Who We Are

Michael Shinn and Jessica Chow Shinn | Co-Founders and Artistic Directors

pianoSonoma Who We AreAs the pianoSonoma Duo and as Yamaha Artists, pianists Jessica and Michael Shinn perform regularly throughout the United States. They are both on the faculty at The Juilliard School and are the co-founders and Artistic Directors of the pianoSonoma Music Festival. They have been invited to speak about the role of the arts in society and to perform at the Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival. Passionate advocates of new music, Jessica and Michael have given world premieres by composers such as Adam Schoenberg and Thomas Cabaniss. They recently commissioned a new two-piano concerto by Cabaniss, which the duo premiered with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in April of 2017.


Michael Shinn

­Pianist Michael Shinn’s diverse career in music reflects his deep passion for performance, education, and entrepreneurship in the arts. Michael is Chair of Keyboard Studies at The Juilliard School, where he teaches piano, chamber music, piano pedagogy, and keyboard skills for both pianists and conductors, and courses in analysis for performers. Michael is also on the piano faculty of Juilliard’s Evening Division, leading masterclass-style courses for adult musicians. Learn more about Michael.


Jessica Chow Shinn

Pianist Jessica Chow Shinn is a Juilliard faculty member and has been a musicianship coach in the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program. Her concert engagements include recitals in Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan, Steinway Hall in New York City, and Salle Cortot in Paris.  Learn more about Jessica.


Rami Kim | Director of Operations

Rami Kim is a highly sought after pianist and longtime Sonoma County resident. She started her musical training as a young child, and later went on to attend Concordia University and Sonoma State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance. There, she studied with Marilyn Thompson and was invited to play for many concerts and events for the music department and with the development of the Green Music Center. Since graduating, she has received her MBA in Music Business from Southern New Hampshire University, has continued working as a freelance musician, and has embarked on a successful career as an Arts Administrator, working with such prestigious organizations as pianoSonoma, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Chamber Music San Francisco, and Lesher Center for the Arts.


Anthony Barfield and Velocity Music | Media and Videography

DSC_3257ANTHONY BARFIELD is a Composer and Educator based in New York City. Known for his lyrical writing style, his compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. Anthony has received commissions from groups such as The University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble and Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut at the 2012 New York Wind Band Festival where his work “Here We Rest” was performed.  In demand as a composer in residence, Mr. Barfield has had performances at College Bandmasters National Association and has worked with groups such as The University of Scranton Singers, Manhattan School of Music Brass Ensemble. Anthony released his first composition album in the fall of 2013 titled “Chapter II” with The University of Alabama Wind Ensemble. Anthony studied composition with C.P. First, Avner Dorman, Thomas Cabaniss, and Nils Vigeland.

As a former trombonist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club, Alice Tully Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Anthony has served as a Teaching Artist for Grammy-award-winning producer Phil Ramone’s Children’s Orchestra and with a member of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia.  He has performed with The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon and Friends, Alabama Symphony, Mobile Symphony, and Park Avenue Chamber Symphony.

As a trombonist Mr. Barfield can be heard on recordings including Dvorak Symphony No. 7 & 8-Malaysian Philharmonic, Donnie McClurkin’s We Are All One (Live), Demondrae Thurman’s Soliloquies with the University Of Alabama Wind Ensemble, Lisa McClendon’s Live at The House of Blues and others. His primary trombone instructors include Joseph Alessi, Dr. Per Brevig, Jay Evans and Dan Drill.

He holds degrees in trombone performance from The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.

Jihea Hong-Park | Faculty member | Juilliard program

Jihea_image002    Pianist Jihea Hong-Park performs regularly as recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician in cities throughout the United States and abroad. She has been featured at major venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital and Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Bar Harbor Music Festival, Caramoor Festival, Korea’s Incheon Performing Arts Center, Yun I-Sang Concert Hall, Japan’s Komae Ecorma Hall and Niigata Performing Arts Center among others. She has also appeared as guest artist and lecturer at universities and colleges in Asia, Europe, and the United States including Tokyo College of Music, Niigata University, Cambridge University, The Juilliard School, Columbia University, Montclair State University, Rutgers University, and Bringham Young University to name a few.

Ms. Hong-Park is an active participant in community outreach throughout the New York City metropolitan area as well as her native Korea, and has organized and established numerous community concert residencies and projects to raise funds for non-profit organizations and bring arts to underserved communities. In recognition of her leadership in music and music education, she was featured in various interviews and documentaries in Korea’s Educational Broadcasting System network. Ms. Hong-Park received her B.M. and M.M. degrees at The Juilliard School. Upon her master’s graduation in 2003, she received the school’s highest award, William Schuman Prize for her exceptional achievement, leadership and service in music. Ms. Hong-Park is currently a doctoral candidate in the Music and Music Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is presently on faculty at The Juilliard School’s Evening Division and the New York Philharmonic as well as a co-founding member of the Ardelia Trio.

Barbara Shinn | Faculty member | California program

Barbara Shinn headshotBarbara Shinn is a member of the music faculty of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where she directs the class piano program and teaches piano, theory and aural skills. She also maintains a private piano studio in her home in which she teaches pre-college and adult students.

Awarded the Alabama Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year Award in 2006, she holds two undergraduate degrees – one in applied piano and the other in music education from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and two masters’ degrees – one in piano and the other in collaborative piano from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in addition to extended studies in music theory at UW-Madison.  She has held faculty positions at the University of South Dakota, Cumberland College of Tennessee and Huntingdon College.

Barbara has performed in numerous chamber music recitals and has presented many programs with her husband in duet and duo piano recitals. She has held positions in the MTNA Southern Division Competitions, is a Past President of Alabama Music Teachers Association, continues on the AMTA Board as Certification Chair and is past President of the Birmingham Metro Music Forum.

Barbara was the recipient of the Presidential Scholars’ Teacher Recognition Award in Washington, D.C., in June 2008.

Ronald Shinn | Faculty member | California program

Marilyn Thompson | Faculty member | California program

Marilyn Thompson headshotPianist Marilyn Thompson received her Bachelor’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Adolph Baller. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to the Vienna Academy of Music, and subsequently received her Master’s Degree from Stanford University, where she studied under the Helen Evans Memorial Scholarship – a full-tuition grant. While at Stanford, she gave the West Coast Premiere of Roger Sessions’ Piano Concerto. She has given countless recitals in the United States and abroad, and has been the featured soloist in concerti of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Martinu, Hindemith, Barber and others. She has performed virtually the entire standard chamber music repertoire. Her recordings include performances of the Thomas Beversdorf Cello sonata, the Brahms Trio Op.87, and Ravel’s Violin-Piano Sonate. Marilyn has performed in chamber music concerts in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; the 92nd Street “Y” in New York City; the Philip’s Gallery, Washington D.C.; Boston’s Symphony Hall; Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco; and most recently in the Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica. In the 1980’s she was the pianist member of the Chamber Soloists of San Francisco and the San Francisco Trio. At the present time Marilyn is the pianist of the Navarro Trio, a group which performs frequently throughout the Bay Area. Marilyn has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; the College of Holy Names, Oakland, California; at the University of California at Santa Cruz; and is presently on the faculty of Sonoma State University where she has taught since 1976.


Board of Directors

Susan Vondy Batchelor, Robert Cundall, John Santoleri, Jessica Shinn, Michael Shinn, Lauren Thompson


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