Ways to Give

We are happy to discuss giving opportunities with you. For more information, please contact Aishling Quinn at 914.761.3900 x113 or aishling@musiced.org.



Each year, the Music Conservatory celebrates individuals who support the Conservatory in various ways. These individuals have expanded they’re giving to ensure that the Conservatory can continue to provide high-quality music education to students of all ages, abilities, and ambitions, regardless of background or financial means. Our leaders support music education, music therapy for individuals with disabilities, and Healing Our Heroes, which provides music therapy for veterans.


A Legacy of Giving: Michael Pollon Society
Leave a legacy of support to an organization you love.

By remembering the Music Conservatory of Westchester in your will or beneficiary arrangements, you create a legacy of transforming lives, expressing gratitude and making a difference in the world through music education.

Whether you wish to provide general operating income for the Conservatory to use wherever it is most needed (which provides the most flexibility) or to support a specific department or program, your bequest expresses your lasting commitment to the Conservatory. A bequest to the Conservatory may also help you meet your financial and estate-planning goals since an estate-tax charitable deduction for the entire amount of the gift is allowed.

Potential Benefits of Estate Giving

  • Eliminate long-term capital gains tax
  • Receive a current income tax deduction
  • Reduce possible estate and gift taxes
  • Increase income and effective rate of return

Michael Pollon (1913-1996)
In 1938, Michael Pollon, a former Executive Director of the Music Conservatory of Westchester, first joined the Conservatory community as a piano and music theory teacher. He taught piano and music theory for 26 years before becoming a director in 1964. At that point, there were 47 students; when he retired in 1985, enrollment stood at 745. He helped found the Westchester Arts Council in 1965 and founded the Music Educators League of Westchester in the 1970s. His legacy of excellence, leadership and musicianship continue over 70 years later at the Music Conservatory of Westchester.  Mr. Pollon was born in Vienna, studied piano and musicology in Berlin and was a graduate of the Music Academy in Prague, where he studied composition and conducting under George Szell.


Supporting a naming opportunity is an excellent way to help ensure the ongoing mission of the Music Conservatory of Westchester and create a positive impact throughout our school community. You, your company, and/or a person you honor will be directly linked to efforts to improve our student’s lives through music education.

Whether it is a contribution for the Conservatory’s work today, or for tomorrow’s work through a gift to the Endowment, here are a few examples of how you can help the music reach more people throughout greater Westchester.


The following methods are listed in order of preference. The Music Conservatory of Westchester advises donors to consult their personal tax advisors regarding the tax consequences as they apply to the donor at the time of transfer. Conservatory staff cannot legally provide tax or estate planning advice.

Bevin Lemere, Director of Finance
(914) 761-3900 ext. 108

Instructions and Methods for Donating Securities:

  1. If your broker holds the securities you wish to give to Music Conservatory of Westchester, instruct him/her to transfer them to the Music Conservatory account.
    In order for the Conservatory to properly acknowledge your gift, please contact or have your broker contact Bevin Lemere, Director of Finance at (914) 761-3900 ext. 108 or bevin@musiced.org with your name, the name of the securities, number of shares, expected date of transfer, and any other questions. Gift is valued by the Conservatory at the mean price (high and low averaged) on the day the stock is received in our account.
  2. Mail the unendorsed stock certificate(s), registered in your name, to Bevin Lemere, Director of Finance at Music Conservatory of Westchester, 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606. In a separate envelope, mail a signed stock power, available from your broker. Gift is valued by the Conservatory at the mean price on the day the later of the two envelopes (stock certificates and signed stock power) is postmarked.
  3. It is possible to endorse security and deliver it to the Conservatory, however, it may be some time before the transfer of the stock is actually accomplished on the books of the corporation. Therefore, this method is not recommended.
  4. When giving other types of securities, such as mutual funds, bonds or notes, specific advice from your broker or another advisor should be obtained.

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