Kaufman Music Center
Kaufman Music Center, New York City's premier pre-college music education institution, that has helped to ensure that its valuable work can continue for years to come.
The Opus 118 Story In the spring of 1981, a young violin teacher named Roberta Guaspari Tzavaras, newly arrived in East Harlem, held the first concert of the violin program she had just started at Central Park East School (CPE). The concert wasn’t very big, and it wasn’t very fancy. The program was hand-lettered by Roberta, decorated with a picture she had drawn herself. As word spread of the dynamic violin teacher at CPE, her program spread to CPE’s two affiliate schools, CPE II and River East. It grew from about 40 students to 130 and more. Every year there was an end-of-the-year concert that brought parents and grandparents to their feet, clapping, cheering, and crying. And every year there was a hand-written program with a picture drawn by Roberta.