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This past year marked a tremendous period of growth for pianoSonoma. We have added two new festival workshops to our mix that expand our reach and offer our unique musical opportunities to more communities. Our scholarship program is flourishing, and we had more scholarship participants this year than we ever have before. And our concerts continue to astound as our growing roster of Artists in Residence create more innovative programming each year.

Will you make a gift to support the work of pianoSonoma this year? Your contribution will help us launch exciting new initiatives and allow us to continue our beloved programs as we head into our thirteenth season as a festival.

How pianoSonoma facilitates the career development of Artists in Residence:

1. 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 County and across the country.

Donations will benefit the following:

pianoSonoma in Monterey | The program, which launches in July 2024, melds the collaborative heart of pianoSonoma with the beautiful music-supporting communities of Monterey and Carmel, CA.

  • $10,000 to underwrite this unique workshop

Composer in Residence Program | Help us continue this extremely successful program that we launched in 2022. Rising composers will join our Artist roster and compose new works for pianoSonoma, including pieces for our Vino & Vibrato concerts and pieces to be prepared by participants and Artists in Residence.

  • $8,000 to help continue our Composer in Residence program (including Artist fees, travel, housing, meals)

Participant Full Scholarship Program | This program allows promising young musicians to attend pianoSonoma as participants. The scholarship covers full tuition and room and board.

  • $4,500 for one full scholarship

pianoSonoma Rosé | Created to expand our musical opportunities to more communities in an affordable and accessible way, we found our inaugural year in 2022 to be a huge success and hope to build on this.

  • $3,000 to support an Artist in Residence leader at the program
  • $1,500 for one full Rosé participant scholarship, including room and board

pianoSonoma Artist Exchange series | Our Artists in Residence are the heart of our festival. Many of you have heard them perform. These new talks give audience members a chance to gain insight into the lives and minds of an Artist and to give each of their performances more personal context.

  • $1,500 to sponsor one Artist Exchange

First-ever pianoSonoma music album | The stunning musicianship of our Artists in Residence has lived in the live concert space, but we are ready to bring it to the recording studio.

Ongoing initiatives and costs:

  • Fully-funded Artist in Residence fellowship, including costs of travel, stipends, and housing
    • $16,000 to help sponsor our Artist in Residence program
  • Pre-concert Vino & Vibrato wine tastings
    • $1,500 to sponsor two wine tastings
  • pianoSonoma sizzle reel video, highlighting important aspects of our festival
    • $100
  • Festival catered lunches for one Artist
    • $750
  • One piano tuning
    • $300
  • Purchase of musical scores by living composers for works performed in our Vino & Vibrato and final participant concerts
    • $150

How you can help:

You 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 SponsorDonations 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

Charitable Contributions:

Gold Circle


        Silver Circle


Jun Wai and Sandra May Lee Fund

Opera Level

Anonymous, David and Susan Batchelor, Richard Forde

Symphony Level

Anonymous, Peter and Teresa Chow, Nicholas Garramone and Timothy Stockert, Brian Hoppe and Wendi Kirby, Alex Hu and Karen Powell, Lauren Thompson

Concerto level

Anonymous, Astrid and John Baumgardner, Amy and Mohit Bhatnagar, Harold Bronheim and Annette McEvoy, Daniel Bross and Robert Cundall, Sander and Norma K. Buchman Fund, Jeff and Kate Cook, Alexandra and Steven Ketcham, Debra and Jack Levin, Lance and Marjorie Lindblom, Glenn and Tamara Marks

Sonata level

Peter Faber, Alexander Koo, Katherine Prescott, Danielle and George Ross, Erol and Stephanie Sarikaya

Etude level

Anonymous, Robert Kenet, Minnie Ho, Steve Lohr

Prelude level

L. Michael and Margaret Ross Griffel, Alice Merker, Edward and Luba Papier, Rabinowitz Foundation

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

Apple, Comcast, Google, JPMorgan Chase

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