As the holiday season nears, I am reminded how grateful I am to our community for supporting The Conservatory and the programs that serve Bucks County’s most vulnerable peopleMy letter to you this year is about sharing stories from an important program that engages hundreds of youth.    

For over 12 years, we have provided group music and art lessons to adolescents living in juvenile detention.  Each week Conservatory faculty members spend several hours with incarcerated youth in a center that ensures that youth are surrounded by positive experiences with teachers, environment, and staff.  Exposure to the arts allow youth to discover and engage in their strengths so that they are equipped with heightened skills upon release.

I’m also very proud to tell you that this program provides full scholarships to youth to attend private lessons at The Conservatory.  The detention center selects the youth and grants a special leave.  This opportunity is designed to give the youth a positive experience in responsibility and to help prevent recidivism.   

This past year The Conservatory’s involvement with juvenile detention students impacted not only the students but their families.  I am excited to share with you two specific stories:

Students for the first time performed a recital for staff, friends and family.  They shared their talents by singing, playing instruments, dancing, reading poetry and excerpts from stories they had written.  Their excited-nervous-silly energy filled the room. They cheered the loudest when their friends completed a performance.  In that moment I did not see a group of troubled teens….I saw teens being teens.

One of our scholarship students was able to play her guitar for the judge and express her future goals.  The judge reduced her sentence so that she could return home early.  She plans to continue her music education in her hometown.  I was proud to hear that this student has a new outlook on her future as a direct result of her musical experiences.

The Conservatory’s mission is to inspire growth and confidence in individuals regardless of age, ability or economic circumstances, so that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential and experience enriched, fulfilled lives! 

You can help inspire many underserved youth by making a donation this holiday season.  Your donation provides support to this program and many others.  When you a give a gift to The Conservatory, your tax-deductible contribution directly and positively affects the lives of students, their families and the greater community.  YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! 

Please donate today. 

I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Happy Holidays!


Rachael Gallagher, Executive Director