Building the Future: The Jerome and Celia Bertin Reich Building & Residence Hall

We are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Marlboro College that will address vital facility needs while securing our future on this campus for a century to come.

“Building the Future” involves construction of the Jerome & Celia Bertin Reich Building and a new residence hall. The Reich building will house chamber music rehearsal studios (to be used as classrooms by the College) and a music library, offices, and common areas. The 18-room residence hall will house exceptional young musicians each summer and Marlboro College students during the year.

This partnership will also result in a 99-year lease with the college, ensuring the continuation of our summer program on this beautiful hilltop campus—the only home we have known. The buildings are scheduled to be completed by 2021, in time to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Marlboro Music and the 75th anniversary of Marlboro College.

Architect’s rendering of the Jerome & Celia Bertin Reich Building

A Design for Vermont

The architects for this project are the award-winning team of Joan Soranno and John Cook at HGA Design. The new facilities will be nestled into the adjacent rolling hills so as to offer inspiration and views of rural Vermont from every angle. Elegant and refined in design, they will have large windows and abundant natural light; energy efficient, geothermal heating and cooling systems; and minimal impact on the surrounding environment. With a green roof that can be enjoyed as an outdoor deck, the new design reflects the simple, country ethos of southern Vermont.

Ensuring Our Future

Marlboro Music will cover most of the costs of this transformative project thanks to a major bequest from the estate of Jerome and Celia Bertin Reich, the special generosity of Dunard Fund USA, and support from friends like you. As a result, we have entered into a 99-year lease with Marlboro College, ensuring that Marlboro Music will remain on this campus for our lifetimes and beyond. The new lease also provides opportunities for further collaborations between our institutions and protections in the event of any future change in ownership of the campus.

Architect’s rendering of the Jerome & Celia Reich Building on the campus of Marlboro College

Architect’s rendering of the Jerome & Celia Bertin Reich Building

Strengthening a Unique Collaboration

It was in 1950, just four years after Marlboro College began, that its founder Walter Hendricks invited Rudolf Serkin to present summer concerts on the campus to help raise funds for the college. Mr. Serkin was taken by the beauty and serenity of the property and the wonderful acoustics of its farm buildings. The next year, he and several colleagues incorporated the Marlboro School of Music, entering into a lease with Mr. Hendricks for seasonal use of the campus. This began a remarkable, enduring relationship between two organizations that provide advanced education through direct mentoring in supportive, closely-knit communities. Over the years, we have partnered on several building and renovation projects. Yet our lease, with its limited terms, prevented us from envisioning larger, more meaningful collaborations.

That is, until now. The new lease provides the security of knowing that we will remain on this campus. It will enhance our long-range planning and open up new avenues for collaboration with the college. For example, we are also studying an upgrade to the lobby and outside areas around the concert hall and the development of additional housing. None of this would be possible without the new lease and the promise of a secure future, for generations to come, that this project will achieve.

Your Gift Makes a Difference

The cost to construct the two new buildings is projected at $12.7 million. Through the generosity of Jerome and Celia Bertin Reich and Dunard Fund USA, support from the college, and major gifts from other donors, we have secured over 90% of this goal, leaving less than $1 million left to raise.

We are now asking friends like you to help us reach our goal. Gifts in all amounts will be gratefully acknowledged, and donations of $10,000 and up can be made in annual installments over a three-year period, (2019-2021) and will be named on an inscribed plaque displayed prominently in the new building. All donations are tax-deductible, and contributions of $650 and up will be listed in our seasonal Program Book.

We are very grateful to friends who are generously underwriting the following spaces in the Jerome and Celia Bertin Reich Building:

• The Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation Music Library
• Felix Galimir Rehearsal Studio (matching gift challenge by Richard and Judith Hurtig)
• Alexander Schneider Rehearsal Studio (the Alexander Schneider Foundation)
• Richard Levi and Susan Perry Rehearsal Studio (the Hecht-Levi Foundation)
• Frank and Peggy Taplin Lobby (matching gift challenge by Clara Taplin Rankin)
• The Rusty Miller and Ken Nimblett Deck (in memory of Rusty Miller)
• The Marilyn and Joel Aronoff Scheduling Office

Special Matching Gift Challenges

Felix Galimir Challenge

The legendary violinist, teacher, and chamber music authority Felix Galimir (1910-1999) was among the most beloved and influential figures at Marlboro and throughout the world of music. Each summer for 45 seasons, he changed the lives of aspiring musical leaders through the depth of his knowledge—including insights gained by playing for leading composers of the early 20th Century, his insatiable and inspiring love of music, and his infectious personality. You can read more about Felix here. The Marlboro community was touched and delighted that Felix’s niece and nephew, Judy and Richard Hurtig, have pledged a generous matching gift to name one of the new chamber music rehearsal studios in his honor, ensuring that his amazing legacy will live on for generations to come. We invite you to join them and so many friends in making this possible.

Frank and Peggy Taplin Challenge
Frank Taplin (1915-2003) took on the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees in the early 1960s, when Marlboro’s financial situation was unstable and its long-term future in doubt. Inspired by his friendship with Rudolf Serkin, and his love of music and Marlboro’s ideals, Frank sprang into action. Utilizing his amazing people skills, broad contacts, and expertise in institutional governance, he expanded the board with figures of national renown, created strategies for effective fundraising, established reserve and endowed funds, and set Marlboro on a sustainable path forward. He and his charming wife, Peggy, made Marlboro their summer home and, for decades, hosted annual picnics for our musicians, staff, and their families. Throughout his life, Frank continued to advise, encourage, and support the senior staff. We are delighted that members of the Taplin family have pledged matching support to name the spacious lobby of the Reich building after this true Renaissance man, who was so essential in sustaining Marlboro, and in enhancing other musical organizations of international prominence.

If you have questions about how you can help sustain Marlboro or would like to make a pledge, please contact Patricia Manley, Advancement Director, at 802-254-2394 (summer) or 215-569-4690 (September–May) or at pmanley@marlboromusic.org.

Architect’s rendering of the Jerome & Celia Reich Building on the campus of Marlboro College

Architect’s rendering of the Jerome & Celia Bertin Reich Building

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