Why Support the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music?

Your financial support makes so much possible in our Community! Your generosity allows the Conservatory to serve nearly 20,000 people each year in music lessons and classes, through school instruction and educational presentations, and to inspire audiences through faculty performances and student recitals.

View the WCM Strategic Partner Opportunities 2014-15 booklet (pdf).

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McIntosh|Goodrich Society


Named for the first families to reside in our Prospect Avenue home, the McIntosh|Goodrich Society is an association of the benefactors who sustain the Conservatory with fundamental operating support ensuring the highest quality music education for our community. McIntosh|Goodrich Society members commit to an annual unrestricted contribution of $1,000 or more. As a group the Society annually provides a reliable foundation on which to build successful and growing educational programs – scholarships, community programs, partnerships, and so much more.

Membership in the McIntosh|Goodrich Society not only supports the Conservatory’s programs but also makes you part of a philanthropic social community. You will meet other Society members at special McIntosh|Goodrich gatherings throughout the year, including several receptions during our Festival of Trees and Music.

The McIntosh|Goodrich Society is named to celebrate those who literally built the Conservatory’s foundation! Charles Lyon McIntosh (1850-1910) completed construction on the mansion in October 1904 and it served as a residence for his family until 1921. William Osborne Goodrich (1863-1956), a devoted music patron, purchased the building that year and lived in the home until 1934 when he leased, and later sold, it to the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. The Conservatory’s magnificent history of providing exceptional musical experiences to the community includes famous performers, noted pedagogues…and a mansion whose stately elegance and grandeur have become a metaphor for the musical excellence within its storied walls.

Coda Society


Coda n.–A passage added to a closing section of a piece of music that sums up an entire work.

The Coda Society recognizes with gratitude those people whose passion for music has led them to make a planned gift to the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

Code Society members share a desire to ensure that the life of our community is enriched by music far into the future and a commitment to help shape the future of music education and performance.

A Legacy of Support
More than 115 years ago, individuals with a vision founded the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. They had a vision of a school that would help create a vibrant musical atmosphere in our community, a comprehensive source for music education for people of all ages and abilities.

Today, the Conservatory serves as a community school of music, offering a wide variety of music education programs and performance opportunities through Southeastern Wisconsin. Students of all ages and abilities learn from the area’s top musical professionals and take part in classes, lessons, ensembles, and community programs. Scholarships and financial aid help provide access to programs for all members of the community.

These basic Conservatory programs are sustained through a combination of annual tuition and contributions. In order to provide support for music education and performance opportunities for future generations, the Conservatory is seeking to grow its endowment fund through membership in the Coda Society.

Coda Society gifts to the endowment will help fund:

  • Sustaining support
  • Student scholarships and financial aid
  • New materials for the Conservatory library
  • Faculty development
  • Funding for resident artists
  • Instrument acquisition or maintenance
  • New program and curriculum development

Supporters can protect retirement assets while at the same time making a substantial contribution to organizations that reflect their personal vision. Consider these planned gift options:

Include in your will an amount or portion of your estate designated to the “Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.”

Life Insurance and Retirement Funds
When you designate the “Wisconsin Conservatory of Music” as a named beneficiary, your gift is free of estate tax.

Appreciated Property
Gifts of stock, mutual funds and other property often have appealing tax benefits.

For benefits of specific options, please consult with your attorney and financial advisors.

To begin the process of becoming a Coda Society member, contact your financial advisor, or call Danielle Wrobleski at 414-276-5760.

Planned Giving, Trusts & Bequests

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music can and will meet the challenges of the future, with your support. Through our endowment and planned giving, we build upon the vision of community members who founded the Conservatory in 1899 to ensure that music is accessible to all. As the oldest non-profit independent music school in the state, our mission is to provide the finest musical education and performance opportunities for all individuals. You can support this mission through contributing to the Conservatory’s Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund provides additional revenue to programs and directly to students while preserving the principle (or corpus) of the gift, ensuring the ongoing fulfillment of our mission. Please click to view a copy of our Investment Policy (PDF).

Join the many individuals and families who have established named funds within the Endowment which honor or memorialize loved ones. Donors often entrust the Conservatory Board to allocate interest to areas of greatest need each year, or donors may designate a gift towards particular areas of study or programs. Special thanks to the following:

  • Joyce Altman Operating Fund
  • Norbert Beihoff Scholarship Fund
  • Johann and Helenya Berthelsen Voice Scholarship Fund
  • Elaine Bliss Piano Scholarship Fund
  • Gales Scholarship Fund
  • Bonnie Dent Grass Piano Scholarship Fund
  • Margaret Hawkins Operating Fund
  • Mary Horwitt Piano Scholarship Fund
  • Dorothea Mayer Scholarship Fund
  • Esther Pollack Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Frances N. Roosa Voice Scholarship Fund
  • Marlee Sabo Voice Scholarship Fund
  • Shirley Saichek Memorial Scholarship Fun
  • LeRoy and Henrietta Umbs Piano Scholarship Fund

There are many vehicles and instruments used to establish a named fund. A meeting with your tax advisor or financial advisor will help determine the best method for your situation.

Another way to participate in securing the future is to become a member of our esteemed planned giving group, the Coda Society. Coda Society members are people whose passion for music has led then to make a planned gift to the Conservatory. Click for more information on the Coda Society.

Not sure where to start working out the details of your intended gift? Click for a sample Gift Intent Form.

For additional information or to have any questions answered please contact Danielle Wrobleski at or call 414-276-5760.

Matching Gifts

Many generous companies in our area match employee and retiree donations. Matching gift support can double the impact of your gift—and your Conservatory donor benefits! Please ask your supervisor or human resource department if your company matches donations to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations

Donating Pianos & Instruments

If you are interested in donating a piano or other instruments, please call Danielle Wrobleski at 414-276-5760.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Student Services at 414-276-5760.

Program Support

The Conservatory’s Annual Campaign focuses on raising unrestricted contributed income primarily through Fall and Spring appeals. While the Board-directed Greatest Needs Fund supports special programs and operating expenses, several donor-designated gift options are also available including directed support for scholarships, Conservatory Connections, Early Childhood Education, and Concert programs.

Each year, Conservatory Connections serves approximately 8,000 in-school students at over 30 greater Milwaukee area schools. In some cases our faculty provides the only music education offered and in other cases supplements an existing program. Music education provides an alternative way of learning that helps some youth stay in school. Visit the Conservatory Connections section of the site, for more information about this program.

The Conservatory offers early childhood education classes for ages 4 months to 5 years. Children learn age appropriate basic musical concepts through singing, listening, playing rhythm instruments and moving to music. They develop motor and sequencing skills in addition to learning how to take turns, share and concentrate as they acquire an appreciation for music. These classes are offered at the Conservatory branches as well as Urban Day School Head Start, Neighborhood House, and Malaika Learning Center.

Performance Sponsorships and Event Underwriting

Several companies and individuals choose to support the Conservatory through sponsoring a concert series, an individual performance, or a special event. Recognition benefits vary and can be customized according to the donors wishes; and companies can reach a select audience through concert and event underwriting.  In-kind sponsorships are also available.

Please feel free to contact Danielle Wrobleski at or call 414-276-5760 to explore opportunities.

Annual Report

View our 2015-16 Annual Report (PDF)

To request our most recent annual report, please email Danielle Wrobleski at, call 414-276-5760 or write to:

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
McIntosh|Goodrich Mansion
1584 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI  53202


The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music has earned the Guide Star Exchange Seal of Approval. For more information, please visit the GuideStar web site.

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