Music con Brio began in 2011 as a small start-up consisting of all volunteer employees and 23 violin students. Through the dedication, time, talents, money, and hard work of many generous people, we have grown into a thriving organization employing four teachers, serving over 70 students in grades 1-12, offering violin, piano, and cello lessons, as well as various summer and supplemental programs. We are privileged to work with a wonderful group of socioeconomically and culturally diverse students and their families.


Music con Brio is our great passion, and we are incredibly thankful for the people who help make it possible. Now we are asking you to consider becoming one of our supporters, or continue supporting us if you have in the past. Every dollar counts, and every donation goes directly toward program expenses – teacher pay, tuition support, instruments and repairs, and our annual concert series. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, so every donation is fully tax-deductible. 

Your gift makes a real difference in the lives of Madison children and their families. Thanks for considering! And while you’re at it, please consider passing this information on to anyone else you think might be interested in helping.

Music con Brio at a Glance


  • We have worked with more than 250 students since 2011 
  • We have 73 current students representing 13 different Madison-area schools
  • 35% of our students receive some form of tuition assistance. $8000+ in tuition assistance given each semester; no one is turned away due to financial need. 
  • Community Concert Series: Twice per year, we partner with bands/ensembles like Madison Bach Musicians, Yid Vicious, the Big Payback, Caravan Gypsy Swing, and Charanga Agoza to perform concerts in venues all over Madison such as the High Noon Saloon, MMoCA, and the Majestic Theater (17 given to date). 
    • Our students learn some of the band’s own music to perform with them
    • The band plays backup in their own style for our student’s regular rep
  • Summer Workshop Series: Guest artists like Nashville-based bluegrass band Circus No. 9 and Chicago-based The CoverGirls Violin Show spend a day working with older and more advanced students, culminating in a show at the Goodman Community Center; registration is open to the public
  • Ongoing partnerships with Sugar Maple Music Festival, Madison Bach Musicians, Goodman Community Center, Emerson Elementary School/MSCR, and the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Classical Music Concert Series