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. Form 990 available upon request.

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:

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:

Major new goals for upcoming years include:

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:

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

Sander and Norma K. Buchman Fund

Jun Wai and Sandra May Lee Fund

Opera Level


David and Susan Batchelor

Darrell Prescott

Symphony Level

Daniel Bross and Robert Cundall, Peter and Teresa Chow, Alex Hu and Karen Powell, John Santoleri

Concerto level

Amy and Mohit Bhatnagar, Cynthia and Oliver Curme, Nicholas Garramone and Timothy Stockert, Alex Hu and Karen Powell, Glenn and Tamara Marks

Sonata level

Steve Barber and Laurie Goldman, Harold Bronheim and Annette McEvoy, Deborah and Thomas Cabaniss, Robert Kenet and Stephanie Seligman, Alexandra and Steven Ketcham, Mark Murtagh, Charles Metz, Danielle and George Ross, Erol and Stephanie Sarikaya, Daniel and Lauren Thompson

Etude level

Astrid and John Baumgardner, Alexander Koo, Lance and Marjorie Lindblom, Dave Perler, Katherine Prescott, Olga and William Seng

Prelude level

L. Michael and Margaret Ross Griffel, Anna and Nick Haemel, Benjamin and Maureen Harwood, Alice Merker, Edward and Luba Papier, Barbara and Ronald Shinn, David F. Wrubel, Jean P. Yates

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

Apple, Google, JPMorgan Chase

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