You're instrumental.


We rely on your support

Because our program is 100% tuition-free for all of our students, we rely on financial contributions and in-kind donations of string instruments to keep the music going. Your gifts make an incredible impact on the lives and futures of those we serve. The cost of of our program for each student per year is between $5,000 and $7,000, depending on age and level. That's a significant portion of many of our families' yearly income. If you're interested in making a donation click here.

Ways to give

Instrument Donations

Music Haven relies on donations of violins, violas, and cellos of all sizes. Each of our students is provided with an instrument free of charge. If you are interested in making an instrument donation, please contact the Director of Operations and Outreach, Milda McClain ( and fill out the form below. We are especially looking for a fractional size double bass!

(*If you would like to donate instrument supplies such as music stands, strings, cases for instruments, or other supplies, please email Yaira. Unfortunately, WE DO NOT ACCEPT PIANO DONATIONS at this time.)

Name *
Address *
Phone Number *
Phone Number
Date of Donation Drop-off *
Date of Donation Drop-off
Instrument *
Does the instrument have a bow? *
Does the instrument have an appraisal that you can provide to Music Haven? *

Become a Volunteer

People wishing to volunteer with students must be willing to authorize a background check. 

I am over 18 and willing to authorize a background check. *
Name *
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
Address *
Phone *
What are you interested in? *

Everyday Giving Opportunities


Helping Hands Community Thrift Store & Furniture Bank

Donate your gently used items and shop for fabulous thrift store finds, all to benefit Music Haven! Just mention you are donating and/or shopping to support Music Haven, and Helping Hands will donate a portion of the re-sale proceeds to us. Helping Hands is located at 334 Boston Post Road, Orange, Connecticut.

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Matching Gifts

Many corporations have matching gift programs and will match your donation to an accredited charitable organization. It’s an easy way to double or even triple the impact of your personal contribution!

If your employer has a matching program in place, just ask for a copy of your company’s matching gift form, and mail it with your contribution to our address below.

Music Haven’s EIN is 01-0870395.


Special Occasion and Wedding Gifts

Do you have a special event in your life coming up?  Make it even more special by asking your guests to support our students at Music Haven as their gift in your honor. 

Contact Mandi Jackson for more information.

Stock Gifts

Making stock gifts can be a tax–advantaged way to support Music Haven. Please note the following important information: To make a stock gift you will need to contact your bank or broker and provide them with our account at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Music Haven every time you shop, at no cost to you. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon purchases to the charity of your choice. AmazonSmile works the same as and offers the same products, same prices, same service. Just go to and select Music Haven as your designated recipient, and AmazonSmile does the rest. It’s a win-win!

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EBAY Giving

Selling something on eBay? Donate a percentage of the final sale — up to 100% — to Music Haven. Clean out that closet, basement or attic. You can sell practically anything on eBay in support of Music Haven.

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In-kind donations

Consider donating a used or new item on our Wish List

  • Violins, violas, cellos (fractional & full size)
  • Music stands (both folding and Manhasset)
  • Method books: Suzuki Books & CDs for violin, viola, or cello or Essential Elements Books for violin, viola, cello
  • Rock stops and shoulder rests
  • New violin, viola, or cello strings
  • High volume copier
  • Healthy snacks for our students

Please note that we DO NOT accept donations of pianos or other instruments due to space limitations. We appreciate your generosity in offering these donations, and hope you will consider making a donation in support of our program in lieu of sending us your piano!

* In-kind gifts are tax-deductible at their full fair market value, provided the use of the gift is directly related to Music Haven’s tax-exempt mission.



A message from
Bryna Scherr

Why I give and why you should, too.

Music Haven students live in New Haven’s inner city (the “Promise Zone” Neighborhoods), in Yale’s backyard, but until 10 years ago, these kids had little opportunity to participate in the community’s nourishing music and arts environment.

In 2005, our founders were inspired to utilize the superb musicians of the Haven String Quartet to provide free string instruments and instrumental lessons for nine hours of private and ensemble instruction for each child every week. The quartet’s musicians possess a rare combination of artistry and dedication to their students.

From a handful of young music makers, we’ve grown to 80 curious, irrepressible students whose shared experience with their ever-encouraging teachers is producing both self-confident individuals and an open-minded, mutually responsive and responsible community of peers. Support is contagious!

In 2015, Resident Musician Colin Benn began the Music 101 program, involving both traditional instruments and new; additional ensembles, music theory, conducting, movement for relaxation and further performing opportunities, with the help of guest teaching artists and volunteers (such as myself, teaching piano).

In recognition of their desire to reciprocate community support, Music Haven’s students continue to perform in community venuessuch as West Haven’s VA Healthcare, Yale’s Smilow Cancer Hospital, nursing homes, libraries, museums — just about everywhere in town.

As a board member, and particularly as a volunteer in Music 101, I’ve experienced a reprise of that lovely — if fleeting —  experience of engagement, as with my own children: a kind of cross-pollination.

Music Haven profoundly appreciates the financial support of a considerable community of friends as well as foundations. In 2015, Citizen’s Bank designated Music Haven: “A Champion in Action for Strengthening Communities through Youth Empowerment,” along with a $35,000.00 award. The National Endowment for the Arts has given funding grants to Music Haven for five consecutive years and has recognized us two years running as one of the Top 50 After-School programs in the nation.

We and our families are passionate about our commitment to providing a stable, consistent and stimulating environment in which children can participate, flourish, and in turn, contribute.

Music Haven’s ability to serve our community depends on funding.

Please help. Give what you can. Ask your friends and families to get involved. Consider volunteering. We need each other to flourish.

Thank you,

Bryna Scherr
Board Member and Volunteer


Interested in becoming or Board Member or volunteer?