Pie-O-Rama – Registration open!

APRONS ON! ROLLING PINS UP! Get ready because on Sunday, April 23rd the Sixth Annual Pie-O-Rama will be cookin’ at TCFA! This event is great fun for the whole family.  Now is the time to enter the intense competition to discover the Best Pie in Town!  The field is limited to just 20 pies so register early. All entry forms must be in by 5pm on Sunday, April 16th. Do not delay—places are already being snapped up!
Entrants create two pies, both exactly the same: one for presentation to the hungry attendees, for tasting DSC00080and voting; and one for display and auction to the highest bidder. The prize is lasting glory, $100 in cash, and, for one year, ownership of the beautiful No. 1 Apex Pie trophy, created exclusively for the conservatory by blacksmith Durand Van Doren.
To enter, use the pie-o-rama reg form 4.23. Registration forms and payments can be mailed to TCFA, PO Box 1053, Trumansburg, NY 14886, or dropped off. For more information, call 607-387-5939.

Fri., April 21: Heather Maloney Concert

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Join us for an intimate community concert with up-and-coming indie/folk artist, Heather Maloney.

“…stunning, breathy, and starkly memorable.”—SPIN

“With an exceptional mix of indie rock and Americana, Heather Maloney has crafted an unforgettable album with Making Me Break. Slated to hit the streets in late April, the new disc is a fascinating listening experience front to back, combining intricate melodies with dynamic musical arrangements and thoughtful lyrics — culminating in one of the most exciting records we’ve heard in a long time.”

“Lyrics that cut to the chase”
-Huffington Post

“Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking…”

Purchase tickets here

Fri., April 7: Guitarist Pierre Bensusan Concert

The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) is excited to welcome the renowned French-Algerian guitarist Pierre Bensusan to perform on Friday, April 7, 8:00pm. Bensusan is making a stop at TCFA on his 2017 United States Tour. Pierre’s fantastic live performances have been recognized by the Independent Music Award in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album “Encore”.

Described variously as Celtic, folk, World music, New Age and Chamber jazz, with scat singing added, Bensusan’s music has been hailed by some of the greats. Consider what other musicians have to say:

  • Leo Kottke: “Pierre’s music gives me the shakes. No other guitarist shares his strange gifts of sophistication, accessibility and downright joy. Even at its most complex, Pierre’s music only needs ears to be enjoyed.”
  • Steve Vai: “Listening to Pierre Bensusan is rejuvenating. Beside his extraordinary touch and tone, the notes and melody appeal directly to the tender side of our human nature.”
  • George Winston: “One of the truly gifted musicians of our time—he plays the guitar as if it were the very soul of himself.”

Pierre has won numerous awards, including the Rose d’Or at the Montreaux Festival for his very first album, recorded when he was just 17, and been named the “Best World Music Guitar Player” by the readers of Guitar Player magazine.

This concert is being brought to you with support from the Community Arts Partnership and the TCFA Board.

Tickets are $15.00 available at the door or online:Eventbrite - Pierre Bensusan Performs Live at TCFA

Sat. April 1st: Pianist Rob Auler returns to TCFA for Master Class and Concert

Outstanding pianist Rob Auler will present an evening concert (7:30pm) and an afternoon Master Class (4-6pm) at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) on Saturday, April 1.

Rob-Auler_Press-Image1The New York Times commends Robert Auler’s playing for its “extraordinary rhythmic clarity and expression.” American Record Guide cites his “elegant tone and uncanny sense of voicing.” Auler has won first prize in national and international piano competitions, including the Society of American Musicians and the Stravinsky
Awards.  He has performed on six continents, in notable venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, and Shanghai Symphony Hall, and in summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and the Monadanock Festival, to name a few.   Additionally, he has collaborated with composers such as Steve Reich, Aaron Jay Kernis, Carter Pann, and George Tsontakis, and with world-class ensembles such as the Ying Quartet, MIRO Quartet and Sybarite5.

Mr. Auler will hold a Master Class for a very limited number of participating students; a small audience of observers can attend as well. In the evening, drawing on his wide range and jazz expertise, he has prepared an evening program called “Outtakes ” This recital presentation pairs three classical variation sets (Mozart, Beethoven, Mendellsohn) with three “jazz variation sets”: faithful transcriptions of Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans solo piano performances. With commentary.

For more information or to register for the Master Class:
Please call TCFA, 607-387-5939 or email coordinator@tburgconservatory.org.
Master Class Tickets: Students – $15 ; Observers – $7
Concert Tickets: $10 and will be available at the door.

Sun. March 26: TOiVO Spring Ahead Dance

We’re very  excited to welcome back TOiVO for another Spring Dance Party at the Conservatory! This fun event will take place in the TCFA auditorium on Sunday, March 26. All ages are welcome to enjoy music that is good for dancing and good for listening! Refreshments will be available. Bring a partner or come alone! TOiVO will play an eclectic mix of Scandinavian, Tex-Mex, Cajun, European, South American and many original dance tunes. You will enjoy waltzes, tangos, two-steps, polkas, schottisches, foxtrots, hambos, huapangos, and they may even throw in a bourree or the polonaise for good measure. The players are Richard Koski, button accordion; Jason Koski, mandolin; Stefan Senders, banjo and triangle; Jim Reidy, guitar; Paul Martin, guitar; Harley Campbell, upright bass; and Annie Campbell, snare drum. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the conservatory. Find out more about TOiVO at their web site: <http://toivo.honkingduck.com/>

When: Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:00 -6:30 pm
Suggested Donation: $5


March 19th: Bill Gregg Winter Concert “Art of the Guitar”

On Sunday March 19th, 2017 at 4 PM in the auditorium of the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, local composer and the conservatory’s long time guitar instructor, Bill Gregg, will present ART OF THE GUITAR a concert of his finger style compositions for six and 12 string guitar. All proceeds from this concert will be donated to the conservatory.

In this solo concert Bill will feature new instrumental compositions for six and 12 string guitars as well as some older favorites. In a departure from his previous concert programs, in this show he will perform several songs he has written with guitar accompaniment.

Bill’s guitar works are reminiscent of Will Ackerman and Leo Kottke without being at all derivative. His years of performing and teaching classical music lend a formal quality to his compositions, while blues and ragtime influences make the pieces lively and accessible. Bill has written over 200 songs, and at this concert will sing several powerful songs in addition to the instrumentals.

In lieu of a tickets with a fixed price, the conservatory and Mr. Gregg are asking those attending the concert to simply make a donation at the door to support the conservatory and its mission of bringing music, art and dance to the community.

Bill Gregg taught guitar in the early years of the conservatory’s existence, left to pursue a career in biotechnology and returned to the TCFA faculty in 2003. In addition to teaching multiple string instruments he performs traditional Appalachian folk music and acoustic blues. This April he will present a blues workshop at the 73rd New England Folk Festival near Boston. This summer his 15 year old fiddle student, Clark Benjamin, will perform and present fiddle classes at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame in Osceola New York.




March 18: St. Patrick’s Day Coffeehouse Concert

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy music and coffee at The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts on March 18th, at 7pm! TCFA will be hosting a fundraiser/performance by three groups of local Celtic musicians and a traditional Irish session in a coffeehouse-style setting. Groups performing include:

Three Stone Fire– A lively four-piece band playing traditional Celtic songs and tunes.

Sé Leigheas– Jigs, reels, marches, and airs from the Emerald Isle and other Celtic nations.

Trumansburg Slow Session– a multi-generational group of musicians that meets twice monthly at the Conservatory.

Open session following, so bring your instruments or dancing shoes and join the fun. Slaínte (Cheers)!

Admission, $5, can be paid at the door, and will include the evening’s music, including coffee and surprises!

Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts is located at the corner of Congress and McLallen St. Trumansburg, NY 14886

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Check out the event on Facebook!

March 3: TCFA Concert: resAUnance


The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) is very pleased to announce the return of Michael McNiell, this time with his group resAUnance, in concert on Friday, March 3rd, at 7:30pm. Inspired by the unique sound combination of their instruments, resAUnance began as the trio of vibraphonist/percussionist John Bacon, vocalist Esin Gunduz, and pianist Michael McNeill, at Buffalo’s Pausa Art House in March of 2013. The following year the group collaborated with master brass improvisers Dave Ballou and Adam Unsworth in concerts at Pausa and Villa Maria College, and in June 2014 became a quartet with the addition of ‘cellist Jonathan Golove for a concert as part of the legendary June in Buffalo New Music festival. The group’s rst album, Migration, was released in May 2016 on FMR Records (England). The quartet’s repertoire includes music by each member of the group as well as folksongs from the Balkans, each selection interpreted through the lens of each member’s extensive experience with jazz, classical, and improvised music.

This Winter Break, Feb. 21-24, join at us at TCFA for a fun-filled week of art and dance! Kids Grades 2-6 are welcome.

Tell Your Story through Dance & Book Arts: A Journey in Self-Expression

This Winter Break, Feb. 21-24, join at us at TCFA for a fun-filled week of art and dance! Kids Grades 2-6 are welcome.

Register for the entire program (Tues-Friday) or any number of days. Program runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with optional after care until 5:30 pm. Drop-off available from 8:00 am. Children must bring a bag lunch. Snacks provided.

Early Registration through February 15th: $200/4-day week ◆ $55/day

Before & after care $5/hr. Same day registration available at an additional fee.
Contact Samantha Johnson at dance@tburgconservatory.org