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, 2016, and June 30, 2017, 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


Nordin and Donna Blacker
Ms. Eloise Bouye
Barbara Bruser and Richard Clark
Peter and Jayne Davis

Barbara K. Jackson
Miss Vivienne E. Miller
Mike and Rusty Rolland
Leslys Vedder, in memory of James Forrest Vedder

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Donation Amount: $15,000 - $24,999



Bernard Osher Foundation


Dandelion Chocolate



John and Cynthia Fry Gunn
Franklin and Catherine Johnson
Scott and Susan Lord

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

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Donation Amount: $10,000 - $14,999




PG&E Better Together Giving Program
The Henry W. and Nettie Robinson Foundation
Rusty Rolland and the Schick Fund

Joseph and Eleanor Sax Fund
Wallis Foundation






Carlyn Clause and Alexander L. Brainerd
George and Susan Crow
Priscilla and Keith Geeslin
Mr. David Hugle

Mr. John Lee
Drs Richard and Pamela Rigg
Bruce and Fran Walker

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




Helen Berggruen and Five Arts Foundation

The Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation



First Republic Bank



Norby Anderson
Darla and Richard Bastoni
Dr. Phyllis B. Blair
Ms. Annette Campbell-White and Dr. Ruediger Naumann-Etienne
Mr. Hugh J. Coughlin
Drs. John and Lois Crowe
Tim Dattels and Kristine Johnson
Mary and Tom Foote
Ms. Ursula Grunfeld
James Heagy in memory of Janey Heagy
Mary and Craig Henderson
Ms. Harriet Heyman and Mr. Michael Moritz
Mr. Michael H. Kalkstein and Ms. Susan English

Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
Norman T. Larson
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Lindberg
Bernice and John Lindstrom
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Maura Markus
Ellen and Paul McKaskle
James R. Meehan
Mr. Robert B. Mison
Mr. Milton Mosk and Mr. Thomas Foutch
Mr. Haggai Niv
Mrs. Barbara J. Ross
Bob and Terri Ryan
Jack and Betty Schafer
Ms. Jean Shuler
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Mr. Patrick Wilken and Mr. David Dickson
Mrs. Alfred Wilsey
Diana C. Yee
Susan York
Mr. and Mrs. A. Lee Zeigler
Stephen and Connie Zilles

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




Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Il Cenacolo Italian Cultural Club
Fred M. Levin & Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation in memory of Ben & A. Jess Shenson
San Francisco Opera Guild
    East Bay Chapter

San Francisco Opera Guild
   Peninsula Chapter
San Jose Opera Guild
William Karl Schwarze Trust



Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Meyer Sound



Mary Sherrill Baxter
Mr. and Mrs. Joel Bean
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip B. Beck
Adam Arthur Bier and Rachel Bier Lem
Maurice and Mary Sue Bizzarri
Ms. Brooke Bourland
Ms. Langley Brandt
Mrs. Birgit Chase
Maureen Clarke
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cluff
Mr. Michael Colbruno
Mr. Paul Connolly
Mrs. Laura Crawford
Dr. James Cross and Mr. Charles Antonen
Mrs. Mary A. Culp
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Dean
Peggy and Reid Dennis
Carol and Dixon Doll
Mr. Robert E. Ellis and Ms. Jane W. Bernstein
Michael A. Harrison
    and Susan Graham Harrison
Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Hetzel
Alice Ames Morison and Dr. Oakley Hewitt
Ms. Susan Hone
Greer and Thayer Hopkins
Mrs. Dana T. Horner
Wilma Horwitz
Maria Hughes
H. Nona Hungate
Mr. Robert Jacoby
Mr. and Mrs. C. Bradford Jeffries
Mr. and Mrs. Sean Kali-Rai
Mrs. Jeannie Kaufman
Ms. Nelda Kilguss
Gretchen B. Kimball
William W. Kwan, MD
Joan Shelbourne Kwansa

Ms. Kathe Lange
Myron Marx and Cora Yang
Ms. Ada Mei
Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Michener
David Miller
Cathy and Howard Moreland
Ms. Camille Morishige
Anne L. Morton
David and Marilyn Nasatir
James A. Noe III
Mr. Paul Nordine
Ms. Patricia Nottingham
Ms. Annie Nunan
Mr. and Mrs. Bill R. Poland
Anna and Frank Pope
Mr. Glenn H. Reid
Robbins/Cullen Family
Ms. Marianne Buttner Robison
Mr/ Michael A. Roosevelt, Esq.
Ms. Jo-Ann Rose
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rudd
Jeannie Sack and Jordan Sachs
Miss Dorothy Schimke
Mr. Steven Shladover
Dr. J. H. Silveira
Ms. Blanche Germain Streeter
Mrs. Mary K. Swalen
Dr. and Mrs. W. Conrad Sweeting
Ms. Suzanne Turley
Ruth and Ross Uchimura
Mrs. Anita Weissberg
Mrs. Carol A. Weitz
Faye Wilson
Mr. Christopher E. Wiseman and Mr. Eric W. Sleigh
Ms. Shirley Woo and Mr. David Rosenfeld
Mr. and Mrs. Amos Zucchi

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




Joyce and William Brantman Foundation
Opera Standees Association

Karl and Alice Ruppenthal Foundation for the Arts
San Francisco Opera Guild Marin Chapter



Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson
Nina K. Auerbach, MD
Miss Carol Benz
Davidson Bidwell-Waite and Edwin A. Waite
Paul and Kathy Bissinger
Mr. Gordon Brodfuehrer and Dr. Victor Lemas
Mr. and Mrs. Tom H. Burkhart
Klaus and Rike Burmeister
Frances Campra
Mr. Peter Carwell
Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Castellucci
Ms. Carmen J. Castro-Franceschi and Mr. Greg Franceschi
Mr. Martin S. Checov and Mr. Timothy J. Bause
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Cheitlin
Mrs. Beverly Coughlin
Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Cross
Mr. Robert Crow
Dr. Lisa Danzig
Keith Doerge
Mr. Justin Faggioli and Ms. Sandra Donnell
Mr. Peter Felleman
Mrs. William M. Friede
Mr. Vernon Giang and Ms. Joy Chen
Beatrice and Paul Gomory
Mr. Fred Hartwick
Ms. Lauren Ito and Ms. Frances Escobar-Hosoya
Mr. and Mrs. Kambiz Jalili
Edina Jennison
Ms. Andrea G. Julian
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Kahn
Mr. Robert Kavanaugh and Ms. Dale Robards
Ms. Jean Kellogg and Mr. Henry Tang
Ms. Diana Kissil and Mr. John Cullison
Mr. Sven Kjaesgaard
Dr. Marion R. Kramer
Karen J. Kubin
Ms. Shirley Kwok

Ms. Margaret Levitt
Mrs. Nancy Donnell Lilly
Ms. R. Gisela Lloyd
Mr. William Lokke
Eve and Niall Lynch
Mrs. Midge Mansouri
Mrs. Emily Marcus
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Mardesich
Mr. and Mrs. J. Patterson McBaine
Ms. Anne G. McWilliams
Jane and Harry Mison
Mrs. Pamela Murdock
Mr. peter J. Musto
Victoria and Koichi Nakamura
Ms. Erika Nelson and Mr. Guy Cross
Ms. Barbara Newton
Suzanna G. Pollak
Ms. Susan K. Prather
Ms. Merrill Randol
Mr. and Mrs. John Renard
Mr. and Mrs. David Rinaldo
Mr. Paul Sack
Drs. Milton and Sondra Schlesinger
Dr. and Mrs. Jon F. Sigurdson
David L. and Barbara G. Sloss
Ms. Maggie Thompson
Doug Von Qualen
Ms. Susan Walker
Ms. Olivia Ware
Patricia Weeden
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Worn
Ms. Anne Zucchi

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Donation Amount: $500 to $999




Norman Abramson and David Beery
Ms. Karin Albright
Ms. Dolores M. Allen
Ms. Jane Annan Allen
Ms. Yoshika Asada
Rupa and Shawn Badlani
Mr. David N. Barnard
Ms. Nancy Barrett
Mrs. Nasrin Tarakolian Beheshti
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bertillion
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bialek
Mr. Marc Blakeman
Mr. Richard Brashear and Ms. Harriet Ivey
Karen Broido
Mr. Donald Buhman and Mr. Wray Humphrey
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cabak
Jack Calhoun and Trent Norris
Keith and Jennifer Cerny
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Chretien
Mr. and Mrs. Roger ClaydenMr. Robert Cook and Ms. Blanca Haendler
Dr. and Mrs. William R. Crain
Mrs. Denise Cutler
Ms. Jeanne Dorward
Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Dow
Mrs. Linda Dunn
John P. and Cecelia G. Eurich
Ms. Wendy Fantl
Mr. Frederick S. Fields and Ms. Roxanne Holmes
Ms. Cheryl Fippen
Ms. Ceseli Foster
Mrs. Stanley M. Friedman
Mr. and Mrs. A. Gherardi
Ms. Tracy Grant and Ms. Mélanie Grant
Marcia and Geoffrey Green
Mr. Brian Gustafson and Ms. Elizaveta Vakhroucheva
Ms. Theresa Hallinan
Mr. Rick Harrell
Mr. and Mrs. David Hartley
Mr. Jake HeggieFred and Peggy Heiman
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Hollins
Mr. Wade H. Hover
Ms. Marian Huntoon
Mr. Cliff Jarrard
Mr. Frank Kelly
Ms. Eiko Kikawada
Mr. John V. Lampe
Dr. and Mrs. John Lavorgna
Marcia Lazer
Ms. Myra K. Levenson
Mr. Alan Smith and Dr. Helen Lew
F. Chaney Li MD
Ms. Sylvia R. Lindsey
Mr. Alan Lofaso
Chris McCrum

John and Lana McIntyre
Mr. Chris Meza
Dr. and Mrs. William L. Newmeyer
Mr. Robert Oaks and Mr. Fred Sheng
Ms. Joan O'Leary
Dr. and Mrs. Hans Orup
Mr. Robert Patton
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Petterson
Mr. Duane Phillips
Maria Pitcairn
Ms. Anastasia Polakis
Ms. Danielle Rebischung
Mr. and Mrs. John Renard
Dr. Andrew Rombakis
Ms. Barbara Rosenblum
Dr. and Mrs. Alan M. Roth
Ms. Kathleen Rydar
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sagues
Mr. Christopher Scanlan
Mrs. Rolf G. Scherman
Mr. and Mrs. Stu Schuster
Mr. Sean SeLegue and Mr. Richard A. Zuniga
Mr. Matthew Shilvock
Diana and Richard Shore
Mr. John Shott and Ms. Heidi Munzinger
Natalie O. Shuttleworth
Dr. and Mrs. Steven Sloan
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sonnenblick
Mr. Eric Stevens
Mr. David Stull
Dr. and Mrs. Behnam Tabrizi
Ms. Julie Thompson
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tisch
Ms. Kimberly Twesme
Dr. Bradford Wade and Dr. Linda Riebel
Mr. Kevin Wakelin
Mr. Robert Walker and Mr. Ernest Phinney
Mrs. Barbara Wanvig
Ms. Judith Workman
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Yee

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Donation Amount: $250 to $499




Mr. and Mrs. Nariman Afkhami
Mr. Clyde Allen
Ms. Karen Ames and Lawrence Ames
Amii Barnard-Bahn and Michael Bahn
Ms. Linda Barrett
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Belknap
Prof. Raymond J. Berard
Linda Blum
Ms. Anne Borgman
Joanne R. Bourland
Mr. Bruce Bowen and Ms. Junona Jonas
Karen Breslin
Mark Bright
Dr. and Mrs. Melvin C. Britton
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Brock
Mrs. Mary Jo Broderick
Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Brody
David S. Brown, M.D.
Virginia L. Brown
Mr. Ralph E. Bulkley and Mrs. Clairelee Leiser Bulkley
Agnes Chen Brown
Raymond and Minnie Chinn
Mr. C. Paul Christianson
Ms. Ina Chun
Dr. and Mrs. Peter Coffin
Ms. Carol Copperud
Mrs. Louise Costigan-Kerns
Barrett and Muriel Crawford
Mr. Gerald F. Currier and Mr. Cleveland M. Smith
Bob Dallachie
Ms. Sharon Daniels
Ms. Irene Dietz
Ms. Shannon Eliot
Dr. Ranveig N. Elvebakk and Mr. Thomas Farren
Mr. and Mrs. George Erdi
Ms. Ruth Felt
Ms. Pamela D. Ferris
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Fleischman
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Frame
Mr. Steven Franceschi
Mr. David Freedman
Dr. Gwen Fyfe
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Geist
Ms. Carol Ghinger
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Gilmartin
Mr. Simon Glinsky
Ms. Doris W. Grau
Anne P. Gray
Ms. Ellen Grinnell
Mr. William Hamilton
Hunter P. Harris
Mr. Thomas Hibdon
Ms. Diane Hidy
Ms. Peggy Hill
Elizabeth Hotchkin
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Houck
Dr. Hing On Hsu
Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. Huff III
Juliana Jensen and Charles L. Coleman III

Dr. Israel Katz
Andy Kelly
Mrs. Elsie M. Kelly
Mr. Erwin L. Kelly, Jr.
Ms. Barbara F. Kral
Mr. Stephen Krasner
Ms. Gladys Kurzuk-Howard
Thomas A. Larsen
Ms. Pamela Lawder
Dr. Jack Leibman
Mr. Hollis Lenderking
Mr. Roy Levin and Ms. Jan Thomson
Dr. and Mrs. Warren Levinson
Miss Janice C. Levy
Mr. Norman Licht and Helen Ann Licht
L Bing Liem
Ms. Deborah Loft
Ms. Eugenia Loken
Mr. Jeffrey Lowry
Dave Gomberg and Diana Lum
Peter M. Lundberg and James B. Mowdy
Ms. Betty Maddux
Mr. Tom Magnani
Ms. Deborah Marion
Ms. Marian Marsh
Bill Medigovich
Mr. Stanley Michael and Mr. John Churchwell
D. G. Mitchell
Patricia Mitchell
Mr. Charles Moody
Ms. Yasuko Naiki
Ms. Nancy Nee
Mr. and Mrs. D. Warner North
Ms. Cynthia O'Brien
Marie Louise Otto
Susan Overman
Ms. Mitzi Palmer
Mr. Tito Patri and Mrs. Bobby Reich-Patri
Ms. Nancy Petrisko
Mr. and Mrs. Ritchie Post
Hiroko Prather
Ms. Frances Quittel
Mr. Peter M. Radin and Ms. Kathy Trafton
Mr. Kimberly M. Webb and Mr. Richard R. Rossi
Kenneth Ruta
Mr. Jan Samzelius
Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Schroeder
Mrs. Hanne Schultz
Ms. Carolyn Shaw
Mr. Hiram Simon
Mrs. Harriet Simpson
Mr. David Snow
Ms. Gwen Sobolewski
Ms. Sue Sommer
Mr. and Mrs. Michael St. Peter
Ms. Hilary Steinberg
Mr. Ian E. Stockdale
Mr. Jon Swedlow
Mrs. Laurence M. Symmes
Mrs. Violet Taaffe
Mary and Terry Vogt
Mr. Russell Wallace
Dr. Ronald Wing
Mr. Sydney Wright
Dr. and Mrs. Carl Zlatchin
Ms. Susan Zsigmond

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Donation Amount: $100 to $249




Amici di Merola
Ms. Barbara Adams
Ms. Joan Adler
Ms. Linda Aldrich
Ms. Dolores Ali
Ms. Joan M. Allen
Mr. David Baker
Anne N. Baldwin
Mr. Marc Barberis
Mr. and Mrs. Kent T. Baum
Paul and Linda Baumann
Ms. Karen Baumer
Mr. Frank S. Bayley III
Ms. Nancy Berg Jackson
Dr. Roy C. Bergstrom
Mr. Stephen Bertram
Ms. Jodie Beyer
Mr. Steven Binder and Ms. Barbara Anscher
Ms. Linda Blondis
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Boeckmann
Dr. Victor Bonfilio
Ms. Robin Brasso
Mrs. Kathleen M. Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Alan R. Brudos
Mr. Brent Butler
Dr. James Marvin Campbell
Mr. Timothy S. Caton
Ms. Janet Chiang
Miss Joyce K. H. Chow
Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Ciabattoni
Mrs. Joseph R. Clyne
Mr. Martin Cohn
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Cooper
Mrs. James E. Court
Patricia Craig
Mr. Copley E. Crosby and Ms. Marianne A. Welmers
Drs. Marc and Quita Cruciger
Ms. Diane Daniels and Mr. Leonard Heil
Mr. Arthur Davidson
Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. E. Dennis
Ms. Lenora Desmas
Mrs. Cameron Dorsey
Ms. Rose Dougherty
Mr. and Mrs. Larry R. Drees
Mr. Nicholas Dunckel
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Edelman
Ms. Pamela Elam
Roberta and Mark Emerson
Ms. Frances Escobar-Hosoya
Ms. Marilyn Ezzy and Mr. Howard Ashcraft
Ms. Maja N. Fara
Mr. Roland Feller
Mr. and Mrs. John Fenster
Ms. Nancy Fernandez
Mrs. John H. Finger
Ms. Lucille V. Fjoslien
Jon W. and Ellen V. Florey
Ms. Helen Woo Fong
Carol Frieidenberg
Dr. Frederick Gabali
Dr. Scott Gale
Ms. Margaret Garms
Mr. John Gildersleeve
Mr. John Gilmor and Mr. Richard N. Emery
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Giordano
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gordon
Mr. and Mrs. Simon Goren
Mr. Barry Graynor
Mr. Jesse Grodnik
Ms. Sara Haber
Ms. Amburn Hague
Ms. Bessie Hahn
Mrs. Bronwyn H. Hall Mr. and Mrs. Rod Handeland
Ms. Barbara E. Harms
Ms. Julie Harris
Ms. Lyndsey Harrison
Mr. Gerald Heineck
Dr. John L. Herbert
Ms. Wendy Hillhouse
Mr. Ephraim G. Hirsch and Ms. Dianne Fillippi
Mr. Ralph D. Holt
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Palmer Hotz
Ronald T. Hughes
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Hume
Mr. E Bradley Jelinek
Mr. Mark Junkert
Ms. Joanie Juster
Ms. Ingrid Kallman
Mrs. Richard Kirby
Ms. Ludmila Kisseleva-Eggleton and Mr. Peter Eggleton
Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Klier
Dr. and Mrs. Dale E. Kocienski
Ms. Valerie Konkle
Herbert and Barbara Graham Kreissler
Judith A. Lamberti
Ms. Anna Lamothe
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lanzone
Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Larson
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Graham Leaper
Mr. Richard Ledon
Ms. Jo-Lynne Lee
Dr. and Mrs. William Leider
Ms. Marcia Leonhardt
Arend Lijphart and Gisela Meyers
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lin
Angela C. Little
Mr. Nathaniel Lopez
Mr. Donald Lovell
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ludgus
Ms. Ruth Lycette Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Lyons

Mr. Allen Mann
Ms. Denise E. Mauldin
Ms. Anne Maverick
Josephine Maxon
Mr. and Mrs. Michael McNulty
Mrs. Judith Miller
Ms. Cosette P. Mitchell
Ms. Thelma Morris
Mr. Howard R. Neckel
Dr. and Mrs. Tony Nespole
Mr. and Mrs. Tim O'Leary
Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Oliver
Ms. Eithne Pardini
Ms. Gisella Perezarce
Ms. Dagnija Peterson
Mr. and Mrs. Wolfgang Pohl
Ms. Karen Burtness Prak
Mr. Tom Quattlebaum
Ms. Marie Raphael
Mrs. Nancy B. Ream
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Reich
Ms. Nancy Reilly
Ms. Shirley Reith
Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Renne
Ms. Kristin Reyda
Ms. Virginia Reyna
Ms. Judith L. Reynolds
Ms. Isabella Rosen
Ms. Joan Rost
Gail I. Rubman
Mr. Milton Schaefer and Mr. Scott Plakun
Mr. and Mrs. H. Alton Schick
Mr. and Mrs. William Schuppel
Ms. Constance Schwarz
Ms. L. Christine Selle
Ms. Barbara Selvidge
Margaret V. Sheehan
Mr. John W. Stark
Mr. Randal Stiverson
Ms. Theresa A. Stuart
Mr. Stephen Suzman
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Switzer
Ms. Susan Thibodeaux
Miss Carol Tomlinson
Raymond and Deborah Tonella
Mr. Steven M. Tonkovich
Mr. Joel Toste
Mr. Cesar Ulloa and Mr. Gary Aliperti
Ms. Jessica Vapnek
Ms. Marilyn Waldman
Ian and Julia Wall
Ms. Jane Wallace
Ms. Ching-Yu Wang
Ms. Rosalie V. Weaver
Stanley and Elaine S. Weiss
Daphne and Stuart Wells
Dr. and Mrs. David Werdegar
Mr. Robert Wertsch
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Wittwer
Dr. Richard Caplin and Ms. Mary Ann Wloszek
Ms. Susan Z. Wolfe
Mr. David Zebker

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Donation Amount: $25 to $99




The Kerry Lobel & Marta Drury Fund of the Horizons Foundation



Mrs. Charles B. Adelmann
Ms. Gertraud Albert
Drs. Paul and Geraldine Alpert
Joyce Barnett
Mr. Jeff Bart
Mr. Edgar A. Benhard
Ms. Maureen Bennett
Mrs. Betty I. Bernstein
Ms. Sally Bland
R W Blue
Ms. Donna Boyd
Diane Breivis
Veronica Breuer
Mr. and Mrs. Donal Brown
Ms. Gwendolyn Brusca
Ms. Anne Buchanan
Col. and Mrs. Bruce Carswell
Ms. Kim Chang
Mr. William Chinowsky
Reverend David L. Clarke
Ms. Sheila Collins
Rosalind Colver
Mr. Clifford Colvin
Ms. Tracy Daugherty
Martin and Virginia Davis
Mr. Harvey D. Day
Robert and Phylis Demchick
Carol Dickson
Dr. William R. Dorrance
Mr. John D. Drago
Donna Ellis
Mr. Robert Ely
Ms. Carolyn Fallon
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Fenwick
Joseph and Barbara Fredrick
Mr. and Mrs. Marius Frochlichman
Ms. Anne Gazenbeek
Ms. Kathleen Gee
Ms. Ruth Geos
Ms. Colleen Glass
Dr. Steven Goldberg
Ms. Brendalynn Goodall
Mr. John Gosselin
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Greene
Mr. David Grounds
Mr. Jack Halpern
Elisabeth Hartman
Mary-Rose Hayes
Ms. Marion Hazzard
Mr. Barry D. Hovis
Ms. Susan Miller Hult
Ms. Sandra Innes
Mr. Luther Jackson
Mr. and Mrs. Clint Jennings
Mrs. Samira Parekh Jones
Ms. Judith Kahn
Ms. Andrea Kohlruss
Ms. Beatrice Krivetsky
Mr. Michael Kupperberg

Ms. Joan Lamphier
Mr. Steven Langer
Ms. Marit Lash
George A. Lazar
Ms. Alice Lehmann
Ms. Sally Leonard
Ms. Shirley Long
Ms. Priscilla Lore
William T. McCraw and Janet Muscio
Mr. Donald L. McGee
Mr. James McKeown
Mrs. Charlotte McMinn
Mr. Steven L. Mendoza
Ms. Sandra Miller
Mr. Joseph Mutti
Ms. Katherine Norton
Ms. Eileen C. O'Keeffe
Mr. Al Petrosky
Mr. John Price
Ms. Carol Price Rabin
Ms. Ann Ratcliffe
Alan and Nancy Raznick
Ms. Janet Reider
Mr. John Rengstorff
Mr. Thomas C. Robinson
Mr. Ronald Rogness
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney H. Rosenberg
Mr. Victor Rowley and Dr. Stanley K. Yarnell
Ms. Regina Saisi
Mr. David Salem
Margot Schevill
Ms. Natalie Shapiro
Ms. Margaret Sheehy
Mr. Daniel Shin
Mr. Stephen Silberstein
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Skylor
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Slawson
Mr. Maxwell Slomich
Miss Maureen Smith
Mr. Raymond Souza
Ms. Charlise Tiee and Mr. Scott Grieder
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Turner
Mr. Terry Uptmor
Mr. Stephen Van Meter
Dr. Marsha Vande Berg
Ms. Virginia Vida
Mr. Albert J. Vizinho
Steve and Pat West
Steven White
Mr. Alfred D. Whitman
Mr. and Mrs. Deloss M. Wood
Ms. Mary C. Young
Ms. O'Brien Young
Mr. and Mrs. E. William Yund
Mr. Michael A. Zimmerman

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In-Kind Donors

Breathless Sparkling Wines
Bright Wine Fund
Culinary Excellence Catering
In Memory of Norma McDonald Draper

Hafner Vineyard
Nob Hill Gazette
Partage Winery
Red Carpet Bay Area

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Corporate Matching Gift Donors

American Express Gift Matching Program
SD Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Chevron U.S.A., Inc.

IBM International Foundation
Microsoft Corporation
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
Ms. Wilma Avery
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. Donald Buhman and Mr. Wray Humphrey
Mr. Russell P. Chappell
Ms. Donna Chazen
Agnes Chen Brown
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
Peter and Jayne Davis
Mr. Stephen Drewees
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dwelly
Roberta and Mark Emerson
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
Mrs. Rolf Gille
Dave Gomberg and Diana Lum
Beatrice and Paul Gomory
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
Ms. Marian Huntoon
Barbara K. Jackson
Ms. Dagmar L. Jamison
Ms. Joanie Juster
Mrs. Jeannie Kaufman
Jean Kellogg
Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
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
Ms. Oliver Lawton
Mr. John Lee

Ms. Marcia Leonhardt
Bernice Gucker Lindstrom
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Betty Maddux
Ms. Norrine L. Marchegiani-Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Mardesich
Myron Marx and Cora Yang
Ms. Denise E. Mauldin
Bill Medigovich
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
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
Peter and Bettina Rosenbladt
Ms. Louise A. Russell
Kenneth Ruta
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
David L. and Barbara G. 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
James S. and Gayle G. Tunnell
Ms. Suzanne Turley
Shirley Wilson Victor
Mr. Albert J. Vizinho
Doug Von Qualen
Ms. Gladys Wagman
Bruce and Fran Walker
Mrs. Barbara Wanvig
Mr. Patrick Wilken and Mr. David Dickson
Ms. Ann L. Williamson
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. Marion Zimmer Bradley
Dr. Orlando Clark
Wiley C. Crawford
Roy Demmon
Thelma Dry

Mr. Jack H. Lund
Ms. Bettie Slissman
Mr. Hugh C. Trutton

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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, 2016, and September 30, 2017

In Memory Of


Brian Asawa
Freida Batten
Lois Brainard
Robert Elliott Brown
Zheng Cao
Grete Christensen
Jean B. Donnell
David Gee
Marc Gropper
Janey Heagy
Elizabeth Jacobs
Eleanor Kenney

Frank Lanier
John Lindstrom
Thomas E. Morton
Mary Stevens Riley
Henry W. Robinson and Nettie Robinson
Rusty Rolland
Mr. James H. Schwabacher
James Forrest Vedder
Cameron Waterman III

In Honor Of

Mary Sue Bizzarri
Michael Colbruno
Hugh Coughlin
Peggy Dennis
Jean Kellogg
Milton Mosk and Thomas Foutch

Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Bernard Osher
Dale Robards
Mrs. Barbara J. Ross
Dr. David D. Stein
Cesar Ulloa and Gary Aliperti
Patrick Wilken


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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