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Thank You to Special Music School's Supporters

Special thanks to the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, The Edwin Caplin Foundation and Mr. Chretien Risley, Trustee, Rosalind Devon, Jerome L. Greene Foundation, Elaine and Henry Kaufman, Bethany and Robert B. Millard, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, William and Janet Schwartz, and Cathy White O'Rourke for serving as Benefactors of Special Music School in 2020-21.

We are also 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 ASCAP Foundation, Assurant Foundation, Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation, Stephen & Mary Birch Foundation, Inc., The Edwin Caplin Foundation and Mr. Chretien Risley, Trustee, Con Edison, D’Addario Foundation, E.H.A. Foundation, Inc., The Ferriday Fund, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Jerome L. Greene 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, TD Charitable Foundation, Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, and The Weininger Foundation, 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, from the New York City Council through the good offices of Council Member Helen Rosenthal, 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 September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020. 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.

$50,000 and above
Anonymous (2)
The Edwin Caplin Foundation and Mr. Chretien Risley, Trustee
Sally Cummins
Phyllis and Sam Feder
E.H.A. Foundation, Inc.
Jerome L. Greene Foundation
Howard Gilman Foundation
The Hearst Foundations, Inc.
Elaine and Henry Kaufman
Bethany and Robert B. Millard
Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc.
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council
NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust
National Endowment for the Arts
Cathy White O'Rourke
The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund
William A. and Janet Schwartz
Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

$25,000 to $49,999
Assurant Foundation
Augustine Foundation
Joel and Tracy Beckerman
Rosalind Devon
Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
Dinah Jacobs
David Klafter and Nancy Kestenbaum
Solange Landau
The Johnny Mercer Foundation
Wendy and Bruce Mosler
Man Made Music
The Mystery Lady of Santa Fe
Estate of Blanche Shapiro
Marjorie Penrod and Eric Wallar
PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The Rea Charitable Trust

$10,000 to $24,999
Arthur F. & Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation
Judy Hart Angelo
Arts and Letters Foundation, Inc.
The ASCAP Foundation
Johanna Roman Barish
Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation
Justin Berrie
Stephen & Mary Birch Foundation, Inc.
Cheswatyr Foundation
Lilian and Jacob Cohen
Con Edison
The Aaron Copland Fund for Music
Cowen Charitable Lead Unitrust
Credit Suisse
The Barbara Bell Cumming Charitable Trust
George Dennis
Charles Dimston and Elena Asribekova
Danielle Dimston
The Ferriday Fund
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Anna and Mark Gurevich
Kara Hammond
Margaret Jan and Alex Chi
Tom and Ann Johnson
Dennis Lee and Migene Kim
Jennifer and Tim Kingston
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Devorah Rose and David B. Krieger
Harold I. and Faye B. Liss Foundation
The Frederick Loewe Foundation, Inc.
The Lester & Grace Maslow Foundation
Sharon and Solomon Merkin
New York State Council on the Arts
Rosemary and John O'Brien
The Patrina Foundation
Tatiana Piankova Foundation
Sal Piscopo
Shahriar and Noa Rafimayeri
Orli Shaham and David Robertson
James Rosenfield
Jessica Rothstein and Kurt Lageschulte
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
Beth and David E. Shaw
Nataly and Dimitri Sogoloff
Jonathan and Kathy Sulds
Kara Unterberg
Patricia Weinbach
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Luka and Niko Zylik

$5,000 to $9,999
Joshua Bell
Capital Counsel LLC
Joyce Cowin
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Franklin Philanthropic Foundation
The Hyde and Watson Foundation
The Libby Holman Foundation
Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway
Joyce Elsa Goodman
Peter Gottsegen
Estelle Greco
Judith and Robert Hall
Boyan Jovanovic
Nikki Daniels Kready and Jeff Kready
Sarah and Martin Leibowitz
Ann and Michael Loeb
Katherine Schlatter and Joseph Mauro
Maverick Capital Foundation
Media The Foundation, Inc.
Olga Nekrasova and Andy Arluk
One Day University
Stephanie and Mark Rambler
Hon. Helen Rosenthal, New York City Councilmember, 6th District
Hon. Linda Rosenthal, 67th District NY State Assemblymember
Rita Fredricks Salzman
Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts
Robert Sirota
Chris and Christa Somers
Meryl Streep
TD Charitable Foundation
Michael Tuch Foundation
Vornado Realty Trust
Joseph Walker and Nancy Walker Jtwros
Joy and Graham Wyatt

$1,000 to $4,999
The Amphion Foundation
Argentine Tango Society
Botwinick-Wolfensohn Foundation, Inc.
Jody and John Arnhold
Margot Astrachan
Laura and Manuel Bardash
Bernard Berkowitz
Elaine S. Bernstein
Helene Blue
BMI Foundation
Janet Bragg
Fred Braid
Cynthia Brodsky
The Brownington Foundation
Becke Buffalo and Lars Hanson
M. Faith Burton
Carole Cate and Darran Foster
Jill and Arthur Caruso
Ellen and Damian Cavaleri
Catharine Chang and Hooni Kim
Girlie Chang and Michael Vermut
Jane and Joseph Chang
Roger Chen and Eileen Shin
Theodore Cohn
Rebecca Cooper and Michael Waldman
D’Addario Foundation
Claire and Eric Davenport
Susan and Conrad De Jong Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation
Manuel De La Nuez
Barbara and Richard Debs
Dana Devon and Neil Sand
Philip Devon Family Foundation
Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University
Gina Dizzia and Daniel Fernandez
Howard D. Dorfman
Ether Advisory Partners, Inc.
Joel Faber
Juan Farias and Meredith Denton
Lidia Feyder
First Manhattan Co.
Bernice G. Fleischer
Judi Sorensen Flom
Joele Frank and Laurence Klurfled
Arlene and Stephen Friedlander
Richard Gaddes
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Gilbert M. Gastelum
Jeff Gates and Mike Moran
Judy Gettelfinger
Mark and Michelle Graham
Marsha Gray
Lawrence Gubler
Glenn Gundersen
Sharon Gurwitz
Meredith Henry
Rochelle and David Hirsch
Helen Hovdesven
Cleo and Joseph Hung
Paul Hyman
The Isdell Foundation
Nathalie Joachim
Greg Kammerer and Fred White
Judith and Sheldon Kaufman
Patricia Kenner
Judith Kessler and Lee M. Arthurs
Henry Klein
Jane and Charles Klein
Melissa Ko and Douglas Hahn
Sidney Kohl Family Foundation
Lisa J. Kohl and Ricardo Hornos
The Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation
Annik LaFarge
Jennifer Laing and Tom Schopflocher
Yvonne Lau and Derek Tsui
Marcia Lavipour
Leap Architecture
Leslie Lehman
Aaron Levy
Sharon R. and Brad Linard
Linden Arts Fund for Children
Loeb & Loeb, LLC
Pamela Luchansky and Chester Kaplan
Evelyne Luest and Aaron Kernis
Lila and Ron March
Christina M. Mason
Kyle McCarthy and Ron Bozman
Alexandra McCormack and Dimitrije Mitrinovic
Karen McKinnon and Ricardo Zurita
Clare and Howard McMorris
Terence Meehan
Joohee and Gabriel Meister
Janis and Alan Menken
Jill and Michael Neiberg
Hope and Joshua Newman
Nancy and Morris W. Offit
Amanda and Ned Offit
Jisoo Ok and Hector del Curto 
Sarah Paley and Robert Kerrey
Clifford R. Palmer
Barbara and Louis Perlmutter
Veronique and Robert Pittman
Barbara Rellstab
The Rodgers and Hammerstein Foundation
Elizabeth and John Rose
Jane and Alfred Ross
Janet Schlatter
Alene Schneierson and Morris Krimolovsky
Gail Schorr
Donna and Steven Schragis
Ian Seow and Madeline Tok
Virginia and Edward Sermier
Kate Sheeran
Melanie Shorin and Greg S. Feldman
Jennifer Shotwell
Mathieu C. Shrontz
Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts
Irving Sitnick
Gordon H. Smith
The Ted Snowdon Foundation
Sydney and Jon Stern
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.
Roni Tamari and Shai Wosner
Marcy and David Tannenbaum
Yodon Thonden and Kevin Toner
Seymour Ubell and Marsha Tosk
Bradley A. Vernatter
Jay and Randi Vodofsky
Sally Davis Wasserman and Greg Wasserman
Christina and Lawrence Wee
Hadassah Weiner
The Weininger Foundation, Inc.
Carol Wincenc
The Wise Family Charitable Foundation
Margot Witty
A. Ross Wollen
Qian Xue and Kailuo Wang
Tina Yu and Gary Lee

Lisa Bielawa's Artist Residency is generously underwritten by Cathy White O'Rourke.

Seth Parker Woods's Artist Residency is generously underwritten by Dinah Jacobs.

Conrad Tao's Artist Residency is generously underwritten by The Barbara Bell Cumming Charitable Trust.

Arthur F. & Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation
Neal Brilliant
Ellen and Damian Cavaleri
Barbara Bell Cumming Charitable Foundation
Sally Davis and Greg Wasserman
Rosalind Devon
Faber Future Foundation
Phyllis and Sam Feder 
Judy Gettelfinger
Matthew Gline
Helen Hovdesven
Dinah Jacobs
Joan Mohr
Shahriar Rafimayeri
Cathy White O’Rourke
Orli Shaham and David Robertson
Janet and Gil Spitzer
Sydney and Jon Stern
Luka and Niko Zylik

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 their 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 
Christina M. Mason 
Cathy White O’Rourke
Johanna Roman Barish 
Evelyn Ronell 
Blanche Shapiro 
Dorothy Silverstein

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