Merola Career Grants

Give the Gift of Opera

All Merola alumni are eligible for career grants for five years after they leave the program, up to $6,000 a year and up to $12,000 over the full five years. Merola Opera Program gratefully acknowledges the following donors who have provided special support to our young artists.


If you participated in Merola within the last five years, you may be eligible for a Merola Career Grant. Grants are awarded for specific uses, such as voice lessons, language study, special coaching, audition and/or competition tour, the learning of a particular role, etc. Artists must complete an application and include a proposed budget before being considered. The application must indicate the specific need for which the artist is requesting funds. Applications are considered quarterly, and must be received by the following deadlines: December 1, March 1, June 1 and September 1.
Click to Download a PDF of the Merola Career Grant Application. You may also request a Word document version of the application by emailing or write to:
Merola Opera Program
Attn: Career Grants
601 Van Ness Avenue, Suite S
San Francisco, CA 94102
To submit your application via e-mail: Type the information into the required fields on the word document form and attach to an e-mail directed to

Merola Career Grant Donors

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

For more information on how you can support Merola Opera Program Artists and Alumni with a Career Grant, contact:

Tracy Grant

Director of Contributed Giving





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