Neighborhood Music School To Honor Dr. Reginald Mayo

Neighborhood Music School Honors Dr. Reginald Mayo’s
Commitment to Arts in Education at April 10 Benefit Reception
March 25, 2010 (NEW HAVEN, CT) - Neighborhood Music School (NMS) will host a benefit reception to honor New Haven Public School (NHPS) Superintendent Dr. Reginald Mayo for his long-time dedication to arts education in the New Haven public schools, and fostering a partnership with Neighborhood Music School and the community. The event will be held Saturday, April 10th at 4 p.m. at the Neighborhood Music School located at 100 Audubon Street in New Haven.
The reception benefits the Dr. Regina M. Lilly-Warner Scholarship Fund for NHPS students at Neighborhood Music School, providing financial aid for New Haven students who wish to study music or dance, and who qualify based on financial need and desire to study at Neighborhood Music School. Tickets are $50 per person; golf attire is preferred.
 “There is a long history of cooperation and support between NMS and the New Haven public schools,” said NMS Executive Director Larry Zukof. “Neighborhood Music School’s mission is to provide high quality arts education and make it accessible to as many students as possible in New Haven and the surrounding communities.”
Among its current student population, Neighborhood Music School provides private music lessons in piano, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, guitar, and voice as well as ensembles and dance classes to 226 students from 26 New Haven public schools. Of these, 120 students receive major financial assistance, this year totaling over $132,000, which is 65 percent of the school’s annual financial aid budget of $220,000. Under Dr. Mayo’s and Dr. Warner’s leadership, there are over 1200 students in grades 5 through 8, residing in New Haven, who participate in a public school music program, despite budget challenges. “We would like to provide a more extensive education in the musical arts to more of these students,” explained Zukof. Experts believe that music education helps children achieve a higher level of success in school, society and in life overall.
To purchase tickets for the April 10 benefit reception, please call Arri Sendzimir at 203-624-5189 ext. 15 by April 2, or visit, then click on “Donate Now” and fill in the sections for the Regina Warner event.
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About Neighborhood Music School
The Neighborhood Music School (NMS) is a nonprofit community arts school offering high-quality music, dance and drama instruction and programming at sites in New Haven and on the shoreline. Established in downtown New Haven in 1911, NMS is now among the ten largest schools of its kind in the country, with 130 professional and dedicated teachers providing unique learning experiences to 3,000 children and adults residing in more than 80 towns throughout Connecticut. NMS tuitions and programs are made possible, in part, by support from individuals, foundations, corporations and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. NMS’s financial aid program serves more than 350 students annually, with a budget of $220,000. To learn more about NMS, call 203‑624‑5189 or visit
About the Dr. Regina M. Lilly-Warner Scholarship Fund r. Regina M. Lilly-Warner
This fund allows New Haven Public School students to study music and dance at the Neighborhood Music School regardless of their ability to pay. The fund was established by
Dr. Regina M. Lilly-Warner who has led an exemplary life combining music and education.
Dr. Warner served as Supervisor of Music, Library Media Services, and the Advanced Placement Program for the New Haven Public Schools until her retirement in 2009. She is also a former principal of Co-op Arts High School and has received numerous awards for her work with youth in the Greater New Haven area, including the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award, the Elm and Ivy Award, and the Patrick Daley Award of the Yale Child Study Center.