Friends of Music

Our Mission

The purpose of this organization is to enhance educational opportunities for students studying music in the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance 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

The 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

Betsy Davenport

Dr. Peter A. McAllister*, Dean
    College of Arts & Letters

  Alan Bloom
    Vice President  

Dr. John M. Kennedy*, 

    Special Assistant to the Dean

    College of Arts and Letters

Ken Ryan

Hailey Morris*, Director of Development

    College of Arts and Letters

Linda Trevillian
    Recording Secretary

Ellen King Kravitz*, Founder  
    Friends of Music

  Scott Breivold
    Corresponding Secretary


  Olga Walden
    Past President 

ex officio