About Us

OUR MISSION  is to connect and to heal 

through music in our changing world.

During the past four years JAZZ AND CLASSICS FOR CHANGE (“JCfC”) has remained dedicated to its mission of bringing the highest quality of music to its ever-growing and diverse audiences in Columbia and Berkshire Counties. The programs we have offered, performed by world-class classical and jazz musicians, have fostered a community that values music as an essential and vital expression of the human experience.

As we enter our fifth season, we are excited to continue to create, expand, and provide new programming for people from all walks of life. This includes our outreach programs for young adults and adults with special abilities, residents of assisted-living facilities, children of incarcerated parents, and those in correctional facilities.

We are extremely grateful for your unwavering support as we strive to build connections through music that enrich, inspire, and honor the lives of all people.


Matt Cain – Chairman

Gili Melamed-Lev – President and Artistic Director

Craig Bender – Treasurer

Martina Deignan – Secretary

William (BJ) Johnson – Director Emeritus

Thomas Chulak – Director Emeritus


Gili Melamed-Lev and Joe Gold


Suzanne Gold & Allison Crowly,

Fuzzy Muzzle Design


Antony Gravett,
End-to-End Creative Tutoring

2022 Annual Benefit Concert Honorary Chairs: EUGENE DRUCKER AND ROBERTA COOPER


George Brooks

Roberta Cooper

Eugene Drucker

Mark Evans

Ronald Feldman

Joe Gold

Gwen Gould

Deborah Grace

Philip Lasser

Abigail Laufer

Marianne Lockwood

Rafi Malkiel

Elizabeth Morse

Joe Mulholland

Bonnie Podolsky

Gili Sharett

Brian Shea

Sheila Silver

Michael Thomas

Peter Weitzner

Read more about JCfC in this 2020

article in HOMESTYLE magazine:

Click to read the February 2020

issue of the magazine



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.

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