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Kronos Performing Arts Association

The Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. The mission of Kronos is to continually re-imagine the string quartet experience. Kronos fulfills its mission through commissioning, performing, presenting, recording and publishing contemporary music, and collaborating with, mentoring and encouraging other artists.

KPAA commissions about a dozen new works each season. Kronos performs more than 75 concerts a year, touring for 22 weeks to an average of 15 countries and 15 domestic states annually. Performances often include educational activities in conjunction with the San Francisco Bay Area home season and touring engagements in both rural communities as well as large urban centers. KPAA continually strives to reach, challenge, and expand audiences that rarely have the opportunity to attend performances of contemporary music. Kronos/KPAA also maintains a commitment to education by participating in concert discussions, benefit performances, classroom visits, open rehearsals, master classes, coaching sessions, and performances in schools which reach diverse age groups ranging from elementary school aged students through young professional musicians.

KPAA has a management office in San Francisco with a staff of eleven. The staff handles all of Kronos' business, such as career management, recordings, artistic planning, booking, promotion, production, and fund raising. The organization is funded by individuals, foundations, and government sources, including: National Endowment for the Arts; Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; The James Irvine Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; American Express; The Aaron Copland Fund for Music; Arts Council of Ireland; Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund; Chamber Music America and others.

To donate to the Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association and help to commission composers and perform new work, click here.

Staff List

  • Janet Cowperthwaite Managing Director
  • Mason Dille Development Manager
  • Dana Dizon Business Operations Manager
  • Sarah Donahue Production Operations Manager
  • Lauren Frankel Development Associate
  • Scott Fraser Senior Sound Designer
  • Sasha Hnatkovich Communications Manager
  • Sara Langlands Community Engagement and Festival Manager
  • Reshena Liao Strategic Initiatives Project Manager
  • Nikolás Ixyar McConnie-Saad Office Manager
  • Kären Nagy Strategic Initiatives Director


  • Cindy Michael Accountant
  • Brian Mohr Sound Designer and Technical Manager
  • Alexandra Quinn Grant Writer
  • Brian Scott Lighting Designer

Board of Directors

  • Andrea A. Lunsford, PhD Chair
  • Sumiko Ito Allison
  • Wallace Chappell
  • Janet Cowperthwaite
  • Hank Dutt
  • Andrew Fogg
  • Kenneth Foster
  • Jeanne Giordano
  • Robert E. Gordon
  • David Harrington
  • Derek Lance
  • Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA
  • Drew McCalley
  • Greg G. Minshall
  • Elisabeth Morten
  • Christine O’Connor
  • Marjorie M. Randolph
  • Sara Sackner
  • John Sherba
  • Curtis Smith Immediate Past Chair
  • Priscilla Stoyanof
  • Alice Wingwall
  • Kirsten Wolff
  • Sunny Yang

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