pianoSonoma is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of pianoSonoma are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

How pianoSonoma facilitates the career development of Artists in Residence:

pianoSonoma Donate1. Through a fully-funded fellowship, we offer the opportunity for Artists in Residence to refine their communication skills in audience interaction, one-on-one teaching, masterclasses, and other educational settings.

2. We encourage innovative approaches to musicianship in collaborations with other artists and our adult participants through community concerts in Sonoma and Napa Counties and across the country.


Donations will benefit the following:

New initiatives:

  • pianoSonoma DonateNew High School Program | We are excited to announce the launch of a pilot program for talented high school musicians to experience what our adult participants have experienced for several years—full immersion in chamber music through guided rehearsals with our Artists in Residence. We firmly believe that the future of classical music lies in participating actively in the music-making experience, and we wish to expose younger audiences to the thrill of playing with our high-caliber roster of Artists. Our eventual goal will be to offer this opportunity to communities across the United States.
  • New Recital Opportunities at Schroeder Hall | We hope to design new programming that features interactive and immersive opportunities for audience members and Artists in Residence, allowing us to expand our base of music-lovers even further.
  • Professional Video and Audio Support| We seek to expand audiences for classical music by documenting and sharing the exquisite performances of our Artists in Residence through top-notch recordings and videos.
  • Commitment to supporting our Artists in Residence and Increasing our Roster | The life of an Artist in Residence at pianoSonoma is an intense and rewarding one. As we raise the bar each year with the quality of our Artist roster, we wish to compensate them accordingly and to offer this opportunity to more talented young professionals.

Ongoing initiatives and costs:

  • Fully-funded Artist in Residence fellowship, including costs of travel, stipends, and housing
  • Venues for workshops
  • Instrument rentals and maintenance
  • Faculty and administrative expenses

How you can help:

pianoSonoma DonateYou may choose to help sponsor one of our Artists in Residence through a personal donation. Please contact us to inquire about becoming a full pianoSonoma Artist in Residence Sponsor. Donations may also be used to cover operating costs, such as instrument, administrative, travel, housing, and faculty and guest artist fees.

We also welcome any donations of goods and services, including housing for our Artists in Residence and faculty in Sonoma County.  

Please contact us at if you would like to make a noncash donation, donation by check or for more information.


Thank you to our donors:

A special thanks to:

The Green Music Center at Sonoma State University; Yamaha Artist Services, New York; Peggy Furth and WindRacer Wines; Tom and Wendi Alexander; the Marks Family and Blue Farm Wines; Mike and Kristy Phillips and Michael David Winery; Raj Iyer and Oceans Churning Wines; Peter and Teresa Chow; Karen Finkel; David and Melanie Niemiec; Erol and Stephanie Sarikaya; Astrid and John Baumgardner; Jerald R. Gerst

Charitable Contributions:

$20,000 and above | Gold Circle

James and Kathy Fallon; Carole and Michael Marks, the Marks Family Foundation

$5000-9999 | Opera Level

Sander and Norma K. Buchman Fund; Joan and Peter Faber; Joseph W. Polisi, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation

$2500-4999 | Symphony Level

Tom and Wendi Alexander, David and Susan Batchelor, Daniel Bross and Robert Cundall, Jun Wai and Sandra May Lee Fund, John and Carol Santoleri Fund

$1000-2499 | Concerto level

Astrid and John Baumgardner, Nicholas Garramone and Timothy Stockert, Alex Hu and Karen Powell, Robert Kenet and Stephanie Seligman, Barbara and Paul Krieger, Mark and Mary Ma, Deborah and Dyke Messinger, Sherman Pazner and Susan Zolla-Pazner, Danielle and George Ross, Erol and Stephanie Sarikaya

$500-999 | Sonata level

Gail Eisen, Laurie S. Goldman, Alexandra and Steven Ketcham, Lance and Marjorie Lindblom, Annette McEvoy and Harold Bronheim, David and Melanie Niemiec, William Zeitz

$250-499 | Etude level

Anne Bryant, Aaron Harnly and Leah Siepel, Amy and Christopher Hunsberger, Corbin Kappler and Terence Meehan, Gilda and Patrick Mak, Edward and Luba Papier, Sandi Passalacqua, Claire Wachter, Linda and Louis Yaseen, Chaim Zeitz

$100-249 | Prelude level

Brent Adams, Deborah and Thomas Cabaniss, George Drapeau, Marie Christine and Philippe Gousseland, L. Michael and Margaret Griffel, Benjamin and Maureen Harwood, David and Jennifer Horowitz, David and Marla Jeffrey, Elaine Luong, Bette and Jason Mavrovitis, Dalia and Lance Nagel, Sarah Papier, Donna and John Pettit, Tricia Ross, Olga and William Seng, Guiling Shi, Gerold and Susan Wunderlich, David F. Wrubel

Up to $100 | Friends of pianoSonoma

Yue Fang, Jerald R. Gerst, Alice Merker, Isela Rosales, Jane E. Wallace

Thank you to the following organizations that contributed through their corporate matching programs:

Microsoft, First Eagle Investment Management Foundation, Sanofi Foundation for North America

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