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Zukof Announces Retirement as Executive Director of Neighborhood Music School

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Jul 31, 2013
New Haven, CT

The board of directors of the Neighborhood Music School announced today that Larry Zukof will retire on June 30, 2014, from his position as executive director.

Larry Zukof, a renowned recorder player, singer, and early music specialist, assumed the leadership of Neighborhood Music School in 1996, having come to New Haven from the Brookline Music School, Brookline, MA, where he was executive director for 12 years. 
For 17 years, Larry has brought to Neighborhood Music School his considerable skills, experience, talent, vision, and an unbridled enthusiasm for music, dance and theater education. Under his guidance, the School has flourished, doubling in size; programming has greatly expanded, made possible by the dedication of and implementation by its highly talented faculty; the ensemble program has become one of the largest and most well regarded in the country; and outreach into the community has resulted in new partnerships with local public and private schools, community organizations, and the arts community. In addition, the budget has tripled to $4.5 million; financial aid and scholarships grew from $30,000 to over $200,000 today; and the School raised $6 million for the renovation and expansion of the Audubon Street facility, thanks to the enormous support of the State of Connecticut, community leaders, and generous individuals. 
The Board acknowledges Larry's tireless energy and vision. Thoughtfully and carefully he has led this large, complex institution and helped it grow by providing innovative, creative, and engaging ideas, while maintaining its excellence in teaching and its commitment to serve the Greater New Haven community.
About Neighborhood Music School
Neighborhood Music School (NMS), established during the Settlement House Movement in 1911, is a non-profit community arts school and concert venue offering a broad variety of high quality music and dance instruction and programming.  As one of the 10 largest community arts schools in the Guild, NMS serves over 3,000 children and adults of all ages and levels of experience from 80 cities and towns throughout Connecticut and beyond.  It offers instruction in 30 instruments, voice and dance, Suzuki and non-Western instrument instruction, theory and composition classes, jazz studies and early music programs, a state-certified arts-based preschool, summer arts, band and jazz camps, and one of the largest ensemble programs in the U.S.  The School’s mission to increase access to high quality arts education is supported by a significant financial aid program and by an active community collaboration & partnership agenda.  NMS is funded by tuition and charitable donations from individuals, foundations and corporations.

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