Music Conservatory of Westchester was founded in 1929 by a group of community members and renowned artists including the legendary cellist Pablo Casals. Today, the Conservatory provides the extraordinary benefits of music to all in our community, from absolute beginners to advanced artists, with one-on-one instruction, performing ensembles, theory, composition, early childhood classes, lifelong learning for adults, and free community performances. Our esteemed faculty, artists in their own right, help to enrich the lives of 2,700 students each year from 4 months to over 80 years old. As a not for profit organization, the Conservatory is dedicated to serving the community and reaching out to those who would not otherwise have access. Our Scholarship Program levels the playing field for low income students, ensuring they can fulfill their musical dreams and talents. Our Music Therapy Institute brings music into the lives of 1,900 children and adults with disabilities each year.
As a community music school, we play a vitally important role in creating the musical landscape for the next generation. We appreciate the importance of the great traditions, and understand how to adapt them for the future, educating tomorrow’s performers, audiences and supporters of the arts. We contribute to youth development, helping to create a stronger work force through the life skills that music training supports: creativity, leadership, teamwork, discipline, confidence, and critical thinking. We help unite our county’s communities through the universal language of music, creating a common bond among diverse individuals and groups.
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, the region and beyond.