43rd Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young

Meghan Laska Conservatory News, Faculty, Students

Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 3, 2022 Forty-three years ago, The Rivers School Conservatory pioneered a unique model to bring together young performers, composers, and audiences. The launch of the Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young not only began a beloved tradition at RSC, it also set the bar for such events around the world. The three-day event …

RSC Students Performed at Carnegie Hall

Meghan Laska Conservatory News, Students

Congratulations to RSC students Audrey and Henry Tushman, who performed at Carnegie Hall on Dec. 4! Both siblings were First Place winners of the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition and performed in the winners’ concert in New York City. Watch an interview with Henry in Musicale: Interview with Henry Tushman | Musicale – YouTube

New Faculty Spotlight: Claire Nalven

Meghan Laska Conservatory News

Program Director, Youth Wind Ensemble For Claire Nalven, director of RSC’s Youth Wind Ensemble, music education provides students with a lot more than the skills to play an instrument. She explains, “In an ensemble, they learn how to work hard and be part of a team. They are with kids they haven’t met before from all over the region, and …

New Faculty Spotlight: Taylor Stobinski

Meghan Laska Conservatory News

Suzuki Cello Teacher Growing up, Taylor Stobinski always had a love and passion for music. His first experience with music was at an “instrumental playground” with all kinds of instruments from the viola and cello to the trombone and trumpet. However, he had a special affinity for the cello. After two years of playing, he started lessons at age 12. …

Conservatory Program Hires New Director

RSC Conservatory News

Matt Heck has only been at Rivers a few weeks, but he’s already developed a handy way to describe the school’s Conservatory Program: “It’s varsity music.” It’s a useful shorthand, and it’s only natural that Heck would have come up with it: As the  Conservatory Program director, a newly created position, Heck is charged with overseeing and coordinating all aspects …

Celebrating Faculty Excellence at RSC: Your Words of Gratitude from Faculty Appreciation Day 2021

RSC Conservatory News

Dear Mr. Sussman, I can’t believe a whole year has passed since this pandemic started.  Your uplifting and positive attitude over Zoom has been a bright spot in our week. Thank you for your continued patience and encouragement.   Best regards, Bettina Eikeboom ⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯ It has been great having Catherine as a guitar teacher and I look forward to having more …

2020-2021 In Review: Looking Back on a Memorable Year of Music-Making

RSC Conservatory News

The pandemic did not stop RSC from providing students with abundant educational opportunities in 2020-2021. In fact, the calendar was as packed as ever, with concerts, competitions, master classes, rehearsals, recitals, and more. Here are some highlights! Rivers Youth Orchestras Operated In-Person All Year Long The Rivers Youth Orchestra program was a trailblazer in the return to in-person ensemble playing. …