Orchestrating a $4.7 Million Surprise Legacy

Jane H. Kesson, Beloved Music Teacher, Donates $4.7 Million to the Philadelphia Orchestra

Luskus & Fuelleborn P.C. is proud to have represented Miss Kesson, a longtime client, and honored she entrusted us with planning her estate.

Jane trusted, respected, and genuinely liked everyone she dealt with at your firm.  She never worried about how she would be treated.  She knew she would always receive the best professional care possible.” 

- Cindi Pasceri, Jane's friend of nearly 40 years and Executrix of her will

Luskus & Fuelleborn P.C. ensured Miss Kesson's final wishes were smoothly executed and commends the Philadelphia Orchestra for creating the Jane H. Kesson School Concert Program.

“It was a pleasure to work with Hilary on what was one of the largest and most meaningful bequests in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s long history. From initial notification through the closing of the Kesson estate administration, Hilary and her team provided impeccable service to the Orchestra.” 

- Mitch Bassion, The Philadelphia Orchestra

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Miss Kesson’s extraordinary teaching career and her unbelievably generous surprise gift to the Philadelphia Orchestra are detailed in Peter Dobrin's November 8, 2018 Philadelphia Inquirer Article, (Link to Full Article), excerpts of which are below:

Jane H. Kesson understood both music and money.

Kesson was the only child of a music-loving mother who recognized her daughter's talent and began piano lessons early, and a father who worked for Sears from whom she learned about investing.

In music as in life, a lot hinges on who we meet along the way, and for the schoolchildren in the Abington School District who happened to get Miss Kesson as their music teacher, luck was on their side. Kesson led the choir, taught music, and over the decades escorted countless students to the Philadelphia Orchestra. Her onetime students describe her as an unusually charismatic and inspirational figure.

Kesson never married or had children of her own, but her name will extend to new generations of budding orchestragoers. The orchestra has recognized her remarkable financial gesture by naming its series of free teacher workshops and related concerts for third- to fifth-graders the Jane H. Kesson School Concert Program.