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Through a gift to The TŌN Fund, you will help to inspire and support TŌN graduate students and their education.

What is TŌN?

TŌN students—select musicians who hail from the finest conservatories across the U.S. and abroad, including Hungary, Korea, China, Japan, Canada, and Venezuela—must complete a rigorous, three-year academic program leading to a Masters of Curatorial, Critical and Performance Studies. In addition to tackling interdisciplinary coursework that cultivates a broader understanding of music’s place in culture and history, TŌN candidates prepare and perform in professional concerts at Bard’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, and multiple venues in New York City. TŌN candidates will create music education programs designed to engage underserved communities of adults and children in the Hudson Valley and its environs.

What is The TŌN Fund?

Gifts to The TŌN Fund are vital to our future as we work together to shape exceptional musicians who intend to redefine what it means to be an orchestra. They learn from a renowned faculty how to curate repertoire that engages concertgoers, sparks new ideas, and attracts new audiences. All gifts are an important investment in TŌN’s efforts to fully prepare musicians for the challenges facing the modern symphony orchestra.

What will The TŌN Fund support?

    • TŌN Student Living Stipends:
      All students receive a full-tuition fellowship along with an annual stipend of $24,000, and health benefits.
    • TŌN Concerts:
      TŌN performs concert series at The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College and Carnegie Hall; the Sight & Sound series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Around Town, a series of FREE concerts from the Bronx to Brooklyn.
    • TŌN Teaching Artist Program:
      Provides opportunities for TŌN candidates to design and implement community outreach projects with mid-Hudson Valley schools, regional concert series, and community music education programs.
    • Instruments and more:
      Gifts to The TŌN Fund also enable purchase and care for timpani, pianos, and other instruments; scores; and library acquisitions.


Text TON to 41444

Text the word TON to 41444 and you will be sent a link where you can make an online donation of any size using your credit card.

Donate by Mail

Download our donation form and send your check, made payable to Bard College, to:
Bard College
Office of Development
P.O. Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000.

Please make sure to designate your donation to TŌN and include any special instructions on how we can contact you to acknowledge your gift.

Matching Gifts

Many companies match philanthropic gifts made by employees, their families, or retirees. See if your employer matches gifts or check with your human resources department, obtain the appropriate form, and send it to:
Bard College
Attn: Gift Recorder
P.O. Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12540-5000.


To explore how your gift can support TŌN or to become more involved, please contact Nicole M. de Jesús, Director of Development, at 646.244.8028 or