Launch Party


Join us on Sunday, October 14 from 4-6 p.m.

as we launch this beautiful new venture

at the stunning Julia Morgan-designed

historic Seldon Williams house.

Here’s the link to the invitation (and tickets), with lots of other good information.

Come hear fabulous musicians:

Enjoy gourmet eats, boutique cocktails (and mocktails) and delicious wines.

Check out our auction catalog:

Live auction: 5:00 pm

Amazing Jamaican Getaway  

Escape to this beautiful beach-y home on the south side of Jamaica. Walking distance from the beach, this four-bedroom, four bath home could be yours for five nights!  Available after January 2019. Blackout dates: December 15-30, 2019

Market value: $3000

Jamaica House

Day cruise for four on the Bay in a beautiful Grand Banks 36′ 

Arrive at the dock in Sausalito at 11:00 AM.  We will cruise out the Golden Gate and depending on the weather and interest, can go farther out the Gate (e.g. Point Bonita or Cliff House) to look for marine mammals.  We will enjoy a leisurely gourmet lunch onboard and will finish the afternoon by going past Alcatraz and around Angel Island.  
We’ll be back at the dock around 3:00, in time for snacks and cocktails. The cruise can be on a Saturday or Sunday, on a mutually agreed-upon date.  The cruise must be taken before September 31, 2019.  The exact route of our cruise will be determined by the weather and interest of the passengers.
Information about the owners/hosts:  Shing Kong and Joanne Bowsman have owned their 36’ Grand Banks “SF Joe” for 11 years.  They cruise around the SF Bay most every weekend, usually with friends onboard and their dog, Pepper.  
Value: Cruising the Bay for a day? Priceless! Bidding starts at $200.




Gourmet dinner for four by local star chef Collin Doran of Homemade Cafe 

Gather some friends and enjoy an incredible meal (including wine pairings)! Chef Doran has run Homemade Cafe since 2011, and has recently started offering monthly “pop-up” dinner events. Host your own intimate and delicious dinner with this celebrated local chef!

Value: $400 (if you could buy this anywhere but here…)

photo credit: Cirrus Wood

Instant Wine Cellar! A hand-selected case of fabulous wine to kick-start (or replenish) your wine collection. (details coming soon!)

Fund-a-need: help us get the spaces ready for fabulous performances, teaching and learning!

  • Replace the 1960’s orange carpeting! (bidding starts at $300)
  • Sound board for state-of-the-art sound system (bidding starts at $200)
  • Name a practice room – your name, or something clever…and all-ages appropriate (bidding starts at $500)

Silent Auction: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Private vocal lesson with Karma Rains (value: $70)

Hear her sing at the event, and you’ll know why you want her for your voice teacher!

Karma says: “Why do I teach? #1 To EMPOWER people who never thought they could sing or think that their voices suck. That’s like saying that your hands suck because no one ever told you how to write with a pen.  #2 I love to HELP singers take their songs to the next level, recover their “lost notes” or get rid of hoarseness.”

Theater tickets to Shotgun Players (value: $70) 

Two tickets to any 2018 or 2019 show (except January 2019). Shotgun Players is a company of artists determined to create bold, relevant, affordable theatre that inspires and challenges audience and artist alike to re-examine our lives, our community, and the ever-changing world around us.

Private House Concert with Isaac Pastor-Chermak (cello) and Alison Lee (piano) (value: $750) 

(Note: this item requires access to a baby grand or larger piano. If you don’t have one in your living room, we’ll lend you ours – the hall at St. Alban’s, including kitchen access)

About the artists: 

Isaac Pastor-Chermak leads a diverse and active musical life at home in Northern California and around the United States. He is Principal Cellist of Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony; Associate Principal Cellist of Stockton Symphony; and a member of Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Dayton Philharmonic.  Mr. Pastor-Chermak is in constant demand as a soloist and recital artist.

Alison Lee has participated in music festivals including Pianofest in the Hamptons, The Banff Centre’s Piano Master Class, and the Aspen Music Festival. She was a winner of competitions sponsored by the Pacific Musical Society, Ohio Music Teachers’ Association and Berkeley Piano Club, and was also a member of California MTAC’s Young Artist Guild. Passionate about collaborating with other musicians, Lee is an active chamber musician and duo pianist.

“Homeworks” Consultation with Classroom Matters (value: $350)

So often we hear from students that they struggle to get started on their work, or stay focused or manage their time effectively – sometimes all three! They confess/admit to being disorganized, unproductive and distracted by “everything.”

Most of these students have not taken a critical look at their study environment. They do not have the scaffolding they need to work productively.

Classroom Matters’ HomeWorks to the rescue! We come into your home, into your student’s room, evaluate the environment, and then show your child (and you!) how to create and maintain a productive study environment at home. Drawing from our successful Supervised Study™ program, we teach them proven strategies for managing their time and workload.

Custom-made Necklace by David Hansen of David Hansen Jewelers, Albany            (Value: $2500)

(Photo coming soon!) This beautiful necklace is sterling silver, set with orange garnets, labradorite, druze.

Pavé Jewelers Gift Certificate ($300)

Pavé Fine Jewelry Design has been the East Bay Area’s premier destination for custom jewelry and unique designs since 1983.

Juanita and Maude Gift Certificate

Enjoy dinner from Juanita & Maude, a neighborhood bar and intimate restaurant featuring Chef Scott Eastman’s personal take on American Cuisine. His refined comfort food is paired with craft cocktails and a diverse, exciting wine list. 

Fund a grant-writer!

Help us kick-start program funds for Calliope by purchasing an hour (or more) of time for a professional to write the pretty and persuasive words to bring in the bacon!

No competition here: everyone wins! $53 a pop.


Gourmet tea collection from Highwire Coffee and 4Track Tea (value: $50) 

Enjoy a collection of tea from 4Track tea. 4Track is a brand founded by Rich Avella of Highwire Coffee. Rich is a huge music fan and named all of our teas after songs.

Gift Certificate from Sagrada Sacred Arts (value $25)

Located in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, Sagrada is a purveyor of unique spiritual goods, meditation supplies, devotional arts and crafts, and books celebrating all spiritual traditions.

Two tickets to the Third Sunday Concert Series event of your choice (value: $40-$50)

Come enjoy one of the East Bay’s best kept secrets: world-caliber musicians performing in the beautiful, intimate setting of the hall at St. Alban’s. Upcoming shows range from wind octet to baroque to jazz, and more!

More items coming soon!