Permanent endowment funds provide a perpetual source of support
for NMS programs and students!

NMS has a number of named endowment funds which provide a vital source of support for specific programs and students now and in the years ahead. Some donors choose to contribute to one of these ongoing funds and help them continue to grow.

Danko/Todd Award for Excellence in Jazz Studies and Performance: Audition-based competition and scholarship to NMS Summer Jazz, established in 1999 by former Board member Ken Todd in honor of notable jazz pianist and former NMS faculty member Harold Danko.

Grace Feldman Endowment Award for Ensemble Excellence: Ensemble member award established in 2014 in honor of the 50th anniversary of longtime faculty member Grace Feldman, Ensemble Program Chair. Learn more about this endowment fund here.

Jon T. Hirschoff Scholarship Fund: A fund created by the Hirschoff family to honor the former NMS Board president and accomplished pianist, providing musical instruction to a voice or piano student each year. Learn more about the Hirschoff Fund here.

Arlette Miller Endowment Fund: For adult programming; established in 2012 in memory of Arlette Miller, former Board member and major donor.

Preschool Endowment Fund: For general support of NMS Preschool; established in 2004.

Helen S. Taffel Endowment Fund: Financial aid for piano students; established in 2000 by Helen Taffel, longtime donor, in memory of her late daughter Katherine.

Barbara L. Townshend Fund: Scholarship awards for classical piano students; established in 2014 by Suzanne Emerson and Heaton Townshend in memory of their mother and former NMS volunteer.

Visconti Family Fund: For general support of NMS; established in 2013 by Michele Visconti in memory of her parents, Michael and Catherine Visconti.

Regina M. Warner Award: For outstanding achievement to a graduating senior from New Haven Public Schools. Established in 2008 as a tribute to Dr. Warner, tireless champion for music education in New Haven Public Schools. Learn more about the Warner Fund here.

Welcome to the Neighborhood Endowment Fund:  A fund for refugees in New Haven provides annual scholarship(s) for individual or group instruction for international refugees resettling in New Haven who demonstrate financial need, and/or to fund a portion of refugee faculty salaries, with preference given to those who teach traditional instruments. For more information, contact Noah Bloom, Executive Director at [email protected]org

“NMS is a place like no other. There are barely a handful of schools in the country that provide the kinds of services that NMS does, and I’m certain that none of them has such an incredible ensemble program for students young and old.”
Kathrin Lassila, Never-Too-Late Ensemble member
(first row, second from the right,)

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We would like to thank our Endowment Donors
for their generous gifts.

Gifts of $1,000 and up:
Anne-Marie Foltz
George Miller
The Naomi Charitable Trust
Carol & Stephen Ross
Gifts up to $1,000: 
Doris & James Barber
Beatrice Bartlett
Betsy Bradburn-Assoian
Michael Cocchi
Anne & Daniel Harrison
Robert & Margaret Hodge
Ann & Stephen Hutchings
Mary Larew
Sara Ohly
Elizabeth & William Sledge