The Knights at BKCM!

Sunday, November 20, members of the Knights, an incredible chamber orchestra, will be giving a concert for Suzuki students from 3 – 4 PM in our Concert Hall.

Please RSVP as space is limited. Please only one parent per family.

(We have 240 students and the Concert Hall has a capacity of 105!)

Please use this RSVP link

To ensure that everyone has a positive listening experience, please do not bring children younger than age 4, and please make sure your children listen quietly.

The Knights are led by Artistic Directors and brothers, Colin and Eric Jacobsen (who are former Suzuki students!)

This Sunday, Colin Jacobsen, Miranda Sielaff, viola, and Steve Beck, piano, will perform:

W.A. Mozart, Duo for Violin and Viola in G Major, K. 423
Vaughn Williams, The Lark Ascending (violin and piano)
Franz Schubert, Violin Sonata in G Minor, “Sonatina” D. 408 (violin and piano)

The orchestra has toured and recorded with renowned soloists including Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Bela Fleck, and Gil Shaham, and have performed at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and the Vienna Musikverien. Spring 2017 will see the release of The Knights’ new album featuring Yo-Yo Ma on works by Osvaldo Golijov, Dvorak, and Sufjan Stevens.

Following the concert, Colin will coach the Teen Ensemble from 4 – 5 PM.

The New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts

The New York Philharmonic is bringing its famed Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) into the 21st century and around the world. Today we announced the launch of Young People’s Concerts Play!, a new online learning platform making YPCs available for on-demand streaming, enhanced by interactive lessons. Check out the first releases — YPCs focusing on Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream —for free at

Johnson String Instrument rental questions

Here are answers to a lot of the questions about Johnson Strings rentals, found on their website. Next time you move up a size, now you know you can consider a wooden bow or an upgrade to the next grade of instrument, and how much it will cost. Also, it is good to know that all the money you’re putting into rentals is being banked and a percentage of it goes towards a purchase!

For what types of players are your rentals suitable?

We offer three grades of rental instruments to accommodate players of all skill levels, from beginner to professional. Our Standard Rental instruments are suitable for beginning and intermediate players and are set up and maintained by our staff of professional luthiers to meet exacting standards for playability and tone.

For more experienced players, our Advanced Rental option provides enhanced sound quality via a better instrument and upgraded bow. Master Rentals are finely crafted instruments, many selected from among our sales stock, which are suitable for professional players and the most discerning students.Does the cost of renting go towards purchasing an instrument?

Our Rental Equity Policy allows a portion of what you pay in rent to be applied towards the cost of an instrument of equal or greater value – either from our rental stock or from our sales department.* You may use 100% of the first year’s rental fees (excluding insurance and tax), and 20% of all subsequent rental fees, toward the purchase price.

* Please note: Equity may not be used to purchase bows, cases, electric instruments, or consignment instruments. Rentals are sold as outfits only, with bow and case included. Equity will be valid for two years after the close of your rental account, after which time it may be forfeited.

Can I rent a wooden bow?

Carbon fiber bows are provided for our Advanced and Master levels of rentals. Carbon fiber has all the great playing properties of a wooden stick, without the typical mechanical issues that occur with inexpensive wooden bows. Wooden bows may be substituted by special request by adding a note in the Additional Notes field at Checkout, or by calling 800-359-9351.

Standard instruments come with a durable, lightweight fiberglass bow that works well for beginning students and young children. Carbon fiber (or wood by special request) can be provided for our Standard outfits for an additional fee. ($6/month for violins and violas, $8/month for cellos) Please note that you cannot rent a bow by itself, but only as part of an instrument outfit.

Please Note: Upgraded bows are not available for 1/16 and 1/10 size violins, 1/16 and 1/10 size violas, 1/10 size cellos, and all standard basses.

What do I do if my rental instrument breaks a string or is damaged?

Most types of accidental damage and all broken strings are covered by your rental insurance. Customers are welcome to visit the shop at any time to have a broken string replaced or damaged instrument/bow exchanged. We can also ship a replacement string or instrument/bow. Simply place an order via your online account, or via phone at 800-359-9351. Broken string replacement orders ship for free.

For instruments and bows, the customer is responsible for both outbound and inbound shipping costs. In most cases we will ship the replacement instrument, and the customer would use the same box to ship back the damaged instrument within 2 weeks.

To return instruments, customers are welcome to purchase a prepaid UPS Return Label at Johnson String Instrument standard shipping rates, which are often much cheaper than UPS Store or Post Office retail rates. Information on different types of instrument damage.

Johnson String Service Trips

If you are renting an instrument from Johnson String, you can plan the deliveries and exchanges based on their monthly service trips to BKCM, listed here on their website.  Instruments can be picked up in the afternoon of the day of the delivery. Should you have an exchange, please drop off your instruments no more than 24 hours prior to the scheduled service trip. The phone number for Johnson String is (800) 359-9351, their website is


The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra directed by Dorothy Savitch returns to the Brooklyn Museum for its annual presentation of Prokofiev’s classic “Peter and the Wolf,” set within the galleries of the Brooklyn Museum, telling the story of a young boy, Peter, who is taking an art class at the museum. This wonderful event is a huge draw for the entire family. Tickets sell out early, get more details here.

Join us for Waltz the Night Away, a benefit concert for the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Community Orchestra.Party Like It’s The ’90s (the 1890s)!  Waltz the night away in Park Slope to support the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra.  Enjoy music by the orchestra, dance lessons with Laurie Shayler and Dance Connection, and a performance by Jazz vocalist Toby Williams.

Drinks and dessert are included.

Historic attire welcome!

Visit for a list of other BKCM events.