The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, a non-profit organization, is an outgrowth of The Stecher and Horowitz School of the Arts. Founded in 1960, in Cedarhurst, New York, the school was Nassau County’s leading conservatory of music until its transition in 1999 to New York City. Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, Executive Directors of the foundation and founders of the original school, devoted a lifetime to more than 15,000 students enrolled during its 39 year history. Concerned about the future, the foundation realized that the next chapter in its mission was to serve as mentors, supporting and inspiring young musicians through the New York International Piano Competition. Constantly expanding its vision, the foundation continues to serve and inspire young musicians worldwide.