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Cellists David Requiro and Meta Weiss
Cellists David Requiro (1st Prize, 2006) and Meta Weiss (3rd Prize, 2009) perform at a Strings Attached event in October 2011. Photo by David Lyon.

California Music Center depends upon the generosity of individuals and foundations to produce the Klein Competition and its other programs. CMC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (tax ID 51-0138643), and gifts are tax-deductible in accordance with the law.

The community of CMC donors includes classical music enthusiasts, parents of Klein prizewinners, educators, adult amateur string players, and others who support the work that we do to nurture the careers of young musicians. We also maintain – and welcome additions to – a dedicated core of families and individuals that act as hosts for the Klein Semifinalists each June.

For those loyal supporters who want to make a legacy gift to CMC, please consider becoming a member of the Elaine Klein Society.

Financial contributors to CMC enjoy a variety of benefits listed below:


Friend $1 - $124

  • Recognition in the concert program
  • Donor $125 - $249
    Previous level benefits, plus:

    • Two Klein Competition t-shirts
    • Sponsor $250 - $499
      Previous level benefits, plus:

      • Invitation to one Strings Attached* event
      • Patron $500 - $999
        Previous level benefits, plus:

        • Invitation to all Strings Attached* events
        • Invitation to post-Finals reception at the Klein Competition
        • Benefactor $1,000 - $1,499
          Previous level benefits, plus:

          • Annual Klein prizewinners CD compilation
          • Reserved seating at the Klein Competition
          • Partner $1,500 +

            • Please contact us to discuss special benefits at this level
            • * Strings Attached is a series of casual musical events featuring past Klein Competition prizewinners and other luminaries from the world of string performance. Held in private homes throughout the Bay Area, these events are free to donors at the levels described above; tickets are not available for purchase.