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About Us

In 1929, despite growing economic collapse from The Great Depression, a group of Westchester County community leaders had a vision – to share the gift of music with a world that needed respite.

Our founders created scholarships so that everyone had the chance to benefit from master-level instruction and inspiration. Notably famed cellist Pablo Casals, was one of the founders and jazz legend Cab Calloway once sat on our board.

Since its establishment over 93 years ago, MCW has been committed to its mission of maintaining excellence in music education and serving the broadest possible population.

MCW serves 3,000 students of all ages and abilities every year. From pre-kindergarten through retirees, we make music education accessible to everyone, and work tirelessly to provide scholarship assistance so virtually anyone with a passion for music can participate.

MCW is equally committed to providing an inclusive environment where students can emotionally benefit and grow from the transformative power of music.

Our Music Therapy Institute provides music programs for students with disabilities, including wounded military veterans, both onsite in the MCW building and in collaboration with 30 community partners (public schools, special education programs, medical facilities and social service agencies).

One of only sixteen non-degree-granting schools nationwide to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Conservatory has inspired generations of students, and contributed to a vibrant musical life in the county, region and beyond.

Looking To The Future

Looking to The Future

MCW has sturdy roots in the timeless traditions of instrumental and vocal music. Today we are building on that tradition by embracing what technology can bring to composing, practicing, recording and sharing music.

Our facilities will expand in Spring 2022 with a state-of-the-art audio-video Recording Studio and Digital Piano Lab, along with new studio space for percussion, rehearsals, and music therapy programs. Supported entirely by contributions, the new facilities will house Westchester’s very first precollege program in recording Engineering and Music Production, as well as other technology-based learning opportunities.

This project is just one example of MCW’s commitment to a vibrant future for all the people who will learn and grow through music.

Our goal is to harness the advantages that digital technology can offer so our students can be engaged with the world(s) of music as they evolve.

Our Mission

To provide the extraordinary benefits of music to all in our community.

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Our Values

Driven by these core values, we believe in the inherent power of music to provide personal enrichment, creative expression, lifelong learning, cultural appreciation, and joy for everyone.

We strive to provide leadership and innovation in music education, encompassing high standards, best teaching practices and respect for individual differences. We seek to be a place where students of all ages and abilities grow through music and have the opportunity to develop their skills and talents to their greatest potential.
Guided by our commitment to inclusiveness, we believe that financial limitations or differing ability should never be a barrier to learning. We take our programs into the community as necessary to ensure this.
We bring people together through musical collaboration, bridging differences, forging connections, and celebrating musical and cultural diversity.
Non-Discrimination Statement

The Music Conservatory of Westchester does not discriminate in its employment, enrollment, programs and/or activities on the basis of race, ethnicity, disability (subject to reasonable accommodation), age, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. Our mission is to provide the extraordinary benefits of music to all in our community.

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MCW 21t Annual Golf & Tennis Classic Fundraiser 2022

MCW 21t Annual Golf & Tennis Classic Fundraiser 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Music Conservatory of Westchester is holding its 21st Annual Golf & Tennis Classic and Gala at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase on Monday, June 27, 2022. Enjoy a day of golf or tennis followed by an evening of...

MCW Bidding For Good Auction 2022

MCW Bidding For Good Auction 2022

Going once, going twice, Sold!  As part of The Music Conservatory of Westchester’s 21st Annual Golf & Tennis Classic, being held on Monday, June 27, 2022, the Bidding For Good Auction 2022 is now live! We opened bidding on Monday, April 18 and we are happy to...

Memorial Service for Frances Caldwell

Memorial Service for Frances Caldwell

To Frances Caldwell’s former piano students and their families, as well as her former colleagues from the MCW: Please join us for a memorial service in honor of Frances (details below). Memorial Service for Frances Caldwell Saturday, May 14, 2022, 1:00 pm Scarsdale...