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$260,000 Goal


Total Raised

Community Music Center's Virtual Spring Gala

Rise Above 

Presenting Sponsor, Diane B. Wilsey  

Honoring Ellen Magnin Newman, Marcus Shelby, and the late Robin Sutherland

with the

2021 Gertrude Field Community Impact Awards


Ellen NewmanMarcus Shelby

Ellen Magnin Newman

Marcus Shelby

Robin Sutherland

Robin Sutherland



Renel Brooks-Moon Greg Quiroga

Emcee, Renel Brooks-Moon


Auctioneer, Greg Quiroga

Honorary Chair, Sharon Seto

Honorary Chair, Sharon Seto

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Music is a right, not a privilege.

At CMC, we believe music education is for everyone and is a fundamental part of human life. From very beginners to the most advanced players - from the young to the young at heart - all are welcome to be a part of our community where we teach, share, and celebrate music from around the world.

Since 1921, CMC has provided access to music for all. Every year, nearly 3,600 students of all ages and backgrounds study at CMC. Last year, CMC offered $2.4 million in scholarship assistance, including nearly $700,000 in sliding-scale tuition discounts, to students of every age and ability.

For sponsorship recognition opportunities, beginning at $1,000, please contact Elenka Refsell at erefsell@sfcmc.org or 415-647-6015 x 178.

Honorary Committee

George and Marcia Argyris
Nancy and Joachim Bechtle
JD Beltran, San Francisco Arts Commission
London N. Breed
James J. Callahan, Piedmont Piano
Connie Chan
Assemblymember David Chiu
Sin-Tung Chiu
Yanek and Mary Chiu
Alisa Clancy, KCSM Radio
Janet Cluff
Ramón C. Cortines
Deborah Cullinan, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Tom DeCaigny
Jerome and Thao Dodson
Dagmar Dolby
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
Corty and Alf Fengler
Sakurako and William Fisher
Timothy and Virginia Foo
Doris Fukawa, Crowden Music Center
Marcia and John Goldman
Mario Guarneri
Jake Heggie
Dorka Keehn
Jean Kellogg, Merola Opera Program
Henry and Carole Klyce
Patricia Taylor Lee
Fred Levin
Lolly Lewis
Sharon L. Litsky and John F. Sampson
Linda Lucero, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Rafael Mandelman
Fritz and Beverly Maytag
Myrna Melgar
Peter Mintun
Jonathan Moscone, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Garrick Ohlsson and Bob Guter
Aaron Peskin
Dean Preston
Helen Hilton Raiser
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock
Hillary Ronen
David Seto
Steve Shapiro and Ellen Rosenthal
Matthew Shilvock, San Francisco Opera
Camilla and George Smith
Melanie Smith, San Francisco Performances
Mary and Steven Swig
Roselyne Chroman Swig
Yuan Yuan Tan
Michael Tilson Thomas and Joshua Robison
Shamann Walton
Diane B. Wilsey

Thank you to our sponsors! 

$25,000 Presenting Sponsor
Diane B. Wilsey


Sakurako and William Fisher

John and Marcia Goldman

Ambassador James C. Hormel and Michael P.N. Hormel

Fred Levin, The Shenson Foundation

Mary and Steven Swig


Lucia Bogatay

Katherine and Roy Bukstein

Sin-Tung Chiu

Jerome and Thao Dodson

Timothy and Virginia Foo

Duncan Haberly and Jenn Sharp 

Henry and Carole Klyce

Camilla and George Smith


Julia Cheng

Stephen Gerard and Trudy Lionel

Barbara Kosnar and Tom Goldman

Ann K. Ludwig

Carolyn and James Squeri

Roselyne Chroman Swig

Jessica Wan and John DeNero 


Janet Cluff

Dagmar Dolby

Catharine and John Kalin

Peter Mintun

Rebecca Perez

Helen Hilton Raiser

Roland Feller Violin Makers

Rusty Sealy

Sharon and David Seto

Diana Whitehead

Frances Petrocelli Wilson


20/20 Productions Inc.

Papapietro Perry Winery

Join us on Saturday, March 20th, as we celebrate the power of music to lift us up.


We invite you to Community Music Center's virtual spring gala, an evening of music and celebration to benefit CMC's tuition assistance programs.

Pre-gala festivities begin at 5 pm with a special VIP reception featuring CMC's longtime friends, the Alexander String Quartet.

Renel Brooks-Moon will emcee the main event, beginning at 6 pm. The program will feature performances by CMC's remarkable students and faculty, an exciting live auction, and a fund-a-need supporting CMC's mission of providing access to music for all.

This year we are proud to present CMC's annual Gertrude Field Community Impact Award to three San Francisco icons: Ellen Magnin Newman, Marcus Shelby, and the late Robin Sutherland. Each awardee has shown a deep dedication to the wider Bay Area arts community and to our beloved CMC. Ms. Field founded Community Music Center in 1921 with the idea that music is a force for good in the world, and that no one should be excluded from participating in a full music education. With her vision, CMC has served tens of thousands of students and remains dedicated to her mission of providing music education to all.

All proceeds support CMC's mission to make high-quality music education accessible to all people, regardless of financial means.

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