December 10, 2010 -- Standing Ovation for Vocal Ensemble at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The Lighthouse Vocal Ensemble received a standing ovation for their magnificent performance at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.

December 5, 2010 - Music School Students to Perform at Benefit Concert

On December 5 at 7:00 p.m., Lighthouse Music School students, Yeong Nam Chun (Mezzo Soprano), Lynnette Tatum (Soprano), Maria Rios (Soprano) and Frank Senior (Baritone) performed in a recital to benefit the Lighthouse Music School. Repertoire included Italian and German Art Songs, Spirituals, Korean Songs, Jazz Songs and world premiere songs by Ms. Tatum. The concert took place at the Korea Village Opencenter in Flushing, New York.

December 4, 2010 - Students Raise Funds for Music School

Students of the Music School—of all ages-- were showing their support and commitment to the Lighthouse through singing, playing and demonstrating their own fundraising skills. Initiated by the Music School Student Council in 2007, the Performathon raised more than $5,000 to support the School that they all enjoy and believe in. Read about this year’s Performathon and view pictures of the children’s performances.

November 18, 2010 - Jazz Lunch

Jazz Lunch Photograph - musicians playing

On Thursday, November 18, 2010, the Lighthouse Jazz Ensemble spiced up the noon hour with an hour of jazz. Joining the regular ensemble was guest saxophonist Akiyoshi Sano and Lighthouse Music School faculty member Yo Kano on trumpet.

November 3, 2010 - Lighthouse Vocal Ensemble Master Class

John Daly Goodwin with Lighthouse Vocal Ensemble

John Daly Goodwin, Music Director of the New York Choral Society, gave a working master class to the Lighthouse Vocal Ensemble.

September 29, 2010 - Music School Instructor, Juan Pablo Horcasitas, to Direct New Opera

Juan Pablo Horcasitas, Piano and Music Appreciation Instructor for the Comprehensive Music Program for Young People (CMPYP) at Lighthouse International, has a variety of engagements this fall. These include the debut recital of Opera Hispánica, where he will participate as the Music Director. This recital will be presented four times between September 2010 and May 2011 in New York City. In October, Juan Pablo will also perform a solo piano recital and speak to young pianists at a conference in Mexico. The following month, Juan Pablo will be performing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes in Mexico.

September 27, 2010 - Lighthouse Staff Member Releases New CD

Composer and Lighthouse faculty member, Marc Wagnon, has released a new CD entitled, Earth is a Cruel Master, on Buckyball Records. Returning to his own musical vision, Marc plays with a wide range of interests and textures by combining jazz-rock with thought-provoking themes such as recent scientific discoveries, climate change and the human condition. The recording has received worldwide acclaim and is available widely as compact disk or digital download. For more information on Marc Wagnon and Earth is a Cruel Master, visit

September 23, 2010 - Music School Student Profiled in Film

A movie about Lighthouse Music School student, Frank Senior, was shown at the Harlem Film Festival in New York City, entitled Just Be Frank. The inspiring film follows Frank, a blind jazz singer, as he adjusts from walking with a cane to training his new guide dog, Kew. As Frank navigates the streets of Manhattan, the audience witnesses the trust, courage and humor necessary for a blind man's survival in New York City.

June 12, 2010 – National Dance Institute Showcase

In partnership with the National Dance Institute, students of the Music School’s Comprehensive Music Program for Young People (CMPYP) presented a theatrical dance performance based on a play about the significance of the Underground Railroad. This performance reflected a year of wonderful progress and new skills, as well as true enjoyment on behalf of our students in the integration of music, dance, and history.

Photograph of dancing kids
Photo by Dorothea Lombardo

Photograph of dancing kids
Photo by Angel Gardner of the National Dance Institute

Photograph of dancing kids
Photo by Angel Gardner of the National Dance Institute

May 21, 2010 - 14th Annual Lighthouse at the Met Concert

625 guests filled The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 21 for the 14th Annual Lighthouse at the Met Concert entitled “A Taste of the Met: Music for Every Palette.” The program celebrated the art of dining and entertainment with a menu of music and art that showcased more than 40 students of all ages, including the acclaimed Lighthouse Vocal Ensemble, a host of talented instrumental and vocal soloists, and the Lighthouse Children’s Chorus and Youth Instrumental Ensemble. Images of selected works of art were displayed on a large screen above the stage with coinciding narrated verbal description.

Lighthouse at the Met photograph
Photo Caption: The Lighthouse Youth Instrumental Ensemble, along with Yo Kano, music school faculty member and conductor, performing “Coffee Rumba.”

Lighthouse at the Met photograph
Photo Caption: One of the stars of the concert, singer Lynnette Tatum, performing Bernstein’s “I Can Cook Too.”

Lighthouse at the Met photograph
Photo Caption: The Lighthouse Vocal Ensemble, along with the Children’s Chorus, performing the opening number of the show, “Food Glorious Food.”

Lighthouse at the Met photograph
Photo Caption: Solo classical guitarist, Anh-tai Tran, mesmerizes the audience with a performance of “Serenata Espanola.”

March 20th, 2010 - Acclaimed Author, Dava Sobel, Leads Interactive Lecture on "The Planets" with Music Students

As the Lighthouse music students prepare for their May 8th performance of "The Planets", Dava Sobel, author of "Longitude" and "Galileo's Daughter" led an interactive workshop exploring the topic of the solar system. After the lecture, Sobel shared, " The students welcomed me so warmly. They also surprised me with their enthusiastic response and obvious interest in the subject. One student had been to Space Camp and several boys had gathered so much information on their own that they really kept me hopping to answer their questions! The experience definitely 'expanded' me."



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