Parent’s Association

The TESS Parent’s Association is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that exists to support the artistic, educational, and charitable activities of the Talent Education Suzuki School. They provide funding for our Scholarship Fund, our Community Outreach Fund, and our General Support Fund by seeking grants from foundations, corporate support and sponsorship, and donations from individuals and corporations. All donations are fully tax-deductible.Scholarship FundOur Scholarship Fund exists to assist those families whose resources do not extend to music lessons. One third of our families receive some kind of financial assistance. Over one-third of TESS families receive some form of financial assistance. When adequate funds are available, we also provide quality instruments for our scholarship students, and help with other related musical expense. Recipients must demonstrate need and must maintain excellent standing in the school. The Fund relies on grants, corporate sponsorship, and private donations, and the number of scholarships we can offer each year depends on the success of this fund. To sponsor a scholarship student or donate an instrument, please contact Becki Christopherson to discuss your area of interest. We thank you in advance for your generosity!


Fall Fundraising Events


Join us for the Family Recital on Saturday, October 18, 2015 at 4pm! Our Harvest Party will follow with games, contests, pumpkins and lots of food.  The suggested donation is $10/adult and $5/student, and all donations go to the Student Scholarship Fund. Thank you in advance for your support!


Community Outreach Fund

Corporate Support and Sponsorship

Our Community Outreach Fund sponsors efforts of TESS to bring the arts into lower Fairfield County. This Fund covers the expenses of community performances for arts festivals, senior care centers, public schools, and charitable events of other non-profit organization. All performances are given free of charge. This Fund also covers the costs associated with sending our teachers into the public schools to assist them with their music programs, which often operates on insufficient funding. To contribute to this fund, please contact Becki Christopherson to discuss your area of interest. TESS Parent’s Association actively seeks corporate support and sponsorship for our special events and scholarships. Participation in special events provides repeated advertising to over 150 families in lower Fairfield County. Sponsors are listed in all promotion for our special events as well as on the program. Sponsors of scholarships are listed in our brochures as well as in our Celebration Concert program. The Parent’s Association also seeks board members who have connections with foundations and corporations and may be able to facilitate support. To find out how your company can contribute or to get involved with the Parent’s Association, please email us or call the office.

General Support Fund

Our General Support Fund covers the expenses of the Parent’s Association and assists TESS in covering unforeseen costs. This Fund also enables TESS to continually improve the facilities and the instrumental equipment we offer our families. All donations that are not otherwise earmarked are placed in the General Support Fund. To contribute to this fund, please contact Becki Christopherson to discuss your area of interest. We thank you in advance for your generosity!

Donor Ovations

The TESS Parent’s Association is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3)organization that exists to support the artistic, educational and charitable activities of TESS. We are grateful for the generous support of our donors for our Student/Teacher Scholarship Funds.