Generous donors help students play on

A planned gift benefits conservatory students in perpetuity.

Caryn Levinson poses with a photo of her father.
Caryn Levinson poses with a photo of her father, Daniel Freed.

In 2018, the Conservatory of Music remembered the late Daniel Freed with fondness and gratitude as his planned gift completed an endowment that supports scholarships for the college’s students.

Freed and his wife Shirlee founded the Freed Scholarship in 1999. In June 2007, Freed made a bequest to contribute to it each year for ten years. His gift establishes the scholarship as one of the largest endowed scholarships in the Conservatory of Music.

Freed’s daughter, Caryn Levison, recalls that her father loved music.

“My dad had a summer home in the Berkshires, and when we visited there, he would play his classical music very loudly. It was a little annoying,” joked Levison.

Freed was involved with the conservatory for a number of years, and he loved attending performances at Lynn, Levison said.

Freed lived at Boca West Country Club, where he helped influence the community to establish an annual Tanglewood Festival-style outdoor concert. In the past decade, the concert raised nearly $260,000 for scholarships for Lynn music students.

“There’s a different musical theme each year,” said Levison, who sits on the board of the Friends of the Conservatory of Music. “The Lynn Philharmonia plays, and Jon Robertson conducts. At the end of the evening, there are fireworks. It’s a spectacular event.”

The Freeds also supported orchestra concerts, the Gingerbread Concert and the conservatory’s annual fund.

“They were the perfect donors,” said Lisa Miller, Lynn’s director of annual programs. “They gave faithfully to the annual fund, supported events and created an endowment—then added to the endowment with a planned gift.”

The Freed Scholarship ensures that the conservatory remains a preeminent musical institution.

“Our donors’ generosity allows us to offer full-tuition scholarships to conservatory students, attracting the most talented student musicians from across the country and the world."

Dr. Jon Robertson, dean of the Conservatory of Music

“Our donors’ generosity allows us to offer full-tuition scholarships to conservatory students, attracting the most talented student musicians from across the country and the world,” said Dr. Jon Robertson, dean of the Conservatory of Music. “This in turn draws top faculty, and the combination results in top-notch musical offerings for our community.”

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