Growing her historical support from the arts at UCLA, visual artist and philanthropist Elaine Krown Klein makes a $two million gift to determine the Leo M. Klein and Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies within the UCLA Plant Alpert School of Music’s department of music to recognition her late husband, Leo M. Klein.
The permanent endowed chair — the very first within the good reputation for the background music department — will support a distinguished faculty member who isn't only a proficient investigator and music performer but who also offers shown excellence in teaching and coaching students.
Additionally, the Klein chair will support live show, research, festivals, tracks, conferences, touring, multimedia collaborations along with other schoolwide initiatives that integrate performance and scholarship. It will raise the prestige of the program that's already worldwide significant and burnish the department’s status being an innovative center for that training from the thinking music performer.
This gift has special importance to Krown Klein.
“I desired to establish something in memory of my hubby, ” she stated. “Leo loved music a lot. Through the years, we loved many wonderful performances together in the school coupled with the truly amazing fortune to become uncovered to numerous music students of remarkable talent and promise. I figured creating an endowed chair to assist promote excellence in musical performance for many years could be a great way to remember him and celebrate our shared passion for music.”
Christopher Waterman, dean from the UCLA School from the Arts and Architecture, stated growing the amount of endowed chairs is among the school’s top focal points for UCLA’s Centennial Campaign. “Elaine’s generous gift may have an long lasting effect on the research and exercise of musical performance at UCLA, ” he stated. “I am so grateful to her on her ongoing investment later on in our school and our students.”
Krown Klein’s desire for philanthropy was captivated within the mid nineteen fifties when she became a member of The Affiliate marketers of UCLA, a college service group made up of prominent women from the la community. Once the group established students scholarship endowment fund, she rapidly grew to become an open advocate for that arts, encouraging broadened support for college students. Building about this commitment and enthusiasm, Elaine grew to become a loyal supporter from the School from the Arts and Architecture.
In 1986, she and her husband established The Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Scholarship Fund to supply financial support to students in most arts disciplines. In the last 27 years, Elaine’s scholarship has supported nearly 200 students.