Merola Donors

List of Donors

The Merola Opera Program is dedicated to the continuing education and training of the finest young operatic talent and the development of this talent into professional opera singers, coaches and stage directors of the highest artistic caliber. Merola operates in close artistic collaboration with San Francisco Opera but is an independent nonprofit organization. Governed by a separate board of directors, Merola is responsible for its own long-term financial stability and fundraising, and is grateful to the hundreds of loyal members, donors and foundations who support the Program.

We extend our sincere appreciation to all donors and acknowledge the following individuals, foundations and corporations for their generous gifts made between October 1, 2015, and September 28, 2016, in support of the Merola Opera Program. For more information about supporting the Merola Opera Program, please contact (415) 936-2324 or e-mail






Donation Amount: $25,000+


National Endowment for the Arts


The Yvonne and Edgar Baker Fund
Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation

Al Garren Fund


Ms. Eloise Bouye
Miss Vivienne E. Miller

Leslys Vedder, in memory of James Forest Vedder

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Donation Amount: $20,000 - $24,999



Bernard Osher Foundation



Nordin and Donna Blacker

Mike and Rusty Rolland

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Donation Amount: $10,000 - $19,999




The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
Il Cenacolo Italian Cultural Club
The Henry W. and Nettie Robinson Foundation

Rusty Rolland and the Schick Fund
Wallis Foundation


Dandelion Chocolate




Peter and Jayne Davis
John and Cynthia Fry Gunn
Barbara K. Jackson
Mr. John Lee

Ms. Amy Roth and Mr. Robert Epstein
Mary Stevens Riley
In Memory of Cameron Waterman III
Mrs. Alfred Wilsey

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Donation Amount: $5,000 - $9,999




Il Cenacolo Italian Cultural Club Renzo Turco Grant for Italian Language Studies

Kia Ora Foundation



Norby Anderson
Darla and Richard Bastoni
Mrs. Birgit Chase
Carlyn Clause and Alexander L. Brainerd
George and Susan Crow
Drs. John and Lois Crowe
Dr. Lisa Danzig
Tim Dattels and Kristine Johnson
Mary and Tom Foote
Priscilla and Keith Geeslin
Ms. Pamela George
Ms. Ursula Grunfeld
James Heagy in memory of Janey Heagy
Mary and Craig Henderson
Ms. Harriet Heyman
   and Mr. Michael Moritz
Mrs. Dana T. Horner

Franklin and Catherine Johnson
Mr. Michael H. Kalkstein and Ms. Susan English
Norman T. Larson
Bernice and John Lindstrom
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Mr. Milton Mosk and Mr. Thomas Foutch
Ms. Patricia Nottingham
Drs. Richard and Pamela Rigg
Mrs. Barbara J. Ross
Bob and Terri Ryan
Jack and Betty Schafer
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Mrs. Carol A. Weitz
Susan York

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Donation Amount: $2,000 to $4,999




Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Raymond Family Foundation
Karl and Alice Ruppenthal Foundation for the Arts
San Francisco Opera Guild
    East Bay Chapter
San Francisco Opera Guild
   Peninsula Chapter

San Jose Opera Guild
William Karl Schwarze Trust
The Sequoia Trust
Tulsa and Simone Fund



Patricia Vaughn Angell
Mary Sherrill Baxter
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip B. Beck
Dr. Phyllis B. Blair
Ms. Brooke Bourland
Ms. Langley Brandt
Ms. Annette Campbell-White
    and Dr. Ruediger Naumann-Etienne
Barbara Bruser and Richard Clark
Maureen Clarke
Mr. Michael Colbruno
Mr. Hugh J. Coughlin
Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Cross
Mrs. Mary A. Culp
Peggy and Reid Dennis
Mr. David Dickson and Mr. Patrick Wilken
Mr. Robert E. Ellis and Ms. Jane W. Bernstein
Mr. Thomas E. Foutch
Michael A. Harrison
    and Susan Graham Harrison
Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Hetzel
Ms. Susan Hone
Greer and Thayer Hopkins
Mr. David S. Hugle and Mr. Haggai Niv
H. Nona Hungate
Patricia and Philip Jelley
Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
Ms. Nelda Kilguss
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Lindberg

Ms. Sylvia R. Lindsey
Josephine Maxon
Patrick McCabe
Ellen and Paul McKaskle
James R. Meehan
David Miller
Mr. Robert B. Mison
D. G. Mitchell
Ms. Camille Morishige
Thomas E. Morton and Anne L. Morton
Mrs. Pamela Murdock
Mr. Paul Nordine
Hiroko Prather
Mr. Glenn H. Reid
Robbins/Cullen Family
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rudd
Miss Dorothy Schimke
Ms. Jean Shuler
Dr. J. H. Silveira
Dr. and Mrs. W. Conrad Sweeting
Ms. Suzanne Turley
Bruce and Fran Walker
Mrs. Anita Weissberg
Faye Wilson
Ms. Shirley Woo and Mr. David Rosenfeld
Mr. and Mrs. A. Lee Zeigler
Stephen and Connie Zilles

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Donation Amount: $1,000 to $1,999




Joyce and William Brantman Foundation
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Opera Standees Association, in memory of Freida Batten

Edward Pollak Family Fund
San Francisco Opera Guild Marin Chapter
Weeden Foundation



Meyer Sound



Nina K. Auerbach, MD
Adam Arthur Bier and Rachel Bier Lem
Paul and Kathy Bissinger
Maurice and Mary Sue Bizzarri
Mrs. Peter H. Black
Ms. Lucia Bogatay
Dr. and Mrs. Melvin C. Britton
Mrs. Irving Broido
Frances Campra
Mr. Martin S. Checov and Mr. Timothy J. Bause
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Cheitlin
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cluff
Mr. Paul Connolly
Mrs. Beverly Coughlin
Ms. Laura Crawford
Dr. James Tristan Cross and Mr. Charles Antonen
Dr. and Mrs. Roy L. Curry
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Dean
Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Dearing
Mrs. Annina R. Demmon
Mr. and Mrs. Frank DeSocio
Keith Doerge
Mr. Peter Felleman
Mr. Steven Franceschi
Mrs. William M. Friede
Joseph and Antonia Friedman
Mr. Fred Hartwick
Mr. and Mrs. Claude M. Hess
Ms. Maxine Hickman
Wilma Horwitz
Mr. Robert Jacoby
Ms. Andrea G. Julian
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Kahn
Mrs. Jeannie Kaufman
Dr. Marion R. Kramer
Mr. Lorrin G. Kroska

William W. Kwan, MD
Joan Shelbourne Kwansa
Ms. Kathe Lange
Mr. Randall E. Laroche and Mr. David Laudon
Mrs. Nancy Donnell Lilly
Mr. Peter M. Lundberg and James B. Mowdy
Eve and Niall Lynch
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Mardesich
Myron Marx and Cora Yang
Mr. and Mrs. J. Patterson McBaine
Ms. Anne G. McWilliams
Cathy and Howard Moreland
David and Marilyn Nasatir
Mr. and Mrs. Boyce Nute
Ms. Susan K. Prather
Mr. and Mrs. David Rinaldo
Ms. Marianne Buttner Robison
Ms. Jo-Ann Rose
Mrs. Edward W. Rosston
Jeannie Sack and Jordan Sachs
Mr. Paul Sack
Mr. Steven Shladover
Ruth A. Short
Natalie O. Shuttleworth
Dr. and Mrs. Jon F. Sigurdson
Diana Starcher and John Sifonis
Blanche Germain Streeter
Martin Tannenbaum
Ms. Maggie Thompson
Mr. Robert Walker and Mr. Ernest Phinney
Mrs. Nelson Wild
Mr. Christopher E. Wiseman and Mr. Eric W. Sleigh
Dr. and Mrs. John A. Zderic

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Donation Amount: $500 to $999




Norman Abramson and David Beery
Ms. Dolores M. Allen
Ms. Jane Annan Allen
Ms. Karen Baumer
Mr. and Mrs. Joel Bean
Davidson Bidwell-Waite and Edwin A. Waite
Mr. Richard Brashear and Ms. Harriet Ivey
Robert E. Brown and Agnes Chen Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Tom H. Burkhart
F. Chaney Li MD
Keith and Jennifer Cerny
Mr. Robert Cook and Ms. Blanca Haendler
Lin Coonan
Dr. and Mrs. William R. Crain
Mrs. Linda Dunn
Mr. Justin Faggioli and Ms. Sandra Donnell
Ms. Cheryl Fippen
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Fleischman
Ms. Ceseli Foster
Mrs. Stanley M. Friedman
Mr. and Mrs. A. Gherardi
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gomory
Mr. Barry Graynor
Mr. Thomas F. Holt
Mr. Wade H. Hover
Ms. Marian Huntoon
Mrs. Edina Jennison
Mr. Robert Kavanaugh and Ms. Dale Robards
Ms. Jean Kellogg and Mr. Henry Tang
Mr. Frank Kelly
Ms. Eiko Kikawada
Ms. Myra K. Levenson
Ms. Margaret Levitt

Mr. William Lokke
Ms. Marian Marsh
Mr. Todd Masonis and Ms. Elaine Wherry
Mr. Ludovico Mazzola
Ms. Janet McLeod
Ms. Ada Mei
Mrs. Walter Miller
Mr. Peter J. Musto
Dr. and Mrs. William L. Newmeyer
James A. Noe III
Dr. and Mrs. Hans Orup
Ms. Anna Marie Payne
Anna and Frank Pope
Mrs. Helen C. Prather
Ms. Danielle Rebischung
Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Renne
Mr. Richard L. Rockwell
Mr. Ronald V. Rosequist
Mrs. Rolf G. Scherman
Diana and Richard Shore
Mr. and Mrs. David Sloss
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sonnenblick
Mr. Eric Stevens
Mr. David Stull
Mr. Hugh C. Trutton
Ms. Kimberly Twesme
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Uchimura
Ms. Olivia Ware
Ms. Ann L. Williamson
Mr. and Mrs. Amos Zucchi
Ms. Anne Zucchi

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Donation Amount: $250 to $499




Mr. Clyde Allen
Ms. Carolee Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson
Mr. David N. Barnard
Martha Nell Beatty
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Belknap
Miss Carol Benz
Paulo S. Bernardino
Ms. Linda Blondis
Joanne R. Bourland
Mr. Bruce Bowen and Ms. Junona Jonas
Karen Breslin
Mary Jo Broderick
Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Brody
Virginia L. Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Alan R. Brudos
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cardinal
Raymond and Minnie Chinn
Mr. C. Paul Christianson
Mrs. Joseph R. Clyn
Ms. Carol Copperud
Mrs. Louise Costigan-Kerns
Barrett and Muriel Crawford
Mr. Robert Crow
Mr. Gerald F. Currier and Mr. Cleveland M. Smith
Ms. Denise Daley
Bob and Norma Dallachie
Carolyn Doelling
Ms. Sue Drake
Ms. Pamela Duffy
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold D. Duncan
Mrs. Anita C. Eble
Ms. Barbara Edwards
Mrs. Monique Fasquelle
Ms. Pamela D. Ferris
Ms. Martha Frishman
Mr. Donald Gibson
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gilmartin
Ms. Tracy Grant and Ms. Mélanie Grant
Ms. Doris W. Grau
Mr. Barry Graynor
Ms. Ellen Grinnell
Ms. Theresa Hallinan
Hunter P. Harris
Mr. Roger Herdman
Mr. Thomas Hibdon
Ms. Peggy Hill
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Houck
Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. Huff III
Ronald T. Hughes
Ms. Lauren Ito and Ms. Frances Escobar-Hosoya
Mr. Cliff Jarrard
Mrs. Elsie M. Kelly
Mr. Erwin L. Kelly, Jr.
Ms. Gladys Kurzuk-Howard
Dr. Jack Leibman
Mr. Hollis Lenderking

Dr. and Mrs. Warren Levinson
Mr. Alan Smith and Dr. Helen Lew
Mr. Norman Licht and Helen Ann Licht
Mrs. John G. Lilienthal
Ms. Deborah Loft
Ms. Eugenia Loken
Mr. Jeffrey Lowry
Ms. Sandra Potter Lundgren
Ms. Rachel Malan
Mrs. Emily Marcus
John G. McGehee
Mr. and Mrs. Michael McNulty
Bill Medigovich
Patricia Mitchell
Ms. Nancy Nee
Dr. and Mrs. Tony Nespole
Mr. and Mrs. D. Warner North
Mr. Robert Oaks and Mr. Fred Sheng
Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. O'Hanlon
Ms. Joan O'Leary
Ms. Sheldeen G. Osborne and Mr. Steven E. Tirrell
Marie Louise Otto
Dr. Judy O'Young and Mr. Gregg Hauser
Ms. Frances Quittel
Mr. Peter M. Radin and Ms. Kathy Trafton
Mrs. Nancy B. Ream
Ms. Nancy Reilly
Mr. Robert Ripps and Mr. Steven Spector
Dr. and Mrs. Alan Roth
Kenneth Ruta Ms. Kathleen Rydar
Mr. Jan Samzelius
Mr. Sean SeLegue and Mr. Richard A. Zuniga
Ms. Carolyn Shaw
Mr. John Shott and Ms. Heidi Munzinger
Mr. Hiram Simon
Ms. Harriet Simpson
Mr. David Snow
Ms. Sue Sommer
Mr. Ian E. Stockdale
Ms. Inge Svoboda
Mrs. Violet Taaffe
Mary and Terry Vogt
Susan Walker
Mr. Kimberly M. Webb and Mr. Richard R. Rossi
Dr. and Mrs. David Werdegar
Dr. Ronald Wing
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Worn
Mr. and Mrs. John Yee
Dr. and Mrs. Carl Zlatchin

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Donation Amount: $175 to $249




Amici Di Merola




Ms. Barbara Adams
Mr. Stephen Arkin and Ms. Barbara Koenig
Mrs. Kirklin Ashley
Mr. David Baker
Ms. Linda Barrett
Mr. and Mrs. Kent T. Baum
Paul and Linda Baumann
Ms. Jodie Beyer
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Brock
Ms. Lisa Burkett
Mr. Kevin Causey and Ms. Cydney Payton
Ms. Janet Chiang
Mr. Martin Cohn
Mr. Copley E. Crosby and Ms. Marianne A. Welmers
Ms. Diane Daniels and Mr. Leonard Heil
Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Dow
Dr. Rollington Ferguson
Ms. Bernice Frucht
Ms. Sara Haber
Mrs. Richard J. Havel
Mary-Rose Hayes Ms. Wendy Hillhouse
Elizabeth Hotchkin

Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Hymson
Ms. Loisann Jacovitz
Ms. Pamela Lawder
Mr. Jeffrey Leiter
Miss Janice C. Levy
Ms. Bonnie Lindahl
Ms. Cosette P. Mitchell
Susan Overman
Ms. Mitzi Palmer
Mr. Robert Patton
Ms. Danija Peterson
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Reich
Ms. Shirley Reith
Ms. Judith L. Reynolds
Mr. Andrew Rombakis
Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Schroeder
Margaret V. Sheehan
Mr. Jon Swedlow
Mrs. Laurence M. Symmes
Mr. Steven M. Tonkovich
Ms. Suzette Wallace
Mr. Robert Wertsch
Mr. Stephen White

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Donation Amount: $75 to $174




Ms. Joan Adler
Ms. Gertrud Albert
Ms. Dolores Ali
Drs. Paul and Geraldine Alpert
Ms. Kristin Anundsen
Anne N. Baldwin
Mr. Marc Barberis
Mr. Frank S. Bayley III
Ms. Maureen Bennett
Prof. Raymond J. Berard
Mr. Roy Bergstrom
Mr. Steven Binder and Ms. Barbara Anscher
Mr. William Blake
R W Blue
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Boeckmann
Ms. Gun Bolin
Dr. Victor Bonfilio
Ms. Michele Bowden
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Bowen
Lois Brainard
Veronica Breuer
Mr. and Mrs. Donal Brown
Mrs. Kathleen M. Brown
Klause and Rike Burmeister
Mr. Peter T. Cabban and Ms. Margaret T. McCaul
Dr. James Marvin Campbell
Col. and Mrs. Bruce Carswell
Mr. Timothy S. Caton
Ms. Claudia Conrad
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Cooper
Mrs. James E. Court
Patricia Craig
Ms. Kathleen Crisp
Ms. Francine Davis
Helen and Raleigh Davis Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. E. Dennis
Dr. William R. Dorrance
Mrs. Cameron Dorsey
Ms. Jeanne Dorward
Mr. and Mrs. Larry R. Drees
The Kerry Lobel & Marta Drury Fund of the Horizons Foundation
Ms. Pamela Elam
Ms. Janet Elliott
Donna Ellis
Roberta and Mark Emerson
Ms. Frances Escobar-Hosoya
Ms. Maja N. Fara
Mr. Roland Feller
Ms. Ruth Felt
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Fenwick
Ms. Nancy Fernandez
Jon W. and Ellen V. Florey
Mr. Lee Follett
Dr. Frederick Gabali
Mr. James Gabbard and Ms. Yana Zimmerman
Dr. Scott Gale
Ms. Amy Garant
Ms. Margaret Garms
Mr. John Gildersleeve
Drs. Eric and Paula Gillett
Mr. John Gilmor and Mr. Richard N. Emery
Stuart M. Gold
Dr. Steven Goldberg
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gordon
Mr. and Mrs. Simon Goren
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Greene
Mrs. Browyn H. Hall
Mr. William Hamilton
Mr. and Mrs. Rod Handeland
Ms. Barbara E. Harms
Ms. Julie Harris
Mr. Gerald Heineck
Dr. John L. Herbert
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Palmer Hotz
Mr. Barry D. Hovis
Ms. Sandra Innes
Mr. Luther Jackson
Ms. Juliana Jensen
Ms. Tracy Johnston
Ms. Ingrid Kallman
Mrs. Celia Kelly
Ms. Emily Kenyon
Mrs. Richard Kirby
Mrs. Ludmila Kisseleva-Eggleton and Mr. Peter Eggleton
Miss Patricia Kline
Ms. Andrea Kohlruss
Herbert and Barbara Graham Kreissler
Ms. Corinne Kremlacek
Ms. Leona Kroll
Mr. and Mrs. Kurt F. Kubatz
Mr. Gregory LaBlanc
Judith A. Lamberti
Mr. Bruce Lamott
Mr. Jeff Lancaster
Mr. Steven Lange

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lanzone
Ms. Marguerite L. Lawrence
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Graham Leaper
Mr. Richard Ledon
Dr. and Mrs. William Leider
Ms. Lamar Leland
Ms. Marcia Leonhardt
Mr. Aren Lijphart and Ms. Gisela Meyers
Ms. Donna Lim
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lin
Mr. Alan Lofaso
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ludgus
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Madison
Ms. Jennie Magid
Mr. Allen Mann
Ms. Jessica Martin
Mr. William Martinelli
Ms. Denise E. Mauldin
Ms. Cari McAskill
William T. McCraw and Janet Muscio
Mr. Donald L. McGee
Ms. Elaine McKenna
Rev. Melinda McLain and Colleen Rodger
Mr. Steven Mendoza
Ms. Linda Millard
Jane and Harry Mison
Ms. Thelma Morris
Kenneth and Patricia Kristof Moy
Hilda Namm
Mr. Howard Neckel
Ms. Katherine Norton
Ms. Eileen C. O'Keeffe
Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Oliver
Mr. Donald Olson
Ms. Nicole Paiement and Mr. Brian Staufenbiel
Mr. Tito Patri and Mrs. Bobby Reich-Patri
Ms. Gisella Perezarce
Mr. and Mrs. Jon Perkins
J. T. Philip
Mr. Herbet C. Ploch
Mr. and Mrs. Wolfgang Pohl
Mr. and Mrs. Ritchie Post
Ms. Karen Burtness Prak
Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Preiner
Mr. and Mrs. William Rabe
Ms. Carol Price Rabin
Alan and Nancy Raznick
Ms. Janet Reider
Ms. Kristin Reyda
Ms. Virginia Reyna
Mrs. Adrian Robertson
Ms. Isabella Rosen
Ms. Joan Rost
Elisabeth Z. Rothenberger
Mr. Victor Rowley and Dr. Stanley K. Yarnell
Mr. Alex Rynecki
Mr. Milton Schaefer and Mr. Scott Plakun
Margot Schevill
Mrs. Hanne Schultz
Ms. Constance Schwarz
Margaret Sheehy
Mr. Daniel Shin
Ms. Jacqueline Slater
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Slawson
Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Slayen
Mr. Raymond Souza
Mr. and Mrs. Michael St. Peter
Mr. John W. Stark
Susie and Britt Stitt
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Switzer
Miss Carol Tomlinson
Raymond and Deborah Tonella
Ms. Roseanna Torretto
Mr. Sergei Troxel
Mr. Cesar Ulloa and Mr. Gary Aliperti
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Van Nest
Mary Van Voorhees
Ms. Deborah Vernet
Mr. Moez Virani
Ms. Catharine Vollmer
Dr. Bradford Wade and Dr. Linda Riebel
Ian and Julia Wall
Ms. Jane Wallace
Mrs. Barbara Wanvig
Ms. Rosalie V. Weaver
Stanley and Elaine S. Weiss
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Wells
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Wittwer
Ms. Susan Z. Wolfe
Ms. Amy Wolgamott
Betty Woo
Ms. Suzanne Yamada
Mr. David Zebker

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Donation Amount: $1 to $74




Center for Learning in Retirement




Ms. Joan M. Allen
Ms. Michele C. Anderson
Ms. Erica Ankuda
Ms. Diane Ayerdi
Mr. Jeff Bart
Ms. Susan Bates
Mrs. Richard Beidleman
Mr. Edgar A. Benhard
Mr. and Mrs. Gus Benz
Mrs. Betty I. Berstein
John and Lu Bingham
Ms. Nancy Brennan
Ms. Gwendolyn Brusca
Mr. Clifford Bryant and Ronit Bryant
Ms. Anne Buchanan
Mr. William Chinowksy
Miss Joyce K. H. Chow
Reverend David L. Clarke
Ms. Sheila Collins
Rosalind Colver
Martin and Virginia Davis
Mr. Harvey D. Day
Mr. Brian Deans
Carol Dickson
Mr. and Mrs. Weczeslaw Elsner
Christine Frank
Joseph and Barbara Fredrick
Ms. Deborah Garber
Ms. Anne Gazenbeek
Ms. Ruth Geos
Ms. Sarah Glaubman
Mr. Simon Glinsky
Ms. Nancy Gribler
Mr. Jesse Grodnik
Mr. David Grounds
Mr. Jack Halpern
Ms. Marion Hazzard
Dr. Janet Hewins
Ms. Susan Miller Hult
Mr. E. Bradley Jelinek
Ms. Judith Kahn
Mr. John Kirkpatrick
Cathryn Kliegel

Ms. Anna Lamothe
Ms. Joan Lamphier
George A. Lazar
Ms. Jo-Lynne Lee
Ms. Laura Leff
Ms. Sally Leonard
Mr. Donald Lovell
Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Lyons
Mr. Mike Massaro
Ms. Margaret McIntyre
Mr. Harry V. McKay
Mrs. Charlotte McMinn
Ms. Amy Meyer
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard L. Meyerson
Ms. Sandra Miller
Ms. Sara Nealy
Al Petrosky
Mr. Tom Quattlebaum
Mr. John Rengstorff
Ms. Vivian Ricci
Ms. Katherine Riva
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rodd
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney H. Rosenberg
Gail I. Rubman
Ms. Regina Saisi
Launy Senee
Mr. Stephen Silberstein
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Skylor
Ms. Laurel Smith
Richard L. Sogg MD Mr. John L. Stackpole
Ms. Bhuma Subramanian
Mr. Steve Tokar and Ms. Beth Katz
Ms. Dana Tran
Carleen S. Trares
Mr. Stephen Van Meter
Angelo Villardi
Mr. Albert J. Vizinho
Steve and Pat West
Mr. Alfred D. Whitman
Mr. Kenneth Wilks
Ms. O'Brien Young
Mr. and Mrs. E. William Yund
Ms. Brenda Ziegler

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In-Kind Donors

1300 on Fillmore
42nd Street Moon
The Absinthe Group
Adventure Cat Sailing Charters
Agriculture Public House at Dawn Ranch Lodge
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
American Bach Soloists
American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet
Karen and Lawrence Ames
Amici di Merola
Frank Ancona
Apollo Olive Oil
Masha Archer
Aurora Theatre Company
Bartholomew Park Winery
Beach Blanket Babylon
Phil & Margaret Beck
DAvidson Bidwell-Waite and Edwin Waite
Adam Arthur Bier and Rachel Bier Lem
BIX Restaurant
Mary Sue & Maurice Bizzarri
Nordin & Donna Blacker
William Blake
Diane Blanchard
Boeger Winery
Jonathan Brandani
Breathless Wines
Bright Wine Fund
Buena Vista Winery
Melissa E. Buron, Associate Curator, European Art, FAMSF
California Shakespeare Theater
California Academy of Sciences
Ms. Annette Campbell-White
Canadian Opera Company
Chateau Adore
The Cheesecake Factory
Chez Panisse Restaurant & Cafe
Circus Center
Ms. Carlyn Clause and Mr. Alexander L. Brainerd
Cliff House
Clos du Val Winery
Concannon Vineyard
Catherine Cook
Mr. Hugh J. Coughlin
Culinary Excellence
Peter and Jayne Davis
Dinah's Garden Hotel & Poolside Restaurant
Disneyland Resort
Jerome C. Draper, Jr. In Memory of William Kent III
Dutch Henry Winery
Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Joshua Ets-Hokin, Photographer
Fairmont San Jose

Florida Grand Opera
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
flour + waterMs. Pamela George
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
Green Music Center
Gregory Graham Wines
Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Hafner Vineyard
Hayes Street Grill
Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Hetzel
Hinman & Carmichael LLP
Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Del Sol
Hotel Healdsburg
Hotel Zelos San Francisco
Houston Grand Opera
InterContinental San Francisco
Istituto Italiano Scuola
J. Lohr Vineyards
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Mr. Michael H. Kalkstein & Ms. Susan English
Drs. James & Joan Kelly
William W. Kwan, MD
La Note Restaurant
Lamplighters Music Theatre
Landmark Vineyards
Langtry Estate & Vineyard
Ledson Winery & Vinyeard
Little Vineyards Family Winery
Los Angeles Opera
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Jean & Lindsay MacDermid
MacRostie Winery
Magic Flute Restaurant
Magimix by Robot-Coupe
Ridge Vineyards
Rosalie Marshall
Robert B. Mison
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Mountain Play Association
New Century Chamber Orchestra
Nob Hill Gazette
Annie Nunan
Oakland Ballet
Dr. Sarah Kelly Oehler
Olivia Riegel Inc.
Opera Parallele
Opera San Jose
Opera Santa Barbara
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Park 55 San Francisco - a Hilton Hotel
Pangloss Cellars
Peju Province Winery
Peninsula Symphony
People's Wine Revolution
Perbacco Ristorante
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
PLAJ Restaurant
Plumed Horse
Portland Opera
Presidio Golf Course
Quixote Winery
Ridge Vineyards
Pamela and Richard Rigg
Rockwall Wine Company
San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco Girls Chorus
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Performances
SF Wine Group
San Francisco Zoological Society
The Santa Fe Opera
Schug Carneros Estate Winery
Seattle Opera
Natalie O. Shuttleworth
Natalie O. Shuttleworth/ Blue Sky Adventures
Mary & Paul Slawson
Smuin Ballet
Sojourn Cellars
Sol Rouge
Spaghetti Bros.
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Susan Graf Limited
Sweet Adeline
Dr. & Mrs. W. Conrad Sweeting
Tante Marie's Cooking School
Texture Wines
Truett Hurst Winery
Urban Bottling Experience at Tank18
Valley of the Moon Music Festival
The Walt Disney Family Museum
Mrs. Carol A. Weitz
West Edge Opera
The Winery SF
Christopher Wiseman and Eric Sleigh
Wolf Trap Opera
Stephen and Connie Zilles

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Corporate Matching Gift Donors

Adobe Systems Incorporated
American Express Gift Matching Program
AT&T Foundation
BankAmerica Foundation
Chevron U.S.A., Inc.
Computer Associates International
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
IBM Foundation
JK Group Trustees for Visa International's
    Employee Giving Campaign

McKesson Corporation
Millipore Corporation
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Time Warner Matching Grants Program
Union Bank of California

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Merola Legacy Society

The Merola Legacy Society honors those who have included Merola Opera Program in their will, trust or other estate plans. For more information on how you can support Merola Opera Program through your estate planning, please call (415) 936-2321.

Norman Abramson and David Beery
Mrs. Barbara Adams
Mrs. Judith Anderson
Mrs. John Anderton
Kathleen H. Barr
Ms. Eloise Bouye
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Bowen
In Memory of George (Troy) Browman
    and his Living Partner J. Gerald Gagnon
Mr. Russell P. Chappell
Ms. Donna Chazen
Maureen Clarke
Ms. Carlyn Clause and Mr. Alexander Brainerd
Mr. Michael Colbruno
Mr. Jose Maria Condemi
Mrs. Charles Cornman
Mr. Gerald F. Currier
nbsp;   and Mr. Cleveland M. Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Peter W. Davis
Mr. Stephen Drewees
Mrs. Thelma Dry
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dwelly
Mr. Robert F. Ewing
    and Mr. Cesar L. De Joya, Jr. Mrs. A. Barlow Ferguson
Mary and Tom Foote
Mario Fracchia
Mrs. William M. Friede
Joseph and Antonia Friedman
Ms. Magda Gabali
Mr. Louis B. Gagliardi
Pamela George
Ms. Tracy Grant
Miss Doris Grau
Miss Ursula Grunfeld
Dr. and Mrs. John G. Gurley
James Heagy in memory of Janey Heagy
Tom Houran and Bill Medigovich
Mr. David S. Hugle
Barbara K. Jackson
Ms. Elizabeth A. Jacobs
Ms. Dagmar L. Jamison
Ms. Joanie Juster
Jean Kellogg
Ms. Ludmila Kisseleva-Eggleton and Mr. Peter Eggleton
Mr. Louis A. Koffman
Mr. Ken Kolby
Mrs. Barbara F. Kral
Herbert and Barbara Graham Kreissler
Ms. Joan Shelbourne Kwansa
Mr. Frank S. Lanier
Ms. Oliver Lawton
Mr. John Lee

Bernice Gucker Lindstrom
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Joseph R. Maletta-Hoffman Family Trust
Ms. Norrine L. Marchegiani-Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Mardesich
Ms. Denise E. Mauldin
Ms. Christine Miller
Miss Vivienne E. Miller
D. G. Mitchell
Cathy and Howard Moreland
Ms. Thelma Morris
Mr. Albert L. Mosher
Mr. Milton Mosk and Mr. Thomas Foutch
Mr. Carroll J. Newbanks
Ms. Marie J. Niemann
Mr. Haggai Niv
Mr. Carl Noelke
Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. O'Hanlon
Ms. Brenda Osborne
Ms. Sheldeen G. Osborne
   and Mr. Steven E. Tirrell
Ms. Verna Parino
Robert and Carol Parvin
Mr. Glenn H. Reid
Mr. Robert Robertson
Mike and Rusty Rolland
Mr. Gerald Rosenstein
Ms. Louise A. Russell
Bob and Terri Ryan
Mr. and Mrs. John Ryckman
Jeannie Sack
Debra R. Schoenberg
Ms. Marilyn G. Seiberling
Ms. Carolyn Shaw
Ms. Jean A. Sherlin
Natalie O. Shuttleworth
Mr. and Mrs. David Sloss
Ms. Sue Sommer
Ms. Nancy Soper and Robert Soper
Dr. David D. Stein
    and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Dr. Sam Thal
Miss Carol Tomlinson
Mr. Hugh C. Trutton
James S. and Gayle G. Tunnell
Ms. Suzanne Turley
Shirley Wilson Victor
Mr. Albert J. Vizinho
Ms. Gladys Wagman
Mrs. Barbara Wanvig
Ms. Ann L. Williamson
Dr. and Mrs. John A. Zderic

The Merola Opera Program honors the memory of the following friends who have provided a legacy of support through their bequests and other planned gifts this year.

Mrs. Marjorie Appleton
Mrs. Marion Zimmer Bradley
William Burke
Thelma Dry

K. E. Freeman
Dr. Lilli Kalis
Mr. Jack H. Lund
Gerald B. Rosenstein

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Merola Opera Program wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all donors who have made memorial and honorary donations between October 1, 2015, and September 28, 2016

In Memory Of


Brian Asawa
Freida Batten
Irving Broido
Zheng Cao
Jean B. Donnell
Bob Hawes
Janey Heagy
Eleanor Kenney
Verna Parino

Valerie Pope
Henry W. Robinson and Nettie Robinson
Gerald B. Rosenstein
Mr. James H. Schwabacher
Madlyn Stein, MD
Barbara Swedlow
James Forest Vedder
Cameron Waterman III

In Honor Of

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
Hugh Coughlin
Cesar De Joya and Robert Ewing
Pamela George
Dana Horner
Jean Kellogg and Henry Tang

Frank Lanier and Glenn Reid
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Robert B. Mison
Mrs. Barbara J. Ross
Patrick Summers
Peter Winkelstein


Merola Opera Program Endowment
The Merola Opera Program acknowledges with thanks those groups and individuals who have established or support the following endowment funds, which provide lasting tributes and generate continual support for developing the artists of the future.


Kurt Herbert Adler -
    Merola Endowment Fund
Amici di Merola Fund
Barab Family Trust Fund
Dr. Leland Barber
   & Gladys K. Barber Endowment Fund
The Anthony I. Balestrieri Endowment Fund
Richard J. Bartlett Memorial Fund
Jean E. Bennett, Jr. Fund
The Sidney & Phyllis Blair Fund
John S. Brooks Memorial Fund
Florence Bruce Fund
Bruser Family Fund
Carlton F. Bryan Fund
Betty Cable Fund
Zheng Cao Opera Fund
Mai G. Coggin Endowment Fund
Cooper Endowment Fund
Reid & Peggy Dennis Endowment Fund
Grace A. Diem
   & Alice E. Siemons Endowment Fund
In Memory of Jean Donnell Fund
Querita Eybel Endowment Fund
Mr. & Mrs. A. Barlow Ferguson Endowment Fund
I. P. Patrick Gallagher Fund
Nicholas & Mary Ann Gannam Endowment Fund
L. Henry Garland Memorial Fund
Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund
Donna Lee Grassman Memorial Fund
Gary Griffith Memorial Endowment Fund
Gropper Memorial Fund
Anneliese Gruenberg-Bremer Fund
Otto Guth Fund
Mark Haffner Apprentice Coach Fund
In Memory of James T. Heavey Fund
Elaine Henderson Endowment Fund

Heritage Fund
Vija Hovgard Endowment Fund
David S. Hugle
    and Haggai Niv Endowment Fund
The Jacobs Family Trust
Grace & Mildred Johnson
    Endowment Fund
In Memory of Peter G. Kavantjas Endowment Fund
Donald Wayne Kennedy Fund
Leona Gordon Lowin Memorial Fund
Lotfi Mansouri Apprentice Director
Meltzer Family Memorial Fund
Merola Members Endowment Fund
Albert L. Mosher & John E. McCormick
    AIDS Memorial Fund
Oreste J. di Muro Endowment Fund
The Bernard Osher Foundation
    Career Grant Endowment
Mary A. Powell Career Grant Fund
In Honor of Leontyne Price
   Endowment Fund
Charles Rolle, M.D. Endowment Fund
Marie Louise Rosenberg Memorial Endowment Fund
Gerald B. Rosenstein Fund
Schick Memorial Fund
Eva & Henry Schlesinger Fund
The Shenson Family Fund
Claudia Stoop Memorial Fund
Blanche Thebom Trust Fund
Dickson Titus III Fund
Alma Brooks Walker Memorial Fund
Frank W. & Matilda O. Weymouth
    Living Trust Fund
James L. Wilson Trust Endowment Fund
In Memory of Patricia Yakutis Endowment Fund
Alma Cella Yoder Trust
Estate of Mr. William Zoller

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Merola Opera Program Career Grants

Merola Opera Program gratefully acknowledges the following donors who have provided special support to our young artists.

  • Dr. Phyllis B. Blair Career Grant–Drs. Sidney & Phyllis Blair Fund
  • Florence Bruce Career Grant–Mrs. Starr Bruce Endowment Fund
  • Jean Donnell Memorial Career Grant–In Memory of Jean Donnell Fund
  • Richard & Rhoda Goldman Career Grant–Mr. Richard N. Goldman Fund
  • Gropper Memorial Career Grant–Alfred Fromm & Otto E. Meyer, in Memory of Dr. Angel Gropper
  • E. A. Haggerty Memorial Career Grant–Larry L. Hillblom Foundation
  • David S. Hugle Career Grant–Mr. David S. Hugle
  • Peter G. Kavantjas Career Grant–In memory of Peter G. Kavantjas Endowment Fund
  • Li Foundation Career Grant–Li Foundation Scholarship Fund for Chinese Singers
  • Merola Alumni Career Grant–Merola Opera Program Alumni
  • Albert L. Mosher & John E. McCormick AIDS Memorial Career Grant–Albert L. Mosher & John E. McCormick AIDS Memorial Fund
  • The Bernard Osher Foundation Career Grant–The Bernard Osher Foundation
  • Mr. & Mrs. Bernhardt Poetz Memorial Career Grant–A Friend of Merola
  • Mary A. Powell Career Grant–Mary A. Powell Fund
  • Schick Memorial Career Grant–Schick Memorial Fund
  • Schwabacher Family Career Grant–Mr. James H. Schwabacher
  • Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation in memory of Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson
  • Richard Strauss Opera Career Grant–G. William Jewell, in memory of Mr. Robert C. Silvering
  • Dickson Titus III Career Grant–Dickson Titus III Fund

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