Our 40th anniversary showcases alumni, faculty, and friends from across the decades in a year-long celebration. Filled with sublime performances, original commissions, and a new chamber music festival, the celebration culminates with a Hertz Hall concert and reunion at Crowden!

May 25, 2024

40th Anniversary Concert

Hertz Hall (101 Cross-Spraul Path, UC Berkeley)

An unforgettable showcase of Crowden alumni, mentors, and friends at Hertz Hall, including Bonnie Hampton, Audrey Vardanega, the Catalyst Quartet, and more. This program features perennial Crowden favorites paired with special moments, including a work composed by our greatest benefactor, composer Gordon Getty, and the world premiere of a 40th anniversary commission by alum Samuel Carl Adams ('00), performed by our Crowden School musicians and two acclaimed Crowden violinists: world-renowned concert artist and violin pedagogue Nora Chastain, a student of our founder Anne Crowden, and Crowden alumnus David McCarroll (’99), Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, formerly a member of the famed Vienna Piano Trio.

  • Nora Chastain and David McCarroll (’99) performing Samuel Adams premiere with an ensemble of Crowden faculty, alumni, and current students.
  • Catalyst Quartet (featuring alumna Karla Donehew Perez) performing a movement of Mendelssohn Octet with Crowden faculty and alumni, including violist Abigail Rojansky (‘03) of the Verona Quartet
  • Bonnie Hampton-led cello ensemble
  • Friction Quartet performing Carrot Revolution by alum Gabriella Smith
  • Alum Audrey Vardanega and violinist Ariana Kim performing Primavera Porteña from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Piazzolla
  • Gordon Getty composition TBA
  • Crowden faculty and alumni orchestra performing Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams (an Anne Crowden favorite)
  • Premiere of a John Adams Young Composers Program student composition, performed by The Crowden School Lower School Orchestra
May 26, 2024

40th Anniversary Reunion Brunch

Crowden Music Center (1475 Rose St., Berkeley)

Welcome! Whether you are a Crowden School alum (from the church basement or from Rose Street), an alum of any program, family of an alum, or faculty, staff, Board, or donor of Crowden at any point in the past 40 years, you are invited to attend.

Brunch will be served indoors and outdoors, music will be performed by faculty and alums, welcome addresses will open the day, a pop-up play-in will form for those interested, and time and space will be made for mingling, touring Crowden studios and classrooms, viewing Crowden memorabilia by decade, and snapping photos with old and new friends.

40th Anniversary Concert Honoree

Gordon Getty

Honorary Co-Chairs

John Adams and Bonnie Hampton

40th Anniversary Honorary Committee

Alexander String Quartet
Mason Bates
Jeremy Cohen
Deirdre Cooper
Paul Dresher
Gabriela Lena Frank
Jeremy Geffen
Wei He
Jake Heggie

Daniel Hope
Leila Josefowicz
Kronos Quartet
Ming Luke
Yo-Yo Ma
Susie Medak
John and Helen Meyer
Jonathan Moscone
Susan Muscarella

Evan Price
Garrick Ohlsson
Joshua Robison
Esa-Pekka Salonen
Frederica von Stade
David Stull
Telegraph Quartet
Michael Tilson Thomas
Mads Tolling
Joseph Young

Lead Sponsors

Shelby & Frederick Gans, Bruce Burnam

Sundays @ Four Concerts featuring illustrious Crowden alumni & faculty

Baumer String Quartet

September 17, 2023

40th Anniversary Launch Party!

Cellist Jay Campbell, Crowden School '03

Jay Campbell ('03), cello

November 12, 2023

Fry Street Quartet

Fry Street Quartet

March 3, 2024

Catalyst Quartet


April 21, 2024


Chamber Music Festival with the Alexander String Quartet

Crowden is proud to present our inaugural chamber music festival with longtime friends and mentors the Alexander String Quartet. 

February 17, 2024, 7pm

Faculty Concert: Alexander String Quartet

Attend the festival faculty concert featuring the incomparable Alexander String Quartet on Saturday, February 17, 7pm 

Program: Tarik O'Regan: Gradual; Leoš Janáček: String Quartet, No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata; Jean Sibelius: String Quartet, Op. 56 in D minor, Voces Intimate

Our History

Alumni Voices


World Premiere 40th Anniversary Commission

Our Anniversary commemorations officially began at this May's Crowden School Spring concert, where our inspiring young musicians and conductor Eugene Sor premiered our first 40th anniversary commission, Capybaraology by alum Gabriella Smith ('05, John Adams Young composers Program). Watch the riveting performance below!

June 2024

Cello Bash

How many celli fit into Hoefer Auditorium? Find out at our informal cello play-in!

Thank you to our 40th Anniversary media sponsor:

Our 40th anniversary continues with Fry Street Quartet!» Sunday, March 3
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