Donor Stories -old

Both our donors and the beneficiaries of their generosity have stories to share.

Read their stories below.

Beverly Marksbury

Ms. Marksbury first heard about the Colburn School when she served as benefit chairman of the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, a philanthropic community group serving the greater Los Angeles area. “After we awarded two grants to the school, I attended a luncheon for the students in the Summer Encounter program, which provides two weeks of arts instruction to fifth and sixth grade students.

Elizabeth Samson

Ms. Samson’s love of music began early, when a chance encounter with famed cellist Gregor Piatigorsky at a recital left an indelible mark on her. “He signed my program for me, and when he learned I was taking cello lessons, he sketched a quick staff and some notes on it as well.”

Susan and Bruce Heard

Susan Heard recalls attending a performance of Hansel and Gretel with family friends when she was a child, but it was meeting Bruce Heard in 1979 that ignited her ongoing love of classical music and opera. “That changed my life,” she recalls. Bruce’s parents felt strongly that their son should have access to performances of classics like The Nutcracker and Peter and the Wolf, a passion he was eager to share with his wife.

Tom Beckmen

Tom Beckmen got involved with the Colburn School at the invitation of then-Board Chairman Carol Colburn Grigor. “We both served on the board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and she asked me to come over and help out at Colburn,” he recalls.

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