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
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: <>

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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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



Handmade Holiday Market of Artisans & Edible Gifts, Sat 12/3

TCFA proudly presents the Handmade Holiday Market: A select show and sale byhandmade market 11.16 area artisans. The Market will take place in the Conservatory auditorium on Saturday, December 3, 10am-5pm, on the weekend of the Trumansburg village annual Winterfest. Back again this year at the Market will be an array of locally produced food gift items. The Market will also feature live music: the Trumansburg Community Chorus will perform (1pm) and West of Ithaca will play Irish and seasonal tunes (2:15pm). A simple delicious lunch will be provided by Trumansburg’s outstanding caterers, Word of Mouth. Admission to the show is free.
Artisans include: Jill Ackerman (pottery), Cassie Dembosky/Standra Jewelry, Noelle Dembrosky (paintings/painted objects), Suzanne Gaglie (hats and pillows), Sarah Gotowka(textiles, dyeing), Elaan Greenfield (jewelry), Jill Hoffman (animal imagery on cards, prints), Denise Milito (mittens, tile inlay, soaps), Mark Oros/Hashnu Stones (faceted stones, jewelry), Revival Book Arts (paper, book, print), Diane VanDelden (pottery) and Durand Van Doren (forged ironwork).
Food producers include: Hawk Meadow Farm (tinctures, mushroom logs), Simply Maple (syrup, candies), Six Circles Farm (garlic braids, pesto), Wide Awake Bakery (granola, cookies), and Vogel-Moore Honey.
New this year will be the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, selling fresh fir wreaths and boxwood baskets.

A Day of Writing & Reading on Sat 11/19 with Mary Gilliland

The Trumansburg Conservatory is pleased to present noted Ithaca poet Mary Gilliland for “Litanies & Labyrinths,” a two-part day of writing and reading onmary-gilliland Saturday, November 19. From 2:30 to 4:30pm, Mary will guide participants in joining the image of the labyrinth with the generation of list-poems. Participants can write in any genre they choose—prose or poetry. Mary writes, “A labyrinth is a magical single-path maze. In the labyrinth, you already have the thread that you can follow to the center. Most of our lists are temporary, meant to be crossed off and discarded. But there are lists that are not discarded, lists that people remember, that they read or chant over and over—litanies. This workshop provides a space where participants self-select writing topics, and then step themselves out of the way of litanies that ask to be composed, changed, and charged with energy.” As time allows, the group may also read and reflect about poems and prose that is generated.
Space is limited for the workshop, so please call 607-387-5939 or e-mail to register. The workshop fee is $10.
At 5pm on the same day, TCFA will present “A Reading by Mary Gilliland.” Mary will read and talk about some of her own work that originated as lists or was written as litanies. Admission to the reading is free—donations gratefully accepted.
PW_logoThese events are funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Benefit Auction for TCFA, Saturday 11/5, 2pm

Thanks to the generosity of Steven Daly of Ithaca Vintage and of the Finger Lakes Estate and Auction Co., as well as several generous donors, an auction on behalf of the Trumansburg Conservatory will be held this weekend, Saturday, November 5, 2pm, at the auction house (see below). Included in the sale items will be nearly 20 original paintings, large and small, by the late Dorothy Hoyt Dillingham. Ms. Dillingham, who grew up in the Forest Home area in Ithaca, had a very long, prolific career, and her work was shown at galleries around the world. Her first one-person show was in New York City, in 1947. She was married to Howard Dillingham, president of Ithaca College, and helped in the shaping of the young school.
In addition to the Dillingham paintings, donated work to be sold in the auction includes a handmade iron wood rack, complete with a face cord of wood, a silver tea set and more.
NOTE that the auction is at the Finger Lakes Estate & Auction house, 478 Lower Creek Road in Ithaca, NOT at TCFA.