This program was created in memory of Valentina Charlap-Evans, a beloved member of the Newburgh Chamber Music community who spent over 30 years of her working life here in the Valley as a devoted musician and teacher. Val served as principal violist of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, performing with some of the greatest classical music personalities of our time, and her teaching studio of viola students was an environment of love, joy and encouragement. 

Valentina had a remarkable career performing with the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, The Calgary Philharmonic, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, The Springfield Symphony Orchestra and The N.E. Pennsylvania Philharmonic.


We accept instruments (can be repaired if necessary) that will go to area schools and music students. To donate your instrument(s) and/or get more information about this program, contact Dr. Joel Evans at or fill out the contact form below.


To make monetary donations, please  click the "DONATE" button below. Once you click the button, you will be forwarded to our PayPal site, where you can enter the amount of the donation and complete your transaction. To earmark your donation for the Fund, click the "add special instructions to the seller" link, and enter the earmark indication there. You do not need to have an existing PayPal account (or create a new account) to make a one-time donation. Thank you for your support of the Fund!

To make your contribution by mail, please click here to print form and mail with your check to:


Newburgh Chamber Music
P.O. Box 1244
Newburgh, NY 12551

Proud Recipient

of the 2013-2014

for outstanding contribution to the cultural environment of the community.

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