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.

We are dreaming big about our future, with likely expansions to other parts of the country and abroad. pianoSonoma is at a precipice in its history, and we are truly excited about the many possibilities we are now seeing.

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 SSU Full Scholarship Program We are excited to announce the launch of a tuition-free, pilot program for talented Sonoma State University students 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 and abroad.
  • 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; Alan Baker and Serena Lourie from Cartograph Wines, Tom and Wendi Alexander; Carole and Michael Marks; Kristy and Michael Phillips from Michael David Winery; Raj Iyer and Oceans Churning Wines; Joan Faber; Astrid and John Baumgardner

Charitable Contributions:

$20,000 and above | Gold Circle

James and Kathy Fallon

Carole and Michael Marks, The Marks Family Foundation

$5000-9999 | Opera Level

Tom and Wendi Alexander

Norma Kerlin Buchman, The Sander and Norma K. Buchman Fund

Joan and Peter Faber

$2500-4999 | Symphony Level

David and Susan Batchelor, Nicholas Garramone and Timothy Stockert, The Jun Wai and Sandra May Lee Fund

$1000-2499 | Concerto level

Daniel Bross and Robert Cundall, Peter and Teresa Chow, John and Linda Gidwitz, Alex Hu and Karen Powell, Robert Kenet and Stephanie Seligman, Alexandra and Steven Ketcham, Lance and Marjorie Lindblom, Darrell Prescott, Danielle and George Ross, William A. Zeitz

$500-999 | Sonata level

Astrid and John Baumgardner, Harold Bronheim and Annette McEvoy, Laurie S. Goldman, Mark and Xiaoli Ma, Deborah and Dwight Messinger

$250-499 | Etude level

Amy and Mohit Bhatnagar, Anne L. Bryant, Deborah and Thomas Cabaniss, Karen Finkel, Olga and William Seng

$100-249 | Prelude level

Brent Adams, Gary and Irma Bachelor, Edward Bilous and Michelle DiBucci, Nicholas Csicsko, Peter Duffin, Marie Christine and Philippe Gousseland, L. Michael and Margaret Ross Griffel, Benjamin and Maureen Harwood, Audrey Kingsley, Alice Merker, James Neary, Edward and Luba Papier, Sherman Pazner and Susan Zolla-Pazner, Donna and John Pettit, Lauren Thompson, David F. Wrubel

Up to $100 | Friends of pianoSonoma

Mary Duncan Brust, George Dilthey, Peter Klinge, Heather Moore, Meris Powell

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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