18 Van Wyck Street
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

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Bennett Trio

The Bennett Trio - Founding members of The Bennett Conservatory of Music (left to right) : Charles Cedric, violin, Mercedes Bennett, piano, Boyd Bennett, cello.

Else Bennett Scholarship Fund

The Bennett Conservatory of Music mourned the death of Else Bennett in 2020, the last of the school's founding generation, and its director for half its seventy years of existence.

The Else Bennett Scholarship Fund was established to celebrate her life and influence by fostering music talent for many children and encouraging the joy of music making to all.

[Bennett building pen and ink drawing]

Musical enjoyment for all ages in
Croton-on-Hudson since 1950

Mission Statement

The Bennett Conservatory of Music was founded by a family of musicians in 1950 and has served four generations of students. Its primary mission is to promote musicianship for all ages through private instruction, chamber performances, and student recitals. The Bennett Conservatory of Music is dedicated to excellence in teaching, exploring traditional and modern musical styles, and serving as a cultural resource for the appreciation of music and other arts in Northern Westchester.

About Us

Rarely outside of a large city can one find a school to compare with the Bennett Conservatory of Music, either in of instruction available, the superior qualifications of the teaching staff, or the cultural activities sponsored by the school for the students, their families, and the community.

This site attempts to outline what the Conservatory has to offer, but it cannot adequately convey the atmosphere of friendliness, informality, enthusiasm, and dedication in which this instruction takes place. It can only imply some of the unique advantages to the student which such a school can offer - the chance to see and hear such a variety of artistic efforts, to take part in coordinated artistic projects, to know that one's own lesson is a small but significant part of a group effort to make life richer through the enjoyment and the disciplines of art.


Jane Parkhouse

Board of Trustees

Charles H. Bennett
Cornelia Cotton
Deslyn Downes-Dyer
Jacob Alex Dyer
Mary Ann George
Meredith Hertlein
Veronica Rawlings
Nance Shatzkin
Kristan Temme
Barbara Bennett Woodhouse


The Bennett Conservatory of Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational institution registered with the Regents of the State of New York.

The Bennett Conservatory of Music does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or in the administration of its educational policies.

18 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 (map)
914-271-4825    /   bennettconservatory@gmail.com
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