The Calder Performing Arts Organization (CPAO) is a nonprofit entity that seeks to expand the scope and reach of string quartet repertoire through the following means:

  • Presenting the spectrum of string quartet music to the public

  • Educating the public through performance, outreach and recordings

  • Mentoring the next generation of young composers and musicians

  • Commissioning and performing works by both young and established composers

  • Collaborating with composers and visionaries of other musical and artistic disciplines to further sustain the string quartet art form.

We at the CPAO are passionate about bringing new works to life and sharing our music with new audiences. Previous support of the Calder Performing Arts Organization has enabled us to reach out to children in the Los Angeles area and help to provide them with an experience with the arts that they otherwise might never receive. In order to fulfill this part of our mission, we have partnered with both Inner City Arts on Skid Row and the after school enrichment program, LA’s Best. We also work with high school composers through the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Young Musicians Composer Fellowship Program. We want to continue to do this work. For us to sustain – and even expand – our artistic programs and educational outreach, we need your help. We would be grateful for any donation you can give. Please click on the PayPal link below to give a one-time or recurring gift. Or you can send a check by mail to the address below.All donations to the CPAO are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to hear more about our programs and what your donation will do to make an impact.

The Calder Performing Arts Organization a 501(c)(3)
4750 Beloit Ave
Culver City, CA 90230

Board of Directors

Eric Byers, President
Jonathan Moerschel, Treasurer
Benjamin Jacobson, Secretary
Julia Hansen
Eryn Brown
Tim Blum


130 individual donors
The Colburn Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
The Capital Group
The American Music Center
The Copland Fund
Blum and Poe Gallery