Thank You to Special Music School's Supporters

We are grateful to the following donors for underwriting the music program for Special Music School students during the 2020-21 year: 
Judy Hart Angelo, Anonymous (2), Joel and Tracy Beckerman, Sally Cummins, Rosalind Devon, Charles Dimston, Phyllis and Samuel Feder, Anna and Mark Gurevich, Kara Hammond, Dinah Jacobs, Margaret Jan and Alex Chi, Thomas and Margaret Johnson, Elaine and Henry Kaufman, Jennifer and Tim Kingston, David Klafter and Nancy Kestenbaum, Nikki Renée Daniels and Jeff Kready, Devorah Rose and David Krieger, Solange Landau, Bethany and Robert B. Millard, Wendy and Bruce Mosler, Rosemary and John O'Brien, Cathy White O'Rourke, Marjorie Penrod and Eric Wallar, Johanna Roman Barish, Janet and William Schwartz, Nataly and Dimitri Sogoloff, Kara Unterberg, Patricia Weinbach, and Luka and Niko Zylik. 

The music program of Special Music School is made possible, in part, by The Alphadyne Foundation, Arts and Letters Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund, The Assurant Foundation, Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation, Stephen & Mary Birch Foundation, Inc., BNP Paribas, Capital Counsel, The Edwin Caplin Foundation and Mr. Chretien Risley, Trustee, Con Edison, D’Addario Foundation, E.H.A. Foundation, Inc., Ether Advisory Partners, Inc., The Ferriday Fund, Jerome L. Greene Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, Inc., Harold I. and Faye B. Liss Foundation, The Frederick Loewe Foundation, Inc., The Lester & Grace Maslow Foundation, Tatiana Piankova Foundation, PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc., The Rubin-Ladd Foundation, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, Vitalogy Foundation, The Weininger Foundation, and YPC National, Inc.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. 



Kaufman Music Center is grateful to the following supporters, who have provided leadership gifts of $1,000 or more to the annual fund between August 31st, 2021 and December 1st, 2022. Their generous contributions play a critical role in advancing the Center’s mission to stimulate appreciation of and participation in music through music performance and education.

$250,000 and above
Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation
The Peter Michael Gray Fund
Jerome L. Greene Foundation
Elaine and Henry Kaufman
Dr. Roz Lasker
Bethany and Robert B. Millard
Cathy & John O’Rourke
The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund

$100,000 to $249,999
Ether Advisory Partners, Inc.
The Hearst Foundations, Inc.
Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc.
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Janet and William Schwartz*

$50,000 to $99,999
The Assurant Foundation
The Edwin Caplin Foundation and Mr. Chretien Risley, Trustee
Con Edison
Rosalind Devon
E.H.A. Foundation, Inc.
Howard Gilman Foundation
Goldman Sachs Gives Philanthropy Fund
Solange Landau
The Reich Fund
Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

$25,000 to $49,999
The Alphadyne Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
The Augustine Foundation
Joel and Tracy Beckerman
The Barbara Bell Cumming Charitable Trust
Sally Cummins
Franklin Philanthropic Foundation
Jennifer and Tim Kingston
Devorah Rose and David B. Krieger
Wendy and Bruce Mosler
Sal Piscopo
PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The Rea Charitable Trust
Janet and Gil Spitzer

$10,000 to $24,999
Angelo Acconcia and Christina Baldassarra
Arthur F. & Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation
Benevity Community Impact Fund
Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation
Justin Berrie
Bloomberg L.P.
Capital Counsel LLC
Cheswatyr Foundation
Kevin Cho
Deutsche Bank
Danielle Dimston
Evelyn Erskine
Tina Eskridge
Phyllis and Sam Feder
Valerie Feigen and Steven Eisman
The Ferriday Fund
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.
Michael and Sunyoung Graves
Kara Hammond
George Han and Julia Wu
The Libby Holman Foundation
The Hyde and Watson Foundation
Dinah Jacobs
William D. and Dr. Sally C. Johnson Family Foundation
Daniel Kaufman and Timothy Beaver
David Klafter and Nancy Kestenbaum
Nikki Daniels Kready and Jeff Kready
L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
Harold I. and Faye B. Liss Foundation
Ann and Michael* Loeb 
The Frederick Loewe Foundation
Made Music Studio
Mckinsey & Company
The Mystery Lady of Santa Fe
National Philanthropic Trust
Orchard Alliance
Marjorie Penrod and Eric Wallar
Tatiana Piankova Foundation
Shahriar and Noa Rafimayeri
James Rosenfield
Hon. Linda Rosenthal, New York State Assemblymember, 67th District
Jessica Rothstein and Kurt Lageschulte
Orli Shaham and David Robertson
Beth and David E. Shaw
Eileen Shin and Roger Chen
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.
Kara Unterberg
Vitalogy Foundation
Christina and Lawrence Wee
Patricia Weinbach
The Zylik Family

$5,000 to $9,999
American Endowment Foundation
Judy Hart Angelo
The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund
Carole and Norman Barham
Amy Berko and Ron Iles
Raymond Bermay
Michael Bretholz
Office of District 6 Council Member - Gale Brewer
The Aaron Copland Fund for Music
Marielle and Jacques Julien Corcos
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Lidia and Ken Feyder
Joyce Elsa Goodman
Estelle Greco
Anna and Mark Gurevich
Judith and Robert Hall
Lillie Nathan and Sally Helfman Charitable Trust
Rochelle and David Hirsch
Mika Kato and Boyan Jovanovic
Katz Family Charitable Annuity Trust
Vincent and Anne Mai
Myles Marti
The Lester & Grace Maslow Foundation
Christina M. Mason
Maverick Capital Foundation
Mimecast Charitable Fund
New York State Council on the Arts
John* and Rosemary O’Brien
The Patrina Foundation
James Power and Jane Chung
Barbara Rellstab
SS&C Technologies Matching Gift Program
Mrs. Rita Fredricks Salzman
Santa Fe Community Foundation
Donna and Steven Schragis
Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts
Irving Sitnick
The Ted Snowdon Foundation 
Chris and Christa Somers
Michael Tuch Foundation
The Weininger Foundation, Inc.
Joy and Graham Wyatt
YPC National Inc.

$1,000 to $4,999
Arlene and Alan Alda
The Amphion Foundation
Dr. Vivette Ancona
Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation
Kow Atta-Mensah
Austin Community Foundation
Ayco Charitable Foundation
Laura and Manuel* Bardash
Shannon Behrens
Elaine S. Bernstein
BMI Foundation, Inc.
BNP Paribas Philanthropy
Janet Bragg
Eleanor and Fred Braid
Neal Brilliant
Brokaw Family Foundation
The Brownington Foundation
Jeffrey Brown
Becke Buffalo and Lars Hanson
Tom and Harriet Burnett
M. Faith Burton
Martine and Ralph Calder
Ms. Carolyn Chaliff
Girlie Chang and Michael Vermut
Desmond Child
Rebecca Cooper and Michael Waldman
D'Addario Foundation
Barbara and Richard Debs
Dana Devon and Neil Sand
Philip Devon Family Foundation
Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University
Patricia Dugan
Lydia Emil
Jennie Emil
Faber Future Foundation
David Fellah and Ayse Porter
Harvey and Audrey Feuerstein
Barbara Freitag
Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway
Judy Gettelfinger
Matthew Gline
Connie* and Leonard Goodman*
Glenn Gundersen
Sharon Gurwitz
Mariel Harris and Dan Cooperman
Karen Hauser and Warren Leight
Richard and Carol Hochman
Sophia C. Hughes
Tom and Ann Johnson
Marianne and Ian Jones
Travis Kamm
Greg Kammerer and Fred White
Judith and Sheldon Kaufman
Judith Kessler and Lee M. Arthurs
Laurence Klurfeld and Joele Frank
Sidney Kohl Family Foundation |Lisa J. Kohl and Ricardo Hornos
Lydia and John Kontos
The Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation
Yumi and Eiichiro Kuwana
Annik LaFarge
Robin and Laurent Landau
David and Marcia Lavipour
Les Paul Foundation
Eleanor Luke
James Magid
Ketty and Francois Maisonrouge
The Marble Fund, Inc.
Lila and Ron March
Lisa Matricardi
Ann McDermott
Camilla and Hugh McFadden
Clare and Howard McMorris
Janis and Alan Menken
Moneta Group Charitable Foundation
Patricia G. Morrill and Sherwood Waldron, Jr.
Neuberger Berman, LLC
Hope and Joshua Newman
The New York Community Trust
Francisco Núñez
Nancy and Morris W. Offit
Ingrid Olhoffer
Lena Park
Katie and Josh Passman
Marguerite O. Pitts
The Rodgers and Hammerstein Foundation
Alfred and Jane Ross
Jay Rubinstein
Donna Saleh Foundation
Katherine Schlatter and Joseph Mauro
Priscilla and Richard J.* Schmeelk
Alene Schneierson and Morris Krimolovsky
Schwab Charitable
Marc Schwartz
Zeynep Semin and Julien Bramel
Virginia and Edward Sermier
Meira Shaham
Larissa Shahmatova and Ashok Subramanian
Sybil Shainwald
Virgina Sheridan and Morris Silver
Jennifer Shotwell
Suzanna Schroeder and Kevin Kovesci
Joanne L. Shrontz Family Foundation
Andrea and Charles Simon
Gordon H. Smith
Soros Fund Charitable Foundation
Sydney and Jon Stern
Shining Sung
Phyllis and Bernard Sussman
Marcy and David Tannenbaum
Bradley A. Vernatter
Jay and Randi Vodofsky
The Laura B. Vogler Foundation
Joseph Walker and Nancy Walker Jtwros
Michele Warman and Larry Hirschfeld
Hadassah R. Weiner
Maren Westphal and Omar Gutierrez
The Wise Family Charitable Foundation
Margot Witty
Jennifer and Kevin Woodruff


(As of December 1st, 2022)

Kaufman Music Center gratefully acknowledges the generous supporters who made leadership gifts to our educational programs, in honor of the retirement of our longstanding Executive Director, Lydia Kontos. Under Lydia’s leadership, the Center’s educational programs grew significantly, making a transformative impact on the young people of New York City. 

Apollo’s Circle
Elaine and Henry Kaufman

Rosalind Devon
Charles Dimston and Elena Asribekova
Bethany and Robert B. Millard
Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc.
Janet and William Schwartz

$25,000 to $49,999
Connie and Leonard Goodman
Migene Kim and Dennis Lee
Cathy White O’Rourke
Marjorie Penrod and Eric Wallar
Stephanie and Mark Rambler
Christa and Chris Somers

Lyric Poets
$10,000 to $24,999
Sanford L. Batkin
Carolina Farias
Phyllis and Samuel Feder
Judith and Robert Hall
Helen Hovdesven
Solange Landau
Wendy and Bruce Mosler
The Mystery Lady of Santa Fe
Barbara Rellstab
Orli Shaham and David Robertson
Janet and Gil Spitzer
Roni Tamari and Shai Wosner

Greek Chorus
$1,000 to $9,999
Arlene and Alan Alda
Margot Astrachan Production
Johanna Roman Barish
Helene Blue
Roger Chen and Eileen Shin
Lilian and Jacob Cohen
Betty Neal and Ronald A. Crutcher
Todd Dimston and Melissa Bank
Gina Dizzia and Daniel Fernandez
Elizabeth and Adrian Ellis
Judi Sorensen Flom
Michelle and Mark Graham
Mariel Harris and Daniel Cooperman
Jane Huber and L. Chandler Carter
Hooni Kim and Catharine Chang
The Kontos/Busquet family (Nina, John, Laurent, and Nicholas)
Yvonne Lau and Derek Tsui
Jenny X. Liao
Euching Lin and Wayne E. Yang
Alex and Brad Linard
Ann and Michael Loeb
Evelyne Luest and Aaron Jay Kernis
Christina M. Mason
Karen McKinnon and Ricardo Zurita
Joohee and Gabriel Meister
Olga Nekrasova and Andy Arluk
Amanda Offit
The Edward John and Patricia Rosenwald Foundation
The Alfred and Jane Ross Foundation
Jessica L. Rothstein and Kurt Lageschulte
Rita Fredricks Salzman
Katherine M. Schlatter and Joseph P. Mauro
Jack and Janet Teich
Joy and Graham Wyatt
Luka and Niko Zylik

Tzipora H. Jochsberger Society
The Tzipora H. Jochsberger Society was recently renamed in honor of our founder, who passed away at age 96 in late 2017. The Society recognizes the following generous supporters, who have included Kaufman Music Center in their estate plans, making a difference during lifetimes and beyond.

Anne Blatt
Helene Blue
Ilse Blumenfeld
Sidney Bresler
Rosalind Devon
Phyllis and Samuel Feder
Emanuel and Ellen Genauer
Estate of Anna Gold
Estelle Greco
Dinah Jacobs  
Adele D. Kapp
Carole A. Kemack
Solange Landau
Christina M. Mason
Clarice Mertzel
Cathy White O’Rourke
Johanna Roman Barish
Evelyn Ronell
Blanche Shapiro
Dorothy Silverstein