About Bloomingdale School of Music

About Bloomingdale School of Music

OVER 50 YEARS OF MUSIC EDUCATION

Founded in 1964, Bloomingdale School of Music is dedicated to the belief that music changes lives and everyone should have access to high-quality music education regardless of economic status, race, religion, ability level, or gender.

OUR VALUES DRIVE OUR MISSION

Bloomingdale School of Music is a music-driven community center where all are welcome to join and learn about music from top faculty. We are dedicated to our mission –  to make music education accessible to all who want to learn – and remain focused on supporting this mission through our values.

PROVIDE ACCESS

We believe music is for everyone. We work with students to overcome financial or personal obstacles by offering aid and flexibility.

DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE

We value diversity by creating an environment of voices where each member is inspired to be open and feels valued.

COMMUNITY-FOCUSED

A community that unites all ages, backgrounds, and cultures, Bloomingdale finds common purpose through the language of music.

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PASSIONATE PEOPLE Inspiring MUSIC DEVELOPMENT

Through our 50+ years, Bloomingdale has served generations of families with a personal and welcoming approach. Our board are a dedicated group of volunteers committed to education and music access.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Erika s. Floreska

Erika comes from a musical family, and started singing and playing the flute when she was nine. It was a natural progression for her to pursue a career at organizations that are committed to making music and music education accessible to all. Since 2014 she’s been the Executive Director of Bloomingdale School of Music. She’s strengthened BSM’s 50-year tradition of deep engagement with the Upper West Side community, and has expanded BSM’s scholarship program. Prior to BSM she spent 20 years at leading arts organizations, as the Executive Director of Tectonic Theater Project and Director of Education at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Our Board

Kenneth Michaels, President
Bradley Kulman, Vice President
Paul Ness, Treasurer
Mati Adler
Susan Lanter Blank
Amy Brenna
Jean Marie DeVeaux
Sherry Glied
Patrice Jean
Burton Kassell
Andrea Gural
Catherine McKenzie
Suzy Stein
Brian Upbin
Randi Urban

Advisory Council

Evangeline Benedetti
Ruth Cherry
Eugenie Dengel
Ann Bingley Gallops
Kristin Booth Glen
Elinor Hoover
Marta Istomin
Harry M. Johnston, III
The Hon. Franz S. Leichter
Elizabeth Maher
Peter Schickele
Jo-Ann Sternberg
Stanley G. Weiss

Faculty Artists and Administrative Staff

We carefully selected our devoted faculty artists and administrative staff to ensure we have the best and most committed teachers in the business. Bloomingdale is about more than just learning. It’s about finding passion, encouraging creativity, seeking originality, and offering an outlet for self-expression. Every member of our family is dedicated to our mission and upholds the values of our vision in everything we do.

PARTNERS IN MUSIC EDUCATION

It takes a village of supporters to drive and maintain a mission. Our partners share our ethical and professional values and together, we are driven to make a difference.