Conservatory student playing the violin.

Friends of the Conservatory

Support music education in your community

Lynn University’s Friends of the Conservatory of Music supports high-quality music education through fundraising and community outreach.

Since 2003, the Friends have raised more than $2 million to support free tuition scholarships and room and board to all Conservatory of Music students.

Annual gifts and ticket purchases for special events help meet the immediate needs of music performance students.

We're grateful for your friendship and financial support. Friends of the Conservatory members receive:

  • The best seats in the house with opportunities to purchase tickets in advance
  • Preseason discounts for Arts, Culture & Ideas subscription series
  • Arts, Culture & Ideas publications and reminders about upcoming shows
  • Two free concerts and invitations to members-only Friendship Tea
Linda Melcer, President, Friends of the Conservatory
Our board members volunteer to work with the Conservatory of Music and the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs to introduce donors to the conservatory and fundraise for vital scholarships.
Linda Melcer, President, Friends of the Conservatory

The Friends of the Conservatory board of directors are volunteers who are highly involved in the organization. They meet throughout the academic year and work closely with the Conservatory of Music and the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs to support our strategic mission and priorities.

Donor spotlight

Jim Birle standing with Yasa Poletaeva and the violin he bought her
A violin for Yasa
Ben and Marilyn Heyward with Roberta Rust
Marilyn & Ben Heyward gift a Steinway Concert Grand Piano

The Friends of the Conservatory board of directors are volunteers who are highly involved in the organization. They meet throughout the academic year and work closely with the Conservatory of Music and the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs to support our strategic mission and priorities.

Honorary member

Elaine Johnson Wold

Executive board

President, Linda Melcer
Vice President, Caryn Levison
Treasurer, Ioulia Nikiforova
Parliamentarian, Barbara Gutin

Committees

Gingerbread Concert Co-Chairman, Pat Thomas
Gingerbread Concert Co-Chairman, Kim Champion
Historian, Deanna Wheeler
Hospitality, Barbi Block
Outreach, Manny Capote
Program/Education, Alyce Erickson
Program/Education Assistant, Pam Coffey

Members-at-large

Kay Cook
Kathy Dickenson
Marlene Goldstein
Ben Heyward
Karen Krumholtz
Mary Anne Kull
Asa Loof
René Malés
Mary Ann Milhous
Robin Muir
Marilyn Nelson
Ioulia Nikiforova
Kristen Oliver
Isabelle Paul
Kirsten Stephenson
Marilyn Swillinger
Pat Toppel

Members emeritus

Renee Feder
Gloria Fiveson
Mary Anna Fowler
Anne Green
Herb Kayne
Raemali King
Jeannine Morris
Sylvia Oliver
Lew Roth
Margaret Mary Shuff
Mary Simmons
Peggy Stein
Susan Urso

Lynn accepts credit cards via our secure online form.

Give by mail
Make check payable to Lynn University and mail it to:

Lynn University
Office of Development and Alumni Affairs
3601 N. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431-5507

We are Lynn

Debate team students
Lynn Debate hosted and Marisa McGrady and Will Conway were victorious in Lynn's Gold Coast BP Debate Tournament Nov. 10!
Kathryn Hamm, faculty member
Ja'dan Johnson and Samuel Nvota won Finalists in Lynn's Gold Coast BP Debate Tournament.
Lynn students Ja'dan Johnson and Samuel Nvota won Finalists in Lynn's Gold Coast BP Debate Tournament.
Kathryn Hamm, faculty member
Debate team member in the back room
Chris Cohen efficiently kept Lynn's Gold Coast BP Fall 2018 Tournament in order from the Tabulation Room.
Kathryn Hamm, faculty member
Congrats to Lynn University, AMA Higher Ed Marketing Team of the Year finalists!
Congrats to Lynn University, AMA Higher Ed Marketing Team of the Year finalists!
Sherrie Weldon, staff member
Watson Institute students don orange capes at a Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
Watson scholars donned orange capes to demonstrate their entrepreneurial courage at the November Boca Chamber breakfast.
Sherrie Weldon, staff member
Kevin M. Ross, aka Capt. America
Lynn President Kevin Ross spoke at the Boca Chamber November Membership Breakfast.
Sherrie Weldon, staff member

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