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Liz Garger Joins Music Conservatory of Westchester Development Team

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Jan 29, 2013
White Plains, New York
NYM

The Music Conservatory of Westchester has announced the appointment of Liz Garger as chief institutional advancement officer.

As chief institutional advancement officer, Liz Garger will be responsible for the design and implementation of the Conservatory's diversified fundraising efforts, developing a major gifts strategy and campaign to support program expansion as well as new initiatives. She will oversee the procurement of donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies to support annual operating and programmatic needs such as the Conservatory’s Music Therapy Institute, scholarship program, a new program for senior citizens, and plans for a technology studio.
 
“The Conservatory is such a prestigious and vital organization,” said Garger. “I am extremely honored and excited to help advance the school’s mission by engaging more people in the wonders of music while encouraging them to become part of our musical community."
 
Prior to joining the Conservatory, Liz was senior vice president of resource development for United Way of Westchester and Putnam, a health and human services agency committed to advancing the common good. As part of the senior management team, Liz managed United Way’s nine-member development staff and implemented a comprehensive fundraising strategy to raise resources for the $10 million organization.
 
Liz was formerly executive director of The Volunteer Center of United Way, an organization widely recognized in Westchester and Putnam County as a one-stop resource for all things volunteer. While there, Liz increased the level of funding from grants and other sources by 75 percent within her first year. Additional non-profit positions include director of marketing for the Adirondack Museum and director of strategic initiatives for Fort Ticonderoga. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from Pace University.
 
“Liz is an established leader in the non-profit arena with impressive experience right in our backyard,” said Conservatory executive director Jean Newton. “We are thrilled to welcome both Liz and Rena and are confident that our new development strategy will have a substantial impact on new programs and initiatives for the future.”


About the Music Conservatory of Westchester
The Music Conservatory of Westchester provides comprehensive high quality instruction in music, musical theatre, and music therapy to over 3,700 students of all ages and skill levels.  Young children’s programs include introductory group instrumental classes, Suzuki instruction, and Dalcroze-based Music Skills.  Individual instrumental and vocal lessons are available for youth, teens and adults.  Music theory and sight-singing classes are included in the cost of tuition; composition is also offered.  A wide range of performing ensembles is offered, including string and chamber orchestras, youth and teen choruses, jazz and rock bands, and chamber ensembles for strings, winds and piano.  For aspiring thespians, a musical theatre workshop and Acting for Singers classes are available.  Music therapy and adapted instruction are provided for students with a wide variety of special needs, both onsite at the Conservatory and offsite in partnership with schools and agencies throughout Westchester and beyond, through its Music Therapy Institute.  Summer theatre and multi-arts programs are available, as well as a summer vocal performance academy and Suzuki strings institute.  The Conservatory is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1977.

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