Longy's Gala Celebration

Save the Date:
Monday, March 16, 2020

Join us for the “best gala in Boston!”

This festive evening celebrates Longy’s innovative programs, exceptional faculty, and extraordinary Conservatory students alongside special guest artists.

Concert-Only Tickets
Tickets for Entire Evening

For more information, contact Hannah Grube at 617-831-1771 or hgrube@longy.edu

About Sistema Side-by-Side

Longy’s Sistema Side-by-Side Program grew out of a generous gift from Garth and Lindsay Greimann in 2013. Since then, the program has grown from 35, to over 110 young musicians! By attending Longy’s Gala each year, you can help us ensure the continued success of this life-changing program. Here’s to the next eight years of Sistema Side-by-Side!

Previous Years at the Gala

2018 Gala
We honored conductor Thomas Wilkins with the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society. Please enjoy the video on his remarks!

2019 Gala
Timothy Chooi is First Prize Winner of the 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany, as well as 1st Prize Winner of the Schadt Violin Competition in the United States of America. He had already made a name for himself as an awarded of numerous prizes, among them the Michael Hill Violin Competition in New Zealand, Montreal Symphony ManuLife Competition, and this summer, the ‘Prix Yves Paternot’ of the Verbier Festival Academy as ‘Most Outstanding Young Musician,’ earning him his debut as a solo artist in the upcoming season at the Vebier Festival. Chooi has performed worldwide with renowned orchestras, among them the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the NDR Philharmonie.

2020 Sponsors
2020 Gala Honorary Chair

Gene D. Dahmen

2020 Gala Committee

If you are interested in joining Longy’s Gala Committee, please contact Hannah Grube at hgrube@longy.edu

Jamie Bernstein

Mary-Catherine Deibel

Tim Jacoby

Mary Jane Kornacki

Bonny Lamb

William Manley

Anne Miller

Patricia Ostrander

Don Schroeder

Gala Chairs Emeritus

Alex Attia

Sandra and David Bakalar

Amy and Joshua Boger

Bonny Lamb

Gates McFadden

Lia and William Poorvu

Andrée Robert

Don Schroeder

Denis Sheahan

Robert Straus

J. David Wimberly

Gala Advertiser Partners

2019 Corporate Sponsors

90+ Cellars

Cambridge Trust Company

The Charles Hotel


Currier, Lane, & Young

Foley & Lardner LLP

The Harvard Coop

Irving House at Harvard

Nubar – Sheraton Commander

S+H Construction

The Senné Company

Trinity Property Management

Webster Bank

2019 Gala Advertisers/Partners

Alden & Harlow


Bonny Lamb at Compass

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra

Brattle Square Florists

Brookhaven at Lexington

Cambridge Landscape Company

Dickson Bros. Hardware Co.

Flagship Press, Inc.

Friends of Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters

Gail Roberts Real Estate


Gnomon Copy

Hannaford & Dumas

Hong Kong Restaurant

Jean Brooks Landscapes

Johnson String Instrument

Joie de Vivre


Montrose Spa

Mount Auburn Hospital

Newbury Court Retirement Community

Nirvana: The Taste of India

Samet & Company

Sea-Dar Construction

Shell Oil Company

M. Steinert & Sons

Trademark Tours

Thomas G. Gallagher, Inc.

Gala Sponsorship Benefits


  • Opportunity to speak during the Gala Dinner
  • 24 reserved VIP seats (two tables of 12 or three tables of 8) for the Gala concert, pre-concert reception, and dinner
  • Prominent placement of your logo, with a link to your website, on Longy’s Sistema Side-by-Side and Gala websites
  • Dedicated marquee displayed during every Side-by-Side performance this season
  • Mutually agreed-upon additional benefits customized to meet your needs
  • All Maestro-level benefits (below)


  • 12 reserved VIP seats for the Gala concert, pre-concert reception, and dinner
  • Press release to major media outlets and press coverage throughout the year recognizing your sponsorship
  • Your logo on a Gala T-shirt worn onstage by 100+ young, aspiring musicians during the Gala
  • All Concertmaster-level benefits (below)


  • Eight reserved VIP seats for the Gala concert, pre-concert reception, and dinner
  • Invitation to a Sistema Side-by-Side Rehearsal at Longy’s Edward M. Pickman Hall
  • All Principal-level benefits (below)


  • Four reserved VIP seats for the Gala concert, pre-concert reception, and dinner
  • Complimentary parking at the Gala
  • Full-page color ad in Gala program book and a full-page ad in other concert programs throughout the year, as available
  • Your logo and name listed in all publicity and marketing material, including print and digital media. Print and web pieces include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Event program given to approximately 500 Gala attendees
    • On-site brand integration
    • Pre-concert slideshows for more than 60 concerts
    • Monthly “Longy Beat” email blasts to 20,000+ households
    • Marquee outside of Edward M. Pickman Hall, which welcomes more than 18,000 guests annually