Dear Friends and Supporters,

Join us in putting Leonard Bernstein’s words into action, by making a meaningful difference in the lives of so many with the healing power of music. Music brings us together, calms our souls, engages our minds, and instills a sense of hope, especially when personal and worldly events can completely overwhelm us.

In 2023, Jazz & Classics for Change (JCfC) brought live music to our communities in Columbia and Berkshire counties with not only 5 public concerts but also 7 outreach concerts: “music in action” initiatives that bring the gift of live music to those unable to come to us. Presently, these outreach audiences include young adults and adults with special abilities, seniors in assistant living homes, and the children of incarcerated parents.

In 2024, our public concerts will be performed again at Tydeman Farm in May and September, with a stellar group of musicians including violinist Eugene Drucker (founder of the famed Emerson String Quartet), cellist Roberta Cooper, and members of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Grammy®-nominated clarinetist Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves will join us in the Fall at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In 2024 we also plan to offer as many as 12 outreach concerts, and hope to bring live concerts to those in correctional facilities.

The funding — and all of the associated costs for some of these programs — is the sole responsibility of JCfC and now we need you, our generous supporters, to partner with us so that these programs can continue and flourish.

A generous donor has offered us a matching grant of $7,500, a golden opportunity to help meet our fundraising goal! Your donation will have twice the impact towards making a major difference in the lives of those who are so deserving and appreciative of our music offerings.

I hope you will help us make it possible for more people to share in the experience and the lasting value of live music. When I meet you at concerts and events, I am filled with gratitude: the excitement you experience and the profound connection you feel towards the music and our world-class musicians is palpable and deeply gratifying.

As president and artistic director of Jazz and Classics for Change, join me in making it possible for more people to share in the experience and the lasting value of live music. Go to our Support Us page to make a donation, or, if you prefer, you can mail your donation (made payable to “Jazz and Classics for Change”) to 56 Fern Hill Rd., Ghent, NY 12075. With your help, we can put Bernstein’s words into action and make a meaningful difference in the lives of so many, with the healing power of music.

The board members of Jazz & Classics for Change and I are deeply grateful for your continuing and unwavering support. Your generosity makes it all possible!

For our OUTREACH PROGRAMS see our Programs page

Follow us on

Instagram  –and–  Facebook

Instagram @jcfc_music



Our Camphill Ghent outreach project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by CREATE Council on the Arts.

    Copyright ©2019–, Jazz and Classics for Change. All rights reserved.