Feb 7 – Acoustic Round Robin

Round Robin

First Thursday of the month, from 8:30-10p, downstairs at TCFA

Lynn Wiles will be hosting our open mic gathering at the Trumansburg Conservatory. This is a chance to bring musicians together to share with others, songs that they would like to share, whether it be tunes in the works, completed and polished songs, or tunes to get feedback about, this will be an opportunity to do so in a performance situation. A small PA and a mic set up will be on stage. Two or three songs per performer. 

If you would like to perform, email guitarstudio@ottcmail.com. Number of performers will need to be limited due to time limit. Free to attend or play.


Nov 10 – Zingology – Swing that Zings


Saturday, Nov 10 from 7-10
Dance lesson begins at 6
Tickets $10 at the door

Zingology Combo is an Ithaca, NY based swing and jazz group that specializes in vintage swing from the 1920’s through the 40’s, the golden era of swing. Come see them live at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, Trumansburg, NY – a great space, wonderful dance floor, historic location and for a fine cause too.

Tickets include a class in Balboa dancing (swing dance) at 6PM! Live performance starts at 7PM! Come, enjoy the music and dancing!!!

Nov 4 – TOiVO Fall Dance Party

TOiVO web headerTOiVO Fall Dance Party
A benefit for TCFA

Sunday, November 4 from 3-5
$10 donation at the door

All ages are welcome to enjoy music that is good for dancing and good for listening! Bring a partner or come alone! Wallflowers are welcome, too! Enjoy the biggest, best wooden dance floor in the Finger Lakes.

TOiVO will play an eclectic mix of Scandinavian, Tex-Mex, Cajun, honky-tonk, European, South American and many original dance tunes. You’ll enjoy waltzes, tangos, two-steps, polkas, schottisches, foxtrots, cheek-to-cheek, hambos, and huapangos.

Find out more about TOiVO at their web site:

Blues Jam at the Conservatory

On the fourth Monday of each month the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts will host an acoustic blues guitar jam. The first session will be on Monday, October 22nd from 7 – 9 PM. Bill Gregg, long time guitar teacher at TCFA, has presented several blues workshops at the conservatory in recent years. He is inviting guitarists of all levels who are interested in traditional blues to get together and play with others who enjoy this music. The format will be a round robin jam where each player can take a turn leading a song while others join in. For those who don’t feel comfortable in leading, it is perfectly OK to pass and just play along. Other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in too (mandolin, acoustic bass, fiddle, jug etc.) For more information contact Bill Gregg at info@harmonic-resources.com

November 9: Terry Robb in concert

The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts is proud to announce Terry Robb, live in concert on Friday, November 9 from 8-10pm.

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A dynamic, unforgettable fingerstyle guitar virtuoso, Terry Robb has redefined acoustic blues guitar with his signature fingerpicking style. Drawing international acclaim from worldwide audiences, music critics and his distinguished peers, Robb’s unique blues sound, incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta music tradition, ragtime, country, swing, and jazz, has made him a legend among blues musicians in his prolific music career spanning four decades.

“It’s the rare guitarist who can whip off a killer 12-bar blues solo, then turn around and fingerpick Travis-style with speed and subtlety. Yet Portland, Oregon, guitarist and singer Terry Robb does just that.” – Ian Zack, Acoustic Guitar

Advance tickets are available online HERE for $13, and $15 at the door. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the most celebrated blues guitarists at the historic Conservatory.

Additionally, Terry will be holding a guitar workshop the following day on Saturday Nov 10 from 2-4 PM for $35 (paid at the door on the day of the workshop) or $30 for concert attendees from the night before.

October 27: Draw-A-Thon from noon to midnight

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A fundraiser to benefit arts education at TCFA, this event is a part of “The Big Draw Festival”, a worldwide drawing event.

Free and open to the public ($10 suggested donation)
With drawing materials provided for all participants, and featuring multiple still lives for all skill levels. Live music from 9pm to midnight. Also available all day are books on drawing, a scientific illustration table, self portrait station, community draw and light refreshments.

This event is made possible with the generous assistance of Finger Lakes ReUse and Up Country Antiques, as well as a grant from Tompkins County Community Arts Partnership.


SESSION 1 / Noon-4PM
Three still lifes: Basic, Intermediate & Advanced (materials provided by Finger Lakes Reuse and Up Country Antiques)
12-1pm Workshop with Anna Pausch “Drawing from the Inside Out”
1-2pm Workshop with Annie Campbell “Letting your Imagination FLY”
2-3pm Workshop with Don Ellis “Computer Graphics & Paint Brushes as Co-workers”

On-going media presentation with Evan Stewart Eisenberg Three new still lifes: Basic, Intermediate & Advanced (materials provided by Finger Lakes ReUse and Up Country Antiques)

Staged figure drawing with two costumed models and live music

October 13: 2018 Annual Fall Invitational Art Show

The Mystery Within web headerThe Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) is very pleased to announce its 34th annual Fall Invitational art show, this year titled “The Mystery Within.” The show takes place in the conservatory from October 13 through Halloween (specific open hours below).

The show opening is Saturday evening, October 13, from 7-9pm.  The show is free and open to the public, and features a performance by musicians Nikolai Ruskin and Dara Anissi of SOUK. 

Encourage your mind to wander a path of possibilities. Delve into the works of the four remarkable artists featured at The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Art’s 34th Annual Fall Invitational.

  • Internationally known Philadelphia artist, Treacy Ziegler sets the tone with a selection of her provocative mono prints and bronze sculpture.
  • Joe Radoccia, from the Hudson Valley, adds monumental portraits from his “Becoming Elders” series that celebrates age in the LGBTQ community.
  • Momoko Takeshita Keane’s sumptuous organic clay vessels have competed on the world stage from Kyoto to Washington at our own Smithsonian.
  • Local Ithaca artist John Lyon Paul shares his stunning explorations in color, texture and rhythm in works from his visionary series,”Meditation Shawls”.

Show viewing hours as follows: 

Fridays, October 19 and 26, 2-7pm
Saturday, October 20, 2-7pm
Saturday, October 27 (TCFA Draw-A-Thon) noon-midnight
Sundays, October 21 and 28, noon-6pm
Wednesday, October 31 (Halloween Open house), 5-7:30pm

September 30: The Other Side of Bill Gregg

The conservatory’s long time guitar instructor, Bill Gregg, will present THE OTHER SIDE OF BILL GREGG a concert showcasing the Appalachian or lap dulcimer, mandolin, ukulele, fiddle, banjo, piano, and autoharp along with a couple of pieces on guitar. After one of his guitar concerts last year, an audience member asked, “When are you going to do a show with all those other instruments that you play?” This is that requested concert.

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In lieu of 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 TCFA and its mission of bringing music, art and dance to the community.

September 9: Chamber Music @ NewPark fundraiser at TCFA

Sunday, Sept. 9th, 2018 at TCFA
Beginning at 2pm with reception to follow at 4pm


This is the final 2018 performance of Chamber Music @ NewPark and they are coming to the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts for their yearly fundraiser. Help support this incredible group of performers and see them in an intimate setting at the Conservatory. Performance begins at2 with a reception to follow with light refreshments. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for students, and children 18 and under free at the door or included in your season pass (see details HERE). The performance program for the evening is:

  • Yoshimatsu: Piano Folio to a Disappeared Pleiad

  • Adams: Road Movies for Violin and Piano

  • Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”

  • Yoshimatsu: And Birds Are Still

  • Reich: Duet for Two Violins and String Orchestra

  • Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 11 in A Major, HWV 329*
    *in collaboration with young musicians from Tompkins County

“Chamber Music @ NewPark combines the connective power of chamber music with a stunning location to create unforgettable experiences for both the audience and the performers… the concerts offer beautifully curated, top-notch performances by artists they otherwise wouldn’t have a chance to hear…”
-Rory McLeod, violist (2016, 2017)


September 21: Contra Dance – Katy Heine with O’Shanigans


Katy Heine calling the dances to the high energy music of O’Shanigans. Jon Avery (fiddle), Phil Robinson (guitar), Katrina Mackey (flute) and Michael Ludgate (mandolin, foot percussion). Easy to learn dances with full instructions from a great teacher and caller. No partner needed – just come. Clean dance shoes are always appreciated to protect the floor. Admission $9 at the door.