Arts, Culture, and Humanities


Classical Piano: Alive and Well in a Contemporary World

aka Waring International Piano Competition

Palm Desert, CA


VISION: Classical Piano: Alive and Well in a Contemporary World MISSION: To excite, educate, and engage the community at large with the joy of classical piano by presenting, promoting, and nurturing classical music through live piano performance including international competitions, concerts, and local educational outreach programs for all ages.

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Executive Director

Ann Greer

Artistic Director

John Bayless

Main Address

73710 Fred Waring Drive, # 201

Palm Desert, CA 92260 USA


music, classical piano, concerts, outreach assemblies





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Music (A68)

Single Organization Support (O11)

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International Piano Competition

Education Outreach Assemblies

Community Outreach Recitals

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To bring world-class music to visitors and residents of the Coachella Valley. To expose more people to the joys of classical music, who wouldn't otherwise experience it. To nurture and encourage the future piano stars of the concert stage. To deliver educational outreach programs, at no cost, to local schools. To partner with other organizations in presenting classical music performances. To partner with other organizations in educating the general public about music. To make the Coachella Valley renowned for classical music, in a manner similar to the Coachella Valley being known for an international film festival, international tennis tournament, and rock and country music festivals.

To deliver the best concert and recital experience possible by using Waring winners and contestants. To give away free tickets to low-income seniors, students, families and individuals who might not otherwise experience live concerts. To bring in the finest pianos possible to enhance the musical experience, the Waring partners with Steinway & Sons to provide exquisite acoustic pianos. There is an enormous difference between hearing a piano piece on an upright piano as opposed to a grand piano. All pianos are tuned before each concert. To engage excellent judges, thereby attracting the best possible pianists to compete. To offer top quality performance prizes and competitive scholarships. To have local volunteers host visiting contestants, thereby forging international friendships and demonstrating support and hospitality for our visiting musicians. To work with local businesses, so that Waring dollars are spent locally, aiding the local economy.

The 2019 Competition will be the 22nd piano competition produced since 1978. The Waring hosts annual fundraising events in order to produce these Competitions. The Waring seeks foundation and corporate grants to support our educational and outreach programs, which occur in between the Competitions, every other year. The Waring is in our fifth year of an annual performance at the 1,100 seat McCallum Theatre. Through private underwriting and sponsorships, the Waring is able to keep the ticket prices low. There are approximately 160 seats price at $77; 800 seats at $47; 75 seats at $27, and 115 seats at $15. In addition, The Waring gives away 200 to 300 seats to low income seniors and students. This performance also helps raise awareness of The Waring and fosters new audiences.

The Waring's progress is determined by the number of people who come to our events and to our free concerts. The Waring free concerts are "standing-room-only", with additional chairs positioned in the hallways outside, enhanced audio, and a large video screen to accommodate the large audiences. The Waring's progress is also determined by the number of music teachers whose students apply to the competition on an ongoing basis. We are very fortunate that all of our previous judges have asked their top students to apply to our competition after judging here. The Waring also hands out audience evaluations which provides both qualitative and quantitative data.

The Waring has successfully produced competitions since 1982. Competition fundraising, in general, rises each year. In addition, The Waring occasionally receives bequests and large one-time grants that allow The Waring both artistic and administrative opportunities for growth and outreach. The Waring would like to increase the number of free concerts for the public each year. While we receive good press coverage locally, and in the places where our winners have performance prizes, The Waring would enjoy receiving more international and national press coverage.

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