By: Magda Katz


Tony Award nominee Jon Tartaglia, New York Pops Music Director Steven Reineke, and New York Theatre Ballet Artistic Director Diana Byer led a special talkback with students from New York Theatre Ballet and TADA! Youth Theater. These students, performed in The New York Pops Family Concert “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Carnegie Hall. They had the opportunity to learn and ask questions from these notable artists in a personal session dedicated exclusively to them.

The discussion focused on careers in the performing arts and the steps each artist has taken to get where they are- from their early training, through their first successes, to their current roles as performers and educators.

The New York Pops is dedicated to lifelong learning, and collaborates with public schools, community organizations, children’s hospitals and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of NewYork City. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers, of all ages and backgrounds, to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun.  PopsEd makes music open to all, and uses tools like composition, lyric writing, performance and mentorship to foster learning and unbridled creativity. In doing so, these programs excite students and give them skills they can apply to all areas of their lives.