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 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 County and across the country.


Donations will benefit the following:

Major new goals for upcoming years include:

New 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.

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.

New Composer Residency | We are committed to featuring the works of living composers at pianoSonoma. We would like to offer participants the opportunity to work intimately with a prominent composer, preparing works to be performed and perhaps premiered at the festival.

New Artist in Residence Masterclasses and Performance Classes | Many of our senior Artists have developed into phenomenal teachers. We would like for them to continue to take on more leadership roles at our festival and to share their many talents in our in-house performance classes and our public masterclasses.

New pianoSonoma Chef’s Table series | We would like to expand our unique wine/dinner/performance offering to more venues and more communities.

pianoSonoma Boston |pianoSonoma debuted in New England in May 2019! Current students at Boston Conservatory and Berklee produced the festival, with oversight by Artistic Director Jessica Chow Shinn through a new course entitled “Festival Production.” We look forward to continuing this festival and course in 2020.


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 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; Alan Baker and Serena Lourie from Cartograph Wines; Tom and Wendi Alexander; Kristy and Michael Phillips from Michael David Winery; Joan and Peter Faber; Astrid and John Baumgardner; Darrell Prescott

Housing Donors

Anna and Nick Haemel in Santa Rosa, CA

Charitable Contributions:

$30,000 and above | Gold Circle

Michael and Carole Marks Family Fund

        $10,000 and above | Silver Circle

         Joan and Peter Faber

         Jun Wai and Sandra May Lee Fund

$5000-9999 | Opera Level

Wendi Kirby

        David and Susan Batchelor

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

Carol and John Santoleri

$2500-4999 | Symphony Level

Daniel Bross and Robert Cundall, Cynthia and Oliver Curme, Darrell Prescott

$1000-2499 | Concerto level

Peter and Teresa Chow, Cynthia Curme, Nicholas Garramone and Timothy Stockert, Alex Hu and Karen Powell, Michele and Thomas Kahn Foundation, Robert Kenet and Stephanie Seligman, Kevin Ng, Judy Wesalo Temel

$500-999 | Sonata level

Steve Barber and Laurie Goldman, Astrid and John Baumgardner, Amy and Mohit Bhatnagar, Harold Bronheim and Annette McEvoy, Deborah and Thomas Cabaniss, Glenn and Tamara Marks, Charles Metz, Diana Murray-Tudsbury, Jonathan Phillips, Erol and Stephanie Sarikaya, Warren Schneider, Barbara and Ronald Shinn

$250-499 | Etude level

Seth Adelman, Peter Chang, Scott Edmiston, Richard England, Alexandra and Steven Ketcham, Edward and Luba Papier, Donna and John Pettit, Katherine Prescott and Vin Vacanti, Howard Schreiber, Olga and William Seng, Janice Smith, Lauren Thompson

$100-249 | Prelude level

Diane Arvanites and Thomas Neblett, Gavin Berger, Charles H. Critchlow, Michelle DiBucci, Karen Finkel, Stephen Flaherty, John Gnam and Phyllis Senter Trust, L. Michael and Margaret Ross Griffel, Benjamin and Maureen Harwood, Lance and Marjorie Lindblom, Steve Lohr, Alice Merker, Giuseppe Rocca, Tina Vondy, David F. Wrubel, June Wu, Jean Yates, Susan Zolla-Pazner

Up to $100 | Friends of pianoSonoma

Adi Bedakar, Archie and Chris Cates, John Cochrane, Gail Eisen, Michael Friedmann, Debra Khan-Bey, Dana Grider, Paul Larkin, Terry Leach, Nancy Lithgow, Jonathan Salamon

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

Google, Morgan Stanley

A special thank you to these 2020 participants who have donated a portion of their tuition:

Susan Batchelor, Amy Bhatnagar, Peter Chang, Richard England, Joan Faber, Darrell Prescott, Diana Murray-Tudsbury, Janice Smith


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