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:

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 will 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 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 debuts in New England! We look forward to holding our festival in Boston in May 2019 for a four-day intensive. Current students at Boston Conservatory and Berklee will produce the festival, with oversight by Artistic Director Jessica Chow Shinn through a new course entitled Festival Production.


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

$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, Emily Cho Rocca, Olga and William Seng, 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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