General Information & Policies

Library

The Music Library is located on the first floor in Stein Hall Room 100. The hours are Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 7:00pm, Friday 8:30 – 5:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Practice Consultation

Need some solid advice about practicing? Call the Conservatory office and speak with Executive Director Kathleen Suss.

Youth Performances for Private Music Instruction:

  • Performance Classes

The Conservatory encourages students of all levels to participate in these informal settings in which students play for their peers and teachers. Based on teacher recommendations, this class is a relaxed venue for students prior to a performance. An accompanist is provided for performance classes.

  • Studio Class

Studio Classes are the last “lesson” for private instruction students at the end of first semester. While expanding students’ knowledge of music, the class builds confidence and motivates students in their private study within their studio. Studio classes are held once a year for the studio teacher and his/her students only.

  • Honors Recitals

These semi-annual recitals feature students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and progress during the school year based on a teacher’s recommendation. They are held in the Sommer Center.

  • Year-end Recitals

Student recitals are held for family and friends at the end of the year in the Sommer Center. Recital participation is highly recommended. Students prepare repertoire with the approval and guidance of the teacher.

  • Music-on-parade for Scholarship

Youth and adult students and faculty, play and make art throughout the two-day event to raise funds for the Conservatory scholarship and outreach programs.

  • Outreach Concerts

Select students and faculty perform concerts throughout the year at Lawrence Hospital, The Fountains Senior Living in Tuckahoe, Sunrise Assisted Living in Mount Vernon, The Wartburg Adult Care Community in Mount Vernon, The Andrus Senior Center, and concerts in association with Bronxville Chamber of Commerce.

Recital Attire

  • Gentlemen – dress pants, shirt with collar, and optional blazer and tie.
  • Ladies – dress, blouse and skirt or dress pants.
  • No jeans, sneakers, flip-flops, or UGG boots are allowed.

Recital Deportment

Recitals are important milestones for students developmentally. Concordia Conservatory offers many opportunities for students to share their musical accomplishments in a supportive environment. To encourage performers so that they can maintain attentiveness in a performance situation, please turn off cell phones. The use of camcorders or cameras with flashes is prohibited. Please wait until hearing applause before entering a performance, and gently encourage very young audience members to participate in appropriate concert etiquette.

Music & Instrument Resources

Pianos

  • Faust-Harrison Pianos                          
    800-723-1570
    www.faustharrisonpianos.com
     
  • Steinway & Sons                                   
    212-246-1100
    www.steinway.com

Piano Tuners

  • Victor LaGamma                                    
    914-723-2200
     
  • Guy Hamilton                                       
    914-946-8869

Instrumental Rentals

  • Mamaroneck Music & Arts Center         
    914-381-5205
    www.musicarts.com
     
  • Pelham Violins                                      
    914-738-5143
    914-602-4460

Sheet Music

  • Burt & Company Music Supply              
    800-548-2878
    www.burtnco.com
     
  • www.musicnotes.com (For Musical Theatre and Broadway Repertoire) 

Registration, Tuition, and Fees

The annual registration fee is non-refundable. The student (or parent/guardian) is financially responsible for all classes and lessons. Students who enroll for private lessons and classes designated as “year-long” are registered for the entire academic year and will be billed automatically.

Tuition for year-long lessons and classes is divided into two equal payments. Tuition payment is due by August 31 for first semester and January 31 for second semester.

For 15, and 16 week sessions, tuition is due in full before the first class. For any registration after these dates, payment is due in full at time of registration.

Payment plans are considered by the Registrar when submitted in writing before the start of lessons and classes.

The lessons and classes for students with outstanding balances will be suspended until the account is paid in full.

The Conservatory reserves the right to cancel group classes due to insufficient enrollment. Tuition will be fully refunded.

Private Instruction

To ensure the student’s best placement with our faculty, first-time students enrolling in the private instruction program are required to interview in person with the Conservatory Executive Director. There are no audition requirements for admission.

Private lessons are scheduled in the order in which registration is received. Lessons are scheduled on the basis of student and teacher availability and the Executive Director’s recommendation. The Conservatory makes every effort to accommodate each student’s schedule in assigning lesson time.

Late Registration

A limited number of classes and teacher studios may have space available after the semester begins. Private lesson and class tuition will be pro-rated. Registration for new students will be accepted throughout the semester on a space-available basis only.

Change of Instructor

Concordia Conservatory’s method of assigning a private instructor is designed to make the best possible match before studies begin. However,

if a change is desired, a student (or parent/guardian) must contact the Executive Director.

Withdrawal and Refunds

Tuition is fully refunded if a student withdraws before the first lesson.

The student (or parent/guardian) is financially responsible for all classes and lessons as stated in “Registration, Tuition, and Fees”. Students who enroll for private lessons and classes are designated as “year-long” are registered for the entire period of the lessons or classes and are responsible for the financial commitment. Students who enroll for classes designated

4, 8, 15, or 16 classes are registered for the entire time period of the classes and are responsible for the financial commitment.

In the case of prolonged illness (accompanied with a doctor’s letter) or move of residency, refunds are pro-rated as stated below.

All withdrawal requests must be made in writing to the Director for review

by the Advisory Board. Please understand that verbal requests from students, parents, or faculty cannot be accepted.

Postmarked prior to the 1st scheduled class/lessons 100% of tuition
Postmarked prior to the 4th scheduled class/lessons 75% of tuition
Postmarked prior to the 8th scheduled class/lessons 50% of tuition
Postmarked prior to the 16th scheduled class/lessons No refunds given

Return Check Fee

There is a $25 fee for returned checks.

Cancellations/Missed Lessons

The Conservatory office must be notified of all cancellations.

For student absences, two individual lessons per semester can be rescheduled if the absence is due to student illness, religious observance, or extraordinary circumstances. There are no exceptions. The Conservatory must be notified 24 hours in advance of cancellation due to a religious observance or extraordinary circumstance, or by 8am the day of a lesson when due to illness. Otherwise, the teacher is not required to make up the missed lesson.

For teacher absences, students receive personal notification from the teacher and the lesson will be rescheduled. For unscheduled Conservatory closings (see below), such as a snow emergency, lessons and classes will be rescheduled at the end of the semester.

School Closings

In the event of inclement weather, an email will be sent out to all Conservatory families. You can also call the Conservatory at

(914) 395-4507 for the recorded message or visit our website at www.concordiaconservatory.org for updates.

Communication

E-mail is the primary mode of communication. Please be sure to list your current email address on the registration form.

Deportment

Students are expected to treat the facilities respectfully. Pets are not allowed in the Concordia College buildings. Parents, guardians and caregivers are responsible for supervising the safety of their children at all times while they are on the Concordia College premises. All pick-up and drop-offs are required to be made in parking zones only.

Change of Address

Please contact the Conservatory with any change of mailing address and e-mail address. Students receive all notices and information through the post office mail and e-mail—it is very important that accurate information be provided. Concordia Conservatory is not responsible for lost or undeliverable mail.

Parking Permits

Parking permits are required for all cars parking at Concordia College. Conservatory families may park in the gravel lot behind Stein Hall, the white lined spaces on Concordia Place, Sommer Center or Stein Hall parking lot next to Stein Hall. Your permit is enclosed. Please note that the front and back entrances to Stein Hall are accessible to all.