Longy’s un-Gala Celebration

Tune in to Longy’s “un-Gala” and learn what makes us unlike any other conservatory.

You’ll see how our Side-by-Side ensembles transform the lives of both children from underserved communities and the grad students who are their musical mentors. Get a behind-the-scenes look at a performance at a recent Celtics game. And hear from conductor Thomas Wilkins on why the world needs programs like Longy’s.

You’ll hear Nina Totenberg’s incredible story about how the Ames-Totenberg Stradivarius was stolen 40 years ago from her father, Roman, when he was the director of Longy. And you’ll watch Nathan Meltzer, a rising star of the 21st century, play this legendary 18th century instrument at Longy for the first time since its dramatic recovery.

Tune in for light, music, and celebration. BYO refreshments and wear comfortable attire. We’ll provide a fresh supply of inspiration and hope – something we all could use a little more of right now.

2020 Sponsors
2020 Gala Honorary Chair

Gene Dahmen

2020 Gala Committee

Jamie Bernstein
Mary-Catherine Deibel
Tim Jacoby
Mary Jane Kornacki
Bonny Lamb
Bill Manley
Anne Miller
Patsy 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
Denis Sheahan
Don Schroeder
Rob Straus
J. David Wimberly

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

For more information, contact Hannah Grube at 617-831-1771 or hgrube@longy.eduartwork: Leonardo Frigo