Education Programs

The ClaverackLanding (aka Columbia Festival Orchestra) is dedicated to cultivating an appreciation of the art of music in the young people of our community through the following programs:

  • TAKE A SEAT…IN THE ORCHESTRA is an exciting new mentoring program for area music students. More…
  • CFO YOUNG ARTISTS: Young artists are chosen periodically to perform on our programs. Our Young Artist 2010, Katie Hyun, violin, performed Astor Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” with CFO’s ClaverackLanding at Club Helsinki Hudson.  See Reviews.  Student ensembles from music conservatories such as the Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music have performed on our series and worked with our “Take a Seat” students.

Volunteers are needed to organize and supervise our concerts and education programs. If you are interested in helping, please contact us.


Intimate Voices String Quartet Residency
in the Chatham Schools

March 6, 2012

Many thanks to the T. Backer Fund
for sponsoring this residency

Community Sing of Handel’s MESSIAH
December 17, 2011 at 7 pm

Students will Take a Seat with their CFO mentors in the professional string ensemble to accompany the audience in this great holiday tradition!  Student singers are welcome as well!

Saturday, July 2 at 7:30 PM at the Columbia County Fairgrounds
Columbia Festival Ragtime Band
Gwen Gould, conductor

“Celebrate, America!” a concert of ragtime favorites and patriotic tunes

Students playing flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba and percussion are invited to join the ensemble on selected numbers. Rehearsals will take place on Friday, July 1, and Saturday morning, July 2.   To sign up, contact Marilyn Barry, Education Coordinator, at 518-392-1401 or e-mail  Students need to be recommended by their teacher.

The Evander Quartet

Saturday, June 4 at 2 pm
at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library
in Hillsdale, NY
with members of the Evander String Quartet.
Seven area string students will perform selections for the members of the Evander Quartet from the Eastman School of Music and work with them one-on-one incorporating suggestions for interpretation and technique.

Click image below to read the Register Star article about Joshua Rifkin’s Master Class for Columbia Festival Orchestra’s Take a Seat in the Orchestra piano students:

Masterclass with Joshua Rifkin, pianist, Saturday, January 22nd, 2011, at 3 pm at the Hudson Opera House. Eight area piano students of four local teachers performed in a masterclass setting for  Joshua Rifkin, internationally known pianist, musicologist and conductor.  Mr. Rifkin then coached the performers offering insights into the music and nuances of performance. Click Here for MASTERCLASS PROGRAM and students performing.

Saturday December 18, 2010, at 7:30 pm at St. James, Chatham, NY

ANNUAL COMMUNITY SING of Handel’s Messiah with instrumental ensemble of CFO members, Take a Seat in the Orchestra students and community members.

Friday, November 19, 2010, at 2:30 pm
Take a Seat in the Orchestra program at the Hawthorne Valley School presented by members of
CALLIOPE: A Renaissance Band, with participation of fifth and sixth grade recorder students.

Saturday, October 2, 2010, at 8 pm at Club Helsinki Hudson
TANGO meets Classical!
Debut concert of CFO’s new classical series called ClaverackLanding featuring CFO’s Young Artist, Katie Hyun, violin…Click Here for PROGRAM and REVIEWS

Friday, April 23, 2010, at the Chatham School
Day-long INTIMATE VOICES QUARTET residency in the Chatham School.  Evening performance by the quartet at St. James Church in Chatham included participation of Take a Seat in the Orchestra students performing with their mentors a movement from Vivaldi’s “Summer. ” …click here for PROGRAM

October 19, 2008, at 2 pm at St. James Church, Chatham, NY
FLUTE FORCE, A professional flute quartet performing a concert of original music followed by a Take a Seat in the Orchestra workshop for area flute students…click here for PROGRAM

July 2008 at PS21, Chatham, NY – A Classical Road Trip – Inaugural concert of Take a Seat in the Orchestra mentoring program included 18 area students performing with 35 CFO professionals in the premiere performance of Overture to a New Theater by David Grunberg.

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