Twenty years: A conservatory timeline
Like a finely tuned orchestra, the Lynn University Conservatory of Music relies on harmonious effort. For 20 years, key players—administrators, faculty, donors and students—have shared a vision of quality and creativity.
As a result, conservatory students, instructors and alumni collectively win competitions, join leading music faculties and play in some of the finest orchestras in the world. They have truly made beautiful music together.
A look back reveals some of the highlights that made it all possible.
The conservatory opens at Lynn
Sixty-two music students join the Lynn family, living and learning in the HARID building. Students work toward academic and performance achievement: Bachelor of Music degrees and post-baccalaureate professional studies diplomas.
Lynn University Preparatory School of Music launches
Lynn introduces music lessons and courses for the community and young musicians. Since then, thousands of students have enrolled. Performance instruction continues today.
First Lynn University Philharmonia concert
The orchestra premieres at Olympic Heights High School in Boca Raton.
Spanish River Church becomes Lynn Philharmonia venue
The group makes the Boca Raton church its performance home.
First Bachelor of Music degrees
Ten students receive bachelor’s degrees in performance.
Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall opens
Lynn’s first campus concert venue debuts with chamber music.
The conservatory moves on campus
The enhanced Count and Countess de Hoernle Residence Hall offers new music studios and offices.
Lynn University Friends of the Conservatory of Music launches
The volunteer organization has its first membership tea.
First Lynn Philharmonia Family Holiday Concert
The premiere of the annual concert (now the Gingerbread Holiday Concert) spreads cheer to over 500 music lovers at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
First Lynn Philharmonia concert at Boca West
The first of these annual outdoor events at Boca West Country Club entertains 300 fans. Today, 1,500 attendees enjoy a large-scale show with a fireworks finale.
Advanced performance degree and certificate programs begin
Two new post-baccalaureate degrees launch: a Master of Music in performance and a performance-only professional performance certificate (P.P.C.). (Lynn retires the professional studies diploma.)
First Master of Music degrees
Six conservatory students receive Master of Music degrees.
Saint Andrew’s School becomes Lynn Philharmonia venue
Concerts relocate to state-of-the-art Andrews Hall in Boca Raton.
First New Music Festival
The event shares modern music and provides a platform for student composers to bring their work to life. By 2020, more than 90 premieres were performed.
Composition programs begin
Lynn introduces bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music composition.
Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center opens
The Lynn Philharmonia accompanies Bernadette Peters at the Wold’s first concert.
First Lynn Philharmonia concert at the Wold
The Wold officially becomes the orchestra’s home.
Instrumental collaborative piano programs begin
Lynn teaches advanced collaboration via a Master of Music or P.P.C.
The conservatory moves to de Hoernle International Center
The conservatory enjoys expanded, renovated space and convenient access to the concert hall and the Wold.
Lynn Philharmonia performs with Joshua Bell
Conservatory Music Director and Conductor Guillermo Figueroa and selected students play with the virtuoso at Festival of the Arts BOCA.
Educational outreach initiative to Cuba
Conservatory faculty travel to Cuba for a two-day concert showcasing music by American composers.
President Kevin M. Ross joins the orchestra
President Ross steps on stage for “Romp for Symphony Orchestra and (Celebrity) Triangulist” at the Gingerbread Holiday Concert.
Lynn celebrates 20 years of timeless music
Students and faculty present a dazzling anniversary season of master classes, recitals, competitions and concerts.