The Spieker Center for the Performing Arts

The Spieker Center for the Performing Arts will be the new home for Music@Menlo, situated at the heart of the Menlo School campus. For the first time, we will have reliable access to a first-rate venue for presenting concerts year-round.

The Spieker Center will be the Peninsula’s premier chamber music venue, creating a cultural center for the entire community. Construction recently began on the Menlo School campus, and progress is underway towards building the performance venue we have long needed, to allow both young talent to flourish and audiences to enjoy the best artistic experiences possible. You can make this dream a reality by making a gift today.

For details on supporting this important project and available naming opportunities, please contact Lee Ramsey at 650-330-2133 or


2019 Volunteer Sign Up

Annual Fund

Your Support Makes a Difference—Thank You!

Contributions from individuals like you make it possible for Music@Menlo to bring innovative and immersive programming performed by some of the world’s leading chamber musicians to the San Francisco Peninsula. Gifts to Music@Menlo support the following:

  • Presenting live chamber music performances of the highest artistic quality
  • Shaping the future of the art form by mentoring and training the next generation
  • Providing extensive opportunities for audience engagement with the music and musicians at free, open-access Institute programs, including master classes, Café Conversations, and Institute performances

By becoming a Member with a gift to the Annual Fund or Winter Series, you will also enjoy many benefits that give you additional ways to connect more intimately with the festival’s music, artists, students, and community. Learn more about Music@Menlo’s membership benefits.»


There are two important ways to support Music@Menlo’s mission:

  1. Become a Member by making a gift to the Annual Fund.
  2. Support the Music@Menlo Fund: Initially funded by the Tenth-Anniversary Campaign, the Music@Menlo Fund holds board-designated funds to support Music@Menlo’s long-term financial health and for board-designated special projects. Please contact us to learn more about making a special gift or pledge to the Music@Menlo Fund and to learn about special recognition opportunities.

Make a Gift Today

  • Phone: Please call 650-330-2141. Music@Menlo accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
  • Mail: Send a check made payable to “Menlo School: Music@Menlo” to Music@Menlo, 50 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton, CA 94027.

Gifts to Music@Menlo are 100 percent tax deductible as allowed by law. Music@Menlo is a self-supporting program of Menlo School, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization.

Other Ways to Give

Planned Gifts
Join the Isaac Stern Circle by including Music@Menlo in your estate plans. Planned commitments of support help champion the future of chamber music education and performance. Please speak with us about your specific interests and wishes. Music@Menlo offers many planned-giving options through Menlo School. Please visit the school’s website to learn more, contact Elizabeth Hansen at 650-330-2141, and talk to your estate planning advisor.

Gifts of Securities
A gift of appreciated stock may offer valuable tax benefits. Please contact your financial advisor for more information.
Employer Matching Gifts
Many local companies (including Google, IBM, Yahoo, Adobe, Oracle, and more) will match the charitable donations of their employees (and sometimes retirees), allowing you to double or triple the impact of your gift. Contact your employer’s human resources department to find out more. Music@Menlo is an eligible 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization.

Corporate Partnerships
The festival will have major expenses in the areas of wine, catering, air travel, lodging, and transportation. While significantly reducing our operating costs, partnerships can also offer promotional opportunities for your business. Learn more about the benefits of joining Music@Menlo as a Corporate Sponsor.»

In-Kind Gifts
Music@Menlo appreciates in-kind gifts of wine, catering, party decorations, Apple iPads and iPhones, and other items that help offset operations expenses. Please contact the development team to learn more about donating in-kind gifts.

A strong team of friendly, enthusiastic, and hardworking volunteers is always needed to help the festival run smoothly. Learn more.»

Host an Artist
This season, approximately sixty musicians will teach and perform at Music@Menlo, each staying anywhere from three days to four weeks. The festival is committed to housing musicians in private homes. This arrangement is a wonderful way for the local community to connect with world-class artists. If you can offer comfortable, semiprivate quarters with a private bath, you not only will be helping the festival but also will be forming new friendships. Get more information about hosting an artist in your home.»

To learn more, please call 650-330-2133 or email


Music@Menlo is made possible by a leadership grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Additional support is provided by US Trust, Koret Foundation Funds, and the many individuals and organizations that share the festival’s vision.


Young Patrons Society

Your support through the Young Patrons Society will help to fund over fifty events during Music@Menlo’s summer festival, underwrite free programming including afternoon concerts and open coachings, and provide a world-class educational experience for the young and emerging artists of the Chamber Music Institute. Your support also enables Music@Menlo to provide year-round activities including classroom and community engagement.

The Young Patrons Society Membership Levels

Young Patron ($250)

Membership includes the following:

  • Complimentary beverage coupons to be used at intermission
  • Bring-a-friend discount: save 10 percent on three or more tickets to the same concert
    Join the Young Patrons Circle

Leadership Circle ($1,000)

Membership includes the following:

  • Complimentary beverage coupons to be used at intermission
  • Discounted tickets for the Fête the Festival celebration
  • Bring-a-friend discount: save 15 percent on three or more tickets to the same concert
  • Exclusive invitation to a dinner party for you and three guests during the summer festival
    Join the Leadership Circle

For more information, please contact Lee Ramsey, Development Director, at or 650-330-2133.

2018 Volunteer Sign Up

Simple Ways to Leave Your Legacy

Remembering Music@Menlo with a bequest from your estate will help sustain and strengthen the festival and institute for years to come, while retaining control of and use of your assets during your lifetime.

A bequest is a simple way to make a gift from your estate—a transfer of cash, securities, or other property made through your estate plans. You may make a bequest by including language in your will or trust leaving a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or the residual of the estate after you have made bequests to your family. Bequests to Music@Menlo may reduce your estate taxes.

Sample Bequest Language To Review With Your Attorney
“I, [name], of [city, state, zip], give, devise, and bequeath [written amount or percentage of estate] to Music@Menlo, a program of the Menlo School (tax ID # 94-3204137), located at 50 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton, California, 94027, to support general operations.”

Estate Plan Gifts
A gift of your retirement plan or life insurance policy can be made by designating Music@Menlo as a beneficiary. To do so, contact your retirement plan administrator or life insurance company and complete the appropriate beneficiary designation form.

Gifts That Pay You Income

A life income gift provides you and/or your family with income for a period of time before giving assets to Music@Menlo. You may make a life income gift by transferring securities, cash, or other property to Music@Menlo or a trustee. There are several kinds of life income gifts you may wish to consider:

Charitable Gift Annuities
Charitable gift annuities allow you to make a significant gift to benefit Music@Menlo while receiving fixed payments to you and/or your family for life, regardless of the economic climate. A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract. When the contract ends, the remainder is used to support the work of the Festival and Institute.

Charitable Remainder Trusts
This trust provides either fixed or variable annual payments for you and/or your family for life and/or a term of years. This trust provides tax benefits and at the end of the term, the remainder of the trust assets go to Music@Menlo for the purposes you designate.

Pooled Income Funds
Your gift goes into an investment pool that functions like a mutual fund. Investment returns are paid to you and/or your family for life, after which your gift is withdrawn and used to support your designated purpose at Music@Menlo.

Gifts You Make Today

Charitable Lead Trusts
A charitable lead trust makes annual income tax-deductible gifts to Music@Menlo for a period of years, and at the end of the term, the remaining assets go to your family or other beneficiaries.

Assets to Give

Whether you are making an outright gift or a planned gift, Music@Menlo welcomes many types of assets. Options include cash, publicly traded securities, non-publicly traded assets, real estate, retirement plans, life insurance policies, gifts in kind such as personal property, and other possibilities.

For more information on the Isaac Stern Circle or to become a Member, please contact Edward P. Sweeney, Executive Director, at or 650-330-2138.

Music@Menlo and Menlo School are not engaged in rendering legal, financial or tax advice. Charitable giving has complexities that cannot be adequately detailed in brief descriptions. Individual personal situations may vary. Please contact your financial or legal advisor.

The Isaac Stern Circle

Violinist Isaac Stern was an extraordinary musician, arts advocate, and humanitarian. His contributions to the performing arts – including advocacy roles with Carnegie Hall and the National Endowment for the Arts – created a lasting legacy that continues to be celebrated to this day.

In the spirit of Isaac Stern, we invite you to join a group of visionary individuals by including Music@Menlo in your estate plans. Adding Music@Menlo to your will or revocable trust is easy to arrange – You can find sample bequest language here.

For information on different ways to leave your legacy, click here.

As a Member of the Isaac Stern Circle, you will enjoy the greatest benefit possible – knowing that your spirit of philanthropy will have a profound and lasting impact on Music@Menlo – and will inspire many others who share your vision for Music@Menlo’s future.

Membership does not involve annual dues or any major commitment of time, though Circle Members will receive:

• Recognition each summer in the Music@Menlo Festival Program Book
• Special invitations to Members-only events from time to time

Letting us know that you would like to become a Member (or have already included Music@Menlo in your estate plans) allows us to thank you and recognize your kindness and generosity year after year.

For more information on the Isaac Stern Circle or to become a Member, please contact Lee Ramsey, Development Director, at or 650-330-2133.

2017 Festival Season Preview

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2015 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

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2014 Annual Report