Friends of Music

About Us

Our Mission

The purpose of this organization is to enhance educational opportunities for students in the
Department of Music at California State University, Los Angeles. Specific objectives include:  

~ Raising funds for music scholarships.

~ Providing performance opportunities.

~ Encouraging and recruiting talented musicians.

~ Enhancing public awareness and understanding of the performing arts at  
   Cal State LA.

Our History

Friends of Music was founded in 1976 by Professor of Music Dr. Ellen King Kravitz. With help from other dedicated music enthusiasts an organization was created to assist talented musicians currently enrolled in the music program at Cal State LA. Initially, Dr. Kravitz and her husband, Hilard L. Kravitz, M.D., hosted several social events designed to build a base of support. Today, the Friends of Music organization has grown to include hundreds of members and a governing board of directors.


The Current Board of Directors

  Sara Graef

  Theordore Bell
    Vice President 

  Ken Ryan

  Linda Trevillian
    Recording Secretary

  Scott Breivold
    Corresponding Secretary 

  Olga Walden
    Past President 


  Peter McAllister, Dean,
    College of Arts & Letters

John Kennedy, Chair
    Department of Music

  Maria Magolske, Senior Director
    of Foundation Relations

   Ellen King Kravitz, Founder  
    Friends of Music

Honorary Members

 Dr. James M. Rosser,   
   President, CSU Los Angeles

 Karan Armstrong
 Elmer Bernstein
 Nadine Conner
 Mary Costa
 Mary Levin Cutler

 Frank De Vol
 Michael Feinstein
 Carlo Maria Giulini
 Johana Harris
 Ellis B. Kohs
 Zubin Mehta

 Patricia Morison
 Susann McDonald
 Carol Neblett
 Leonard Pennario
 Narayan K. Uchigaki
 Andre Watts

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