Our Donors

Thankful for Our Donors

We extend our sincere appreciation to all donors and acknowledge the following individuals, foundations and corporations for their generous gifts made between October 1, 2021, and June 15, 2022 in support of the Merola Opera Program.


Chairman's Circle
$50,000 & above

Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation


$25,000 - $49,999

Elise Bouye Foundation
Mrs. Annina R. Demmon
Grants for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
The Bernard Osher Foundation
Ms. Amy Roth and Mr. Robert Epstein
Leslys Vedder, in memory of James Forrest Vedder
Diane B. Wilsey


President's Circle

$15,000 - $24,999

Donna Blacker
Jennifer and Chris Brahm
Barbara Bruser and Richard Clark
George and Susan Crow
Peter and Jayne Davis
Stephen Duscha and Wanda Lee Graves
Mary and Tom Foote
John and Cynthia Fry Gunn
Franklin and Catherine Johnson
Bernice Lindstrom
In memory of Cameron Waterman III

Diamond Circle

$10,000 - $14,999

Darla and Richard Bastoni
Margareta and Staffan Encrantz
Joseph H. Harris Jr. in memory of Joseph H. Harris and Margaret A. Harris
Mr. David Hugle and Mr. Haggai Niv
Il Cenacolo Italian Cultural Club
Mr. John Lee
Scott and Susan Lord
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Mr. Paul D. Nordine
The Henry W. and Nettie Robinson Foundation
Sack Family Fund
Dr. and Mrs. W. Conrad Sweeting
Bruce and Fran Walker
Valerie Wheat


Platinum Circle

$5,000 - $9,999

James Scott Bays
Maureen Clarke
Carlyn Clause and Alexander L. Brainerd
Janet Cluff
The Hon. Marie Bertillion Collins and Mr. Leonard Collins
Dr. and Mrs. William R. Crain
Drs. John and Lois Crowe
Arianne Dar
Tim Dattels and Kristine Johnson
Mr. Thomas Foutch
Miss Ursula Grunfeld
James Heagy, in memory of Janey Heagy
Mary and Craig Henderson
Dr. and Mrs. John Lavorgna
Eve and Niall Lynch
Midge and Shireen Mansouri
Ellen and Paul McKaskle
James R. Meehan
Mr. Glenn H. Reid
Drs. Richard and Pamela Rigg
Bob and Terri Ryan
Mr. Paul Sack
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Moya Verzhbinsky
Mr. Patrick Wilken and Mr. David Dickson
Susan York
Mrs. John A. Zderic
Mr. and Mrs. A. Lee Zeigler
Stephen and Connie Zilles

Gold Circle
$2,500 - $4,999

Robert H. Beadle
Ms. Langley Brandt
Mr. Hugh J. Coughlin
Dr. James Cross and Mr. Charles Antonen
Mrs. Denise Cutler
Michael Darnaud and Jodi Klein
Ms. Jeanne Dorward
Roberta and Mark Emerson
John L. Garfinkle
Beatrice and Paul Gomory
Michael A. Harrison and Susan Graham Harrison
Mr. Robert Jacoby and Ms. Jennifer Baik
Mr. Michael H. Kalkstein and Ms. Susan English
Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
Karen J. Kubin
Kathe and Ben Lange
Miss Renee O. Leap
Mrs. Nancy Donnell Lilly
Ms. Sylvia R. Lindsey
Betty Maddux
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Mardesich
Mr. Donald L. McGee
David Miller
Mr. Robert B. Mison
Cathy and Howard Moreland
Anne L. Morton
Mrs. Pamela Murdock
Scott and Andrea Nagelson
James A. Noe III
Carlos Penikis
Mr. and Mrs. David Rinaldo
Mrs. Barbara J. Ross
Jeannie Sack and Jordan Sachs
Jack and Betty Schafer
Miss Dorothy Schimke
Mr. Steven Shladover
Barbara Sonnenblick
Dr. Eliana Thacher and Mr. Hugh Thacher
Ruth Uchimura
Mrs. Carol A. Weitz
Ms. Faye Wilson
Yermack Family Fund
Mr. Dennis Zhang

Silver Circle
$1,000 - $2,499

Adam Arthur Bier and Rachel Bier Lem
Maurice and Mary Sue Bizzarri
Joyce and William Brantman Foundation
Ms. Lucia Bogatay
Karen Broido
Dr. and Mrs. Melvin Cheitlin
Charles and Janet Chiang
Mr. Terence Chu
Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco
Valerie Crane Dorfman
Mrs. Antonia Cross
Deidra and Robert Crow
Sharon Daniels
Dr. Philip and Mrs. Elayne Dauber
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Dean
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority - San Francisco Alumnae Chapter
Mr. Robert A. Ellis
Mr. Peter Felleman
Barbara B. Friede
Geoffrey and Marcia Green
Ms. Theresa Hallinan
Mr. Fred Hartwick
Wilma Horwitz
Ms. Andrea G. Julian
Mrs. Jeannie Kaufman
Ms. Eiko Kikawada
Ms. Nelda Kilguss
Mr. Sven Kjaesgaard
Joan Shelbourne Kwansa
Mr. Roy Levin and Ms. Jan Thomson
Mark Lewis
William Lokke
Deborah Marion, Tax CPA, EA
Myron Marx and Cora Yang
Mr. and Mrs. J. Patterson McBaine
John and Tessa Melvin
Mary Suzanne Missimer
D. G. Mitchell
Mr. and Mrs. Boyce Nute
Suzanna G. Pollak
Ms. Susan K. Prather
Ms. Merrill Randol
Dr. Andrew Rombakis
Ms. Kathleen Rydar
San Francisco Opera Guild East Bay Chapter
San Francisco Opera Guild Marin Chapter
San Francisco Opera Guild Peninsula Chapter
San Jose Opera Guild
Carl Schaper
Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Schroeder
Gary and Dana Shapiro
Ms. Jean Shuler
David L. and Barbara G. Sloss
Ms. Blanche Germain Streeter
Roselyne Chroman Swig
Ms. Kimberly Twesme
Mr. Kimberly M. Webb and Mr. Richard R. Rossi
Ms. Ann L. Williamson
Mr. Christopher E. Wiseman and Mr. Eric W. Sleigh
Ms. Shirley Woo and Mr. David Rosenfeld


Bronze Circle
$600 - $999

Ms. Linda Barrett
Chan Family Fund of the Yolo Community Foundation
Keith Doerge
Mrs. Linda Dunn
Ms. Pamela D. Ferris
Mrs. Stanley M Friedman
Bernice Greene
Mrs. Claude M. Hess
Ms. Diana Kissil and Mr. John Cullison
Ms. Myra K. Levenson
Ms. Eugenia Loken
Kathie and Dexter Lowry
Patrick McCabe
Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Michener
Dr. and Mrs. Hans Orup
Nancy Petrisko and Don Beckham
Ms. Marianne Buttner Robison
Kenneth Ruta
Ms. Freda Scott and Mr. Jason Danielson
Qi Zhou


$300 - $599

Mr. Bijou and Dr. Taji Abraham
Norman Abramson and David Beery Charitable Fund of Horizons Foundation.
Ms. Karin Albright
Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson
Mr. David N. Barnard
Mrs. Marcia Benjamin
Mr. and Mrs. David Berluti
Dr. Roy C. Bergstrom
Joanne R. Bourland
Mr. Bruce Bowen and Ms. Junona Jonas
Mr. Richard Brashear and Ms. Harriet Ivey
Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Brody
Karen Burtness Prak and Jan Willem Prak
Raymond and Minnie Chinn
Ms. Carol Copperud
Mr. Paul Dana
Ms. Lenora Desmas
Dave Gomberg and Diana Lum
Esther Haas
Ms. Barbara E. Harms
Hunter P. Harris
Ms. Diane Hidy
Ms. Peggy Hill
Greer and Thayer Hopkins
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Houck
Ms. Jean Kellogg and Mr. Henry Tang
Mr. Frank Kelly
Victoria Kirby
Ms. Marcia Leonhardt
Janice Levy
Norman and Helen Ann Licht
Nafiseh and Karl Lindberg
Michael McGinley
Mr. Steven L. Mendoza
Ms. Joan O'Leary
Ms. Marie Orsi
Dr. Judy O'Young and Mr. Gregg Hauser
Michael Peskin
Mr. Duane Phillips
Anna and Frank Pope
Hiroko Prather
Ms. Nancy Reilly
Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Renne
John and Grace Rosenquist
Mr. Victor Rowley and Dr. Stanley K. Yarnell
Mrs. Hanne Schultz
Margaret V. Sheehan
Diana and Richard Shore
Natalie O. Shuttleworth
Ms. Sue Sommer
Mr. Anthony C. Stagliano and Ms. Carol Hooker
David Sundstrom
Garret Swart and Indiana Strombom
Isabel Valdes
Mary and Terry Vogt
Dr. Bradford Wade and Dr. Linda Riebel
Daphne and Stuart Wells
Dr. Ronald Wing
Diana C. Yee
Mr. David Zebker
Carl and Betty Zlatchin
Ms. Anne Zucchi


$100 - $299

Mr. Robert Abra
Ms. Joan Adler
Alan Almquist
Ms. Michele C. Anderson
Roger and Mary Ashley
Cantor Roslyn Barak
Marc Barberis and Catherine Mikami
Mr. and Mrs. Kent T. Baum
Paul and Linda Baumann
Martha Nell Beatty
Mr. Stephen Bertram
Ms. Jodie Beyer
Mr. Steven Binder and Ms. Barbara Anscher
Ms. Linda Blondis
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Boeckmann
Victor P. Bonfilio, JD, PhD.
Karen Breslin
Katherine Brown
Mrs. Kathleen M. Brown
Ms. Lisa Burkett
Dr. James Marvin Campbell
Bruce and Mary Alice Carswell
Mr. William Chinowsky
Ina Chun and Jefferson Rice
Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Ciabattoni
Mr. Martin Cohn
Mr. Robert Cook and Ms. Blanca Haendler
Ximena Cordova
Mrs. Louise Costigan-Kerns
Mrs. Beverly Coughlin
Mrs. James E. Court
Patricia Craig
Dr. Kip Cranna and Mr. Bruce Lamott
Ms. Diane Daniels and Mr. Leonard Heil
Mr. Arthur Davidson
Ms. Francine S. Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. E. Dennis
Ms. Irene Dietz
Lauren Groff Erickson and Erik Erickson
Shinji Eshima
Pat and Richard Farnsworth
Roland Feller Violin Makers
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Fenwick
Mrs. John H. Finger
Jon W. and Ellen V. Florey
Carolyn Ford
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh W. Foster
Joseph and Barbara Fredrick
Ms. Bernice Frucht
Frederick Gabali
Paula Gerhardt
Ms. Carol Ghinger
Steven Goldberg and Sandee Blechman
Sharon Chen and Michael Gordon
Mr. Greg Gorel
Ms. Crystal Gromer and Mr. Geoffrey Smith/h6>
Dr. Erich Gruen and Ms. Ann Hasse
Ms. Sara Haber
Mrs. Bronwyn H. Hall
Mr. William Hamilton
Charles F. Hanes
Ms. Julie Harris
Elisabeth Hartman
Linda Hearne
Mr. Daniel Hersh
Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Hetzel
Mr. Thomas Hibdon
Ms. Wendy Hillhouse
Ian Hinchcliffe and Marjorie Shapiro
Mr. Ephraim G. Hirsch and Ms. Dianne Fillippi
Ellen Hoover
Mrs. Harold Hoskins
Marie Hotz
Dr. Hing On Hsu
Ronald T. Hughes
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Hume
Mr. Luther Jackson and Ms. Cecilia Deck
Hermia James
Mr. Cliff Jarrard
Mr. C. Bradford Jeffries
Ms. Judith Kahn
Ms. Ingrid Kallman
Larry and Jeanne Kelly
Ms. Ludmila Kisseleva-Eggleton and Mr. Peter Eggleton
Eva Klein
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Kohs
Judith A. Lamberti
Mr. Steven Langer
Ms. Marguerite L. Lawrence
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Graham Leaper
Mr. Richard Ledon
Ms. Lamar Leland
Mr. Lue Li
Arend Lijphart and Gisela Meyers
Ms. Donna Lim
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lin
Mr. Nathaniel Lopez
Mr. Allen Mann
Ms. Marian Marsh
William T. McCraw and Janet Muscio
Ms. Elaine McKenna
Ms. Jo Ann McStravick
Ms. Deborah K. Miller
Erie Mills and Thomas Rescigno
Patricia Mitchell
Gwen and James Neary
Mr. Howard R. Neckel
Dale and Suzanne Needles
Dr. Tony Nespole
Harriet Newman
Mr. and Mrs. D. Warner North
Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Oliver
Marie Louise Otto
Susan Overman
Ms. Mitzi Palmer
Mr. and Mrs. Ritchie Post
Hilary Power
John Price and Judy Gillette
Ms. Frances Quittel
Alan and Nancy Raznick
Richard Reeder
Ms. Judith L. Reynolds
Ms. Isabella Rosen
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rosenberg
Gail I. Rubman
Dr. Milton Schaefer and Mr. Scott Plakun
Mr. and Mrs. William Schuppel
Mr. Hiram Simon
Mrs. Harriet Simpson
Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Slayen
Lyle Snow
Christine Staples
Mr. Ian E. Stockdale
Miss Carol Tomlinson
Jessica Vapnek
Ian and Julia Wall
John Wallace
Ms. Ching-Yu Wang
Stanley and Elaine S. Weiss
Dr. and Mrs. David Werdegar
Gail Whelan
Steve and Peggy Woehleke
Mr. and Mrs. E. William Yund
Frank Zepeda


$25 - $99

Barbara and Kenneth Adams
Ms. Joan M. Allen
Jane Andersen
Mr. Edgar A. Benhard
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bertillion
Veronica Breuer
Virginia L. Brown
Ms. Anne Buchanan
Ms. Delma Campbell
Guy A. Campisano Jr.
Betty Carmack
Rosalind Colver
Carol Dickson
Mr. Francis Garcia
Ms. Kathleen Gee
Ms. Ruth Geos
Mr. John Gildersleeve
Eleanor Gnup
Ms. Tracy Grant and Ms. Mélanie Grant
Mr. Larry Hanover
Eugene Hogenauer
Mr. Barry D. Hovis
Mrs. Nadine Hubbell
Amy Anderson Kessler and Merle Kessler
Sally Ketchum
Sally Lane Kirby
Dina Kuntz
Ms. Anna Lamothe
Dr. William R. Leben
Leslie Lingaas
Mr. William Martin
William T. McCraw and Janet Muscio
Mrs. Charlotte McMinn
Brenda Osborne
Ms. Eithne Pardini
Ms. Dagnija Peterson
Katherine Riva
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Robins
Margot Schevill
Jesus Olivas Sierra
Mr. Stephen Silberstein
Derek Sinutko
Miss Maureen Smith
Ms. Gwen Sobolewski
Nancy Soper
Ms. Cherrill Spencer and Mr. Rick Leder
Mr. Stephen Suzman
Mr. Stephen Van Meter
Mr. Albert J. Vizinho
Steve West
Steven White

Lifetime Honorary Members

In recognition of their invaluable contributions to the Merola Opera Program

Chris Bragg
Sheri Greenawald
Mark Morash


In-Kind Donors

Norby Anderson
Bay Area Graphics
Maurice and Mary Sue Bizzarri
Jennifer and Chris Brahm
Suzanne Gelber & David Rinaldo
Christian Hardy with Culinary Excellence Catering
Hinman & Carmichael LLP
Drs. Richard and Pamela Rigg
Step By Step c/o Nancy Chin
Carol A. Weitz


Corporate Matching Gifts Donors

Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough LLC
Union Bank of California


Merola Legacy Society

Ms. Barbara Adams
Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson
James Scott Bays
Robert H. Beadle
Maurice and Mary Sue Bizzarri
Donna Blacker
Agnes Chen Brown
Joanne R. Bourland
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Bowen
Mr. Donald Buhman and Mr. Wray Humphrey
Russell P. Chappell
Donna Chazen
Maureen Clarke
Carlyn Clause and Alexander L. Brainerd
Mr. Michael Colbruno
Mr. Jose María Condemi
Dr. James Cross and Mr. Charles Antonen
George and Susan Crow
Mr. Gerald F. Currier and Mr. Cleveland M. Smith
Peter and Jayne Davis
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Dean
Mr. Cesar L. De Joya, Jr.
MMs. Evamarie Doering and Mr. Robert Munday
Mr. Stephen Drewes
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dwelly
Dr. Ranveig N. Elvebakk and Mr. Thomas Farren
Roberta and Mark Emerson
Mary and Tom Foote
Mr. Thomas Foutch
Mario Fracchia
Barbara B. Friede
Joseph and Antonia Friedman
Ms. Magda Gabali
John L. Garfinkle
Ms. Pamela George
Elaine Gerstler and Booker Holton
Mrs. Rolf Gille
Dave Gomberg and Diana Lum
Beatrice and Paul Gomory
Ms. Tracy Grant and Ms. Mélanie Grant
Miss Ursula Grunfeld
Dr. and Mrs. John G. Gurley
James Heagy
Mr. David Hugle and Mr. Haggai Niv
Ms. Marian Huntoon
Dagmar L. Jamison
Ms. Joanie Juster
Mrs. Jeannie Kaufman
Ms. Jean Kellogg and Mr. Henry Tang
Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
Eiko Kikawada
Ms. Ludmila Kisseleva-Eggleton and Mr. Peter Eggleton
Ken Kolby
Ms. Barbara F. Kral
Barbara Graham Kreissler
Joan Shelbourne Kwansa
Ms. Olive Lawton
Mr. John Lee
Ms. Marcia Leonhardt
Bernice Lindstrom
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Betty Maddux
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Mardesich
Deborah Marion, Tax CPA, EA
Myron Marx and Cora Yang
Ms. Denise E. Mauldin
Chris McCrum
Bill Medigovich
Ms. Christine Miller
Robert B. Mison
D. G. Mitchell
Cathy and Howard Moreland
Ms. Camille Morishige
Ms. Thelma Morris
Mr. Albert L. Mosher
Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. O'Hanlon
Brenda Osborne
Ms. Frances Quittel
Mr. Glenn H. Reid
Mr. Robert Robertson
Dr. Andrew Rombakis
Peter and Bettina Rosenbladt
Ms. Louise A. Russell
Kenneth Ruta
Bob and Terri Ryan
Jeannie Sack and Jordan Sachs
Debra R. Schoenberg
Ms. Marilyn G. Seiberling
Jean A. Sherlin
Natalie O. Shuttleworth
David L. and Barbara G. Sloss
Ms. Sue Sommer
Nancy and Robert Soper
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Ms. Blanche Germain Streeter
Dr. Sam Thal
Miss Carol Tomlinson
James S. and Gayle G. Tunnell
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Victor
Mr. Albert J. Vizinho
Doug Von Qualen
Bruce and Fran Walker
Mrs. Barbara Wanvig
Mr. Kimberly M. Webb and Mr. Richard R. Rossi
Mr. Patrick Wilken and Mr. David Dickson
Ms. Ann L. Williamson
Susan York
Ms. Heather Young
Mrs. John A. Zderic
Stephen and Connie Zilles



Brian Asawa
Jim Brown
Zheng Cao
Lucy Carlund
Alexander D. Cross
Frances Escobar-Hosoya
Robert F. Ewing
Robert C. Greene
Joseph H. Harris and Margaret A. Harris
Janey Heagy
Raymond Kelly
Vivienne E. Miller
Milton Mosk
James Murad
Ron Nunan
Virginia Reyna
Henry W. Robinson and Nettie Robinson
Suzanne Turley
James Forrest Vedder
Cameron Waterman III


Jody Bourland
Jennifer and Chris Brahm
Barbara Bruser Clark
Michael Colbruno
Hugh Coughlin
Margaret Evans Dennis
Sheri Greenawald
Dale Hill
David Hugle and Haggai Niv
Jean Kellogg
Sylvia Lindsey
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Nancy Petrisko
Sunny Scott
Carol A. Weitz
Patrick Wilken


Merola Opera Program Endowment

Kurt Herbert Adler - Merola Endowment Fund
Amici di Merola Fund
The Anthony I. Balestrieri Endowment Fund
Richard J. Bartlett Memorial Fund
Jean E. Bennett, Jr. Fund
Blair Scholarship Fund
John S. Brooks Memorial Fund
Florence Bruce Fund
Bruser Family Fund
Carlton F. Bryan Fund
Betty Cable Fund
Zheng Cao Opera Fund
Cooper Endowment Fund
Darwin Memorial Fund
Reid and Peggy Dennis Endowment Fund
Grace A. Diem and Alice E. Siemons Endowment Fund
Oreste J. di Muro Endowment Fund
In Memory of Jean Donnell Fund
The Philip L. Eaton Endowment Fund
Querita Eybel Endowment Fund
Mr. and Mrs. A. Barlow Ferguson Endowment Fund
I. P. Patrick Gallagher Fund
Nicholas and Mary Ann Gannam Endowment Fund
L. Henry Garland Memorial Fund
Al Garren Fund
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Study Grant Support 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
David S. Hugle and Haggai Niv Endowment Fund
The Jacobs Family Trust
In Memory of Peter G. Kavantjas Endowment Fund
Drs. Phyllis A. Kempner and David D. Stein Endowment Fund
Leona Gordon Lowin Memorial Fund
Lotfi Mansouri Apprentice Director Fund
Sandra McCabe Fund
Meltzer Family Memorial Fund
Merola Members Endowment Fund
The Vivienne E. Miller Scholarship Fund
Albert L. Mosher and John E. McCormick AIDS Memorial Fund
Milton J. Mosk and Thomas E. Foutch Endowment Fund
Vija Hovgard Nadai Endowment Fund
Verna Osborne Fund
The Bernard Osher Foundation Career Grant Endowment
Mary A. Powell Career Grant Fund
In Honor of Leontyne Price Endowment Fund
Rusty and Mike Rolland Fund
Charles Rolle, M.D. Endowment Fund
Marie Louise Rosenberg Memorial Endowment Fund
Gerald B. Rosenstein Fund
Mary Roy Fund
Schick Memorial Fund
James H. Schwabacher, Jr. Fund
The Shenson Family Fund
Richard Strauss Endowment Fund
Margery Tede Endowment Fund
Blanche Thebom Trust Fund
Dickson Titus III Fund
Alma Brooks Walker Memorial Fund
Frank W. and Matilda O. Weymouth Living Trust Fund
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For more information on how you can support Merola Artists and Alumni with a gift, contact:

Tracy Grant

Director of Institutional & Individual Giving






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.
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