Deepening Our Roots in Marlboro: The Jerome and Celia Bertin Reich Building & Residence Hall

A significant bequest from the estate of Celia Bertin Reich provided Marlboro Music with the impetus to embark on this transformational project  involving the construction of the Jerome & Celia Bertin Reich Building and a new residence hall. The Reich building will house chamber music rehearsal studios and a music library, offices, and common areas. The 18-room residence hall will house exceptional young musicians each summer beginning this June.

 

Celia Bertin Reich and Jerome Reich

Celia Bertin Reich and her husband, Jerome, shared a belief in the power of chamber music as a force that could bring people together.

 

Marlboro Music enjoys a 99-year lease for use of the campus, regardless of who owns the property, 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 our 70th anniversary.

 

The Jerome and 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.

Strengthening the Marlboro Community

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. As our original founding artists discovered, the beauty of the hillside setting and the wonderful acoustics of the farm buildings lend an air of serenity and deep connection to the property that Marlboro Music has called its home for the past seven decades.

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, 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 installments through December 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 Jerome and Celia Bertin Reich, to Dunard Fund USA, and to the more than 100 individuals and foundations who have contributed to our building project so far (Gifts of $5,000 and over as of December 31, 2019):

 

  • Alexander Schneider Foundation
  • Marilyn & Joel Aronoff
  • Peter A. Benoliel & Willo Carey
  • Cricket Foundation
  • Denver Foundation
  • Ruth Dewton
  • Barbara E. Field & Seth Dubin
  • Stuart & Maxine Frankel
  • Hanna H. Gray
  • Marsha Gray
  • Judith W. & Richard Hurtig
  • Tõnu Kalam, in memory of Endel Kalam
  • Maximilian W. & Paige Kempner
  • Andrea & Woodrow Leung
  • Richard Levi & Susan Perry
  • Sylvia & Leonard Marx
  • Marvin & Elsa Krasner Miller
  • Phyllis J. & Slade Mills
  • .
  • Dinny & Lester S. Morse, Jr
  • Richard & Viola Morse
  • Kenneth Nimblett, in memory of Rusty Miller
  • Clara Taplin Rankin
  • Samuel Rhodes & Hiroko Yajima
  • Austin & Rosella Rich
  • Caroline Taplin Ruschell & Ron Skufca
  • Gregor Schneider
  • June Schneider
  • Strelsin Fromkin Soyer Fund
  • Julia & Lauren Stiles
  • Nancy & Kenneth Stott, Jr., in memory of George & Sara Denkhaus
  • Sudarsky Family Foundation
  • Beatrice Taplin
  • Harvey S. Traison
  • Donna Wiley & Neal Abraham
  • Capt. Peter Zuromskis
  • .
  • Architect’s rendering of the Jerome & Celia Reich Building on the campus of Marlboro College

    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.

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