Two new scholarships endowed in honor of longtime supporter Linda Blacketer

August 18, 2022

The Linda Blacketer Memorial Scholarships honor the life of longtime Community Music Center friend and supporter Linda Blacketer.

Dan Dodt, Linda’s loving husband, served on CMC’s board from 1995-2005 and was a fan-favorite scholarship auctioneer at our annual spring gala for many years. Linda joined Dan at the event each year and delighted in seeing the CMC Children’s Chorus perform onstage.

Linda was committed to serving CMC’s students, especially the young people who depended on our free programs and sliding-scale tuition to have access to lessons. CMC’s consistency in its dedication to the community spoke to Linda’s generous spirit and inspired her and Dan to donate yearly for three decades.

Linda and Dan had initially intended to leave CMC a significant gift as part of their estate plans, but when Linda passed away in 2021, Dan realized that seeing the impact of that gift in his lifetime would be an incredible tribute to Linda and her love of CMC, and making the gift during CMC’s Centennial Year could inspire broader financial support for CMC’s mission during this once-in-a-lifetime moment in the organization’s history.

Dan worked with CMC’s Development and Program teams to endow two new permanent scholarships, one for voice students and one for instrumental students, ensuring that more students would have access to lessons into the future without having to worry about whether their funding would be renewed.

How to contribute
If you would like to contribute to the Linda Blacketer Memorial Scholarship Fund, you can do so online (please select “Memorial Scholarship” as the designation and either list Linda Blacketer Memorial Scholarships in the comment section or check “Dedicate my donation in honor or memory of someone” and enter Linda’s name as the honoree) or by mail:

Please write a check to “Community Music Center” and state in the memo “Linda Blacketer Memorial Scholarships.”

Mail to:
Community Music Center
Development Office
544 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

About the Linda Blacketer Memorial Scholarships
Each year CMC awards the Linda Blacketer Memorial Scholarships to one voice student and one instrumental student. CMC faculty members nominate hard-working and passionate students to audition during our May juries. A panel of faculty and program staff adjudicate the juries and award scholarships considering both musical growth and financial need.

A CMC Merit Scholarship provides a full year of private lessons at CMC. The Linda Blacketer Memorial Scholarships were two of five newly endowed scholarships inaugurated in the 2022-2023 school year and are among the 39 merit scholarships awarded each year.