The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous grant from the Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation to support our education programs. The Foundation was created by Miss Charlotte Bergen, a musician and conductor, who may be remembered as the sponsor of a series of free concerts given at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall in the 1970s and 1980s. Ms. Bergen is also known for her donation of a rare 1701 Servais Stradivarius Cello to the Smithsonian Institution, where it is maintained in the Hall of Musical Instruments. The foundation perpetuates Miss Bergen’s love of classical music and support of musical education by providing grants for musical performing arts and musical education.
This grant, along with donations from our supporters, will help us to continue our Partnership In Education program where we bring professional chamber musicians into schools to work directly with music students.
In the current academic year, we are planning to bring the program into high schools in White Plains, Henrick Hudson and Sleepy Hollow and, for the first time, SUNY-Purchase Conservatory of Music.