The Music Guild is one of the oldest, continuous classical music producers west of the Mississippi.
Today we produce:
* 24 concerts each year in the Los Angeles, California, neighborhoods of Brentwood, Long Beach and North Hollywood, featuring world renown ensembles and the best new ensembles.
* 30 free concerts in elementary schools, Alzheimer residences and Veterans' facilities throughout Los Angeles.
* Master classes for advanced students at Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Long Beach and The Colburn School in Los Angeles.
* Kids playing for Kids concerts.
* We provide musical instruments to students who are interested in pursuing music studies.
* Our Piano Adoption Program has provided over 400 free instruments to educators.
Executive and Artistic Director
1985 - Present
1952 - 1985
Founder / Manager
1944 - 1952
“Some of the best music groups in the world visit the Southland under the auspices of The Music Guild.”
Music Critic of the L.A. Times
The Music Guild, in its eighth decade of introducing world renowned artists to Los Angeles audiences, has an international reputation for showcasing chamber music in Los Angeles. The Music Guild began after World War II with a handful of concerts annually at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. Today, The Music Guild is one of the largest classical music concert presenters in the West.
Originally a musical series providing comfort for Eastern European émigrés, The Music Guild has become a major classical music supplier to Los Angeles schools as the first nonprofit chamber music organization to both produce concerts for and provide instruments to inner-city grammar schools and several Los Angeles area magnet and charter schools, and schools for learning challenged and autistic students.
The world’s most famous ensembles, including the Juilliard String Quartet, the Budapest String Quartet, the Guarneri String Quartet, the Paganini String Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Henschel String Quartet, were given their first opportunities to perform in Los Angeles by The Music Guild. The Music Guild presents 18 evening concerts in the fall/winter season at three locations: University Synagogue in Brentwood; Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall at Cal State Long Beach in association with the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music; and Adat Ari El Temple in North Hollywood. For people who prefer their concert experience during daylight hours, including seniors and children. The Music Guild offers SummerFest, six Sunday afternoon programs at the University Synagogue in Brentwood each summer.
To expand it’s audiences, in 2015, The Music Guild presented its first concert featuring a vocalist performing operatic aria selections as part of SummerFest 15.
“Along with the Philharmonic, The Music Guild, our longtime purveyor of first-rank ensembles, may be the closest this community gets to having a musical core. Attending a Music Guild event . . . one often feels in the center of things; interesting music is made there; important musicians perform there. The loyal and dedicated Music Guild audience recognizes the distinctions.”
Music Editor of Los Angeles Times
“The Music Guild deserves a medal for presenting the finest in chamber music year after year. Their performances feature some of the world’s top ensembles, and in terms of quality, invariably produce the best music.”
Musical Notes columnist
Long Beach Gazette
"Having seen some of its recent presentations of repertoire played at its premier level by sparkling chamber musicians, including the Borromeo and Avalon String Quartets,
it seems unthinkable that
The Music Guild is not a household name.
Stage and Cinema
"Students often go into survival mode where all they care about is make it to the following week without disappointing their teacher or failing a class. But it's funny how it works - the ones who come to The Music Guild concerts are also the ones who are on top of their game in every other way."
Director of String Studies
Bob Cole Conservatory, CSULB
Los Angeles retired attorney, Eugene Golden, took over the reigns of The Music Guild in 1985 when Dorothy Huttenback became ill. Since then, he expanded the number of annual concerts from five in one venue to 24 in four venues and 30 student concerts and established a fund-raising program to acquire student-sized instruments for children. In 1981, he joined with the LA Philharmonic to form the LA Philharmonic Chamber Music Society.
In 1990, at the request of the U. S. Information Agency (USIA) in Russia, Mr. Golden flew to Moscow with 10 other representatives of U. S. arts organizations to participate in a seminar sponsored by the Russian Ministry of Culture to assist Russian arts organizations to operate more efficiently. In 1991, the USIA again requested Mr. Golden to host 10 Mexican conductors and composers at a conference of the American Symphony Orchestra League. He convinced them to and assisted them in forming their own Association of Mexican Symphony Orchestras and represented them in the formation of the International Alliance of Orchestra Associations in Winnipeg, Canada and at conferences of the Association of British Orchestras in England. In St. Louis, he renovated and developed the historic Sheldon Concert Hall into a performing arts center.
Mr. Golden arranged for national broadcasts of The Music Guild concerts on NPR and joined with actor Philip Sterling to present classical music and commentary on KCSN. During the summer months, Mr. Golden has acted as Artistic Adviser at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater.