Friends of the Conservatory

Support high-quality 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

Become a friend

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.

Barbara Gutin, President, Friends of the Conservatory

2017-18 Friends of the Conservatory Board

Honorary member

Elaine Johnson Wold

Executive board

President, Barbara Gutin
Vice President, Linda Melcer
Treasurer, Caryn Levison
Parliamentarian, Marilyn Swillinger


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


Kathy Dickenson
Gloria Fiveson
Marlene Goldstein
Ben Heyward
Karen Krumholtz
Mary Anne Kull
Asa Loof
René Malés
Mary Ann Milhous
Marilyn Nelson
Ioulia Nikiforova
Kristen Oliver
Isabelle Paul
Kirsten Stephenson
Pat Thomas
Pat Toppel

Members emeritus

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

Donor spotlight

Ioulia Nikiforova
Ioulia Nikiforova

Although she moved on to Morgan Stanley in 2011, Nikiforova never really left Lynn. She has continued to contribute financial gifts to Friends of the Conservatory. Read more

René Malès
René Malès

Classical music enthusiast René Malès has made a generous $50,000 bequest to Lynn’s Conservatory of Music’s Piano Studio. Read more.

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

Faculty and students completed RAD Basic Physical Defense class!
Congrats to the Lynn University faculty and students who completed RAD Basic Physical Defense Class!
Amanda Peterson, staff member
Reunion with Lily Woodward-Logan!
Happy reunion with Lily Woodward-Logan!
Harika Rao, faculty member
College of Communication and Design students pose after bringing home 27 American Advertising Awards
Lynn CC&D students and faculty attended the Addy Awards on March 8. Lynn took home 27 awards including Best of Show!
Scott LeBlanc, faculty member
Dan Caballero celebrates 20 years at Lynn
Congratulations Daniel Caballero on 20 years at Lynn University! #lynning
Tammy Swett, staff member
New Orleans-type jazz band at Celebration of Nationa
Celebration of Nations 2018
Charlotte Jerdak, staff member
Students and faculty at Florida Undergraduate Research conference.
Lynn students and faculty presented at the annual Florida Undergraduate Research Conference Saturday.
Alanna Lecher, faculty member

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