San Francisco Opera Guild has created a fund to honor the memory of Charlot Malin, who passed away on March 13, 2017. Charlot was a member of the Guild’s Board of Directors since 2005 and during that time served in numerous leadership capacities, including Spring Gala co-chair, Opera Ball co-chair, Vice President of Administration, Nominating Committee Chairman, Secretary and Director at Large. Most recently, she was President from 2014 to 2016.
Charlot was passionate about the Guild’s education programs and was a tireless fundraiser in support of them. It was her goal to make music, and specifically opera, part of everyone’s lives. She believed that San Francisco Opera Guild was important as a producer of excellent opera and classical music education programs for Bay Area students and teachers. She was committed to these mission-critical goals as well as to producing exceptional fundraising events to support those programs. As a native of Norway, where culture is considered a birthright, her first experience with Opera was at age 7, when her father’s aunt and cousin sang in AIDA at the Oslo Opera. AIDA inspired her to love opera, but igniting in children an interest in music was what inspired her to work so tirelessly to share this opportunity with students in the San Francisco community.
The Charlot D. Malin San Francisco Opera Guild Education Fund will be used to continue Charlot’s vision for the future of the Guild and the many students who benefit from our programs.