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Leigh and Brian Lytwynec P’08 ‘10

“The close atmosphere at the Conservatory allows our daughter to understand herself, her music and the world better.”

–Leigh and Brian P. Lytwynec P’08 ‘10

One of the best things we ever did was have our daughter Beth attend the summer program at The Boston Conservatory when she was a junior in high school. By being there, she came to understand what a commitment music was: what she’d be giving up to have a career in music but also what she’d be gaining. Beth was a dedicated athlete in high school; she ran track, played basketball and went all-state in soccer. It was really difficult for her to decide whether to go to a college where she could major in English and focus on sports or go to a conservatory and make music her life. She thought about it a lot and identified where her heart was—and it was with music.

The faculty at The Boston Conservatory give students such individualized attention. They’re there to help each artist grow, and each artist is different, with his or her own strengths and weaknesses. That personalized attention has been perfect for Beth; we’ve always been confident that she is receiving an excellent education. Yet with the small student body a conservatory has, we know that that high quality of instruction is going to create a financial strain, so we feel it’s important to give.

Each year Beth is making progress and maturing and learning—not just musically, but also learning a lot of life skills that will benefit her in anything she does. Her voice teacher and her vocal coach challenge her in class and in performance to make the next leap, to be willing to take a risk. Her teachers are very connected to her, and the close atmosphere at the Conservatory allows her to understand herself, her music and the world better.

We have always believed that the arts help us understand the world better; they change our moods, motivate us, help us through bad times and make good times better. During Beth’s orientation week, Karl Paulnack, the director of the Music Division, gave a talk to the freshman parents that clearly articulated the benefits the arts afford to society. He compared The Boston Conservatory to a medical school, saying that both schools heal people—surgeons use medical instruments to open the body, and musicians use musical instruments to open the heart and soul. Both are crucial. As freshman parents hearing that speech, we just knew this was the right place for Beth. 

Leigh and Brian P. Lytwynec live in Ilion, NY, where Brian is the chief operating officer of the Utica National Insurance Company. They are the parents of Beth Lytwynec (B.M. ’08, M.M. ’10, opera performance).

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