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VIRGINIA WARING INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

Keep the Music Playine

aka Palm Springs International Piano Competition   |   Palm Desert, CA   |  www.psipc.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Ann Greer

Board President

Joe Giarrusso

Main address

73710 Fred Waring Drive, # 201

Palm Desert, CA 92260 USA

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Formerly known as

Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition

Joanna Hodges Piano Conference & Competition

Virginia Waring International Piano Competition

Waring International Piano Competition

Palm Springs International Piano Competition

EIN

33-0025613

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Single Organization Support (O11)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

International Piano Competition

Our International Piano Competition includes eight days of an “Olympics-type” competition event. Events include: Piano Solo, Solo Piano with Second Piano Accompaniment, Solo Piano with Full Orchestra Accompaniment, as well as Master Classes for both local students and international contestants. Most competition rounds are free to the audience and services national and international contestants, visitors and residents of the area. Only the solo final and the concerto final require ticketed admission.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

We bring former competition contestants and winners to local and regional schools for free performance and education assemblies.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Former competition prize winners and contestants perform free for local non-profit organizations, provided we receive funding. Otherwise, groups can bring us in for a modest fee.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of competition entrants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Young adults

Related Program

International Piano Competition

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2022 Competition had 19 contestants. We invited 26, but 7 dropped out because of Covid19.

Total number of free performances given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Seniors

Related Program

Community Outreach Recitals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Competition occurs every other year, skewing the number of free performances. I am limited by being able to only show one target population.

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

International Piano Competition

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2022 competition had 673 paid admissions. Many still leery about COVID or refused to attend due to mask and vaccine requirements.

Number of favorable critic reviews/awards of art produced given by media or peers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

International Piano Competition

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our concerts and assemblies are one night only events, that double in odd numbered years. With the decline of print, it is getting more and more difficult to get reviews.

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Education Outreach Assemblies

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We didn't receive funding for free classes this year.

Hours of expertise provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

International Piano Competition

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This includes the International Competition, and the Educational and Community Outreach assemblies / concerts.

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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.

To use Social Media to reach younger audiences

To develop virtual programming out of necessity from the pandemic

To have quarterly "Meet the Competition" informational and educational sessions at the offices

The 2022 Competition was the 23rd piano competition produced since 1978. We host annual fundraising events in order to produce these Competitions, and ask for donations and sponsors. The board decided to add a DBA Palm Springs International etc because of the international recognition of Palm Springs. We hope that this brings us broader range of donors with broader demographics. We just received our first California Arts Council grant - starts September of 2022. The artistic quality of the 2022 competition was amazing. All the judges and the audience said so. "I'm so glad I'm not a judge." Yamaha was blown away and we are in talks with Yamaha on how best to broaden our exposure and partnerships outside the local area.

The Competition seeks foundation and corporate grants to support our educational and outreach programs, which occur in between the Competitions, every other year. We are in our 6th year of an annual performance at the 1,100 seat McCallum Theatre (after being dark in 2020 and 2021 because of COVID19.

The organization has successfully produced competitions since 1982. The artistic quality has remained high, and improves with each competition. We have started to get a few business sponsors, and there is definitely room for growth and expansion in this area. We also need to reach out to more diverse communities.

Competition fundraising, in general, rises each year. We were the closest to reaching our fundraising goals in 2022 than in 2019. As our largest donors age, we do need to develop new strategies for expansion. The old methods of fundraising are still the best, but we have to be aware of future trends, and join them. To this end, we are partnering more with CVREP, a 200 seat theater in nearby Cathedral City. We are also including a bit more popular music to each classical music program.

We engaged someone to help us with social media, and we are seeing nice growth in social media numbers. We have a YouTube channel, an Instagram account, a Facebook account and a Twitter account. We are the most active on Facebook and Instagram. And do monthly outreach via Constant Contact. With the new name, we have more volunteers engaged in marketing and social media outreach.

We would like to increase the number of free concerts for the public each year, & collaborate more with other non profits on cross-arts and humanities programming.

While we receive good press coverage locally, and in the places where our winners have performance prizes, the organization hopes to receive more international and national press coverage with the new DBA.

We were accepted into Desert Fast Pitch, which will help us do a better job of telling our story.

Financials

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VIRGINIA WARING INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

Board of directors
as of 07/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joe Giarrusso

Christine Cross

Financial Planner, Retired

Joan RuBane

International Classical Concerts of the Desert

JoAnne Wellner

Attorney

Joe Giarrusso

Marketing / Composer

CJ Westrick-Bomar

Attorney, Retired

Betty Baxter

Educator, Retired

Bram Conley

Psychotherapist

Isabel Chapman

Attorney

Lois Darr

Musician, Teacher, Retired

Betsy Smalley

Physician

Lois Darr

Physician, Retired

Jessica Lagos Greene

Elaine Wang Meyerhoffer

Real Estate Management

Debra Pollock

Director of Development, Martha's Village

Howard Schreiber

Attorney

Nunzio Sisto

CEO, Youth Training Orchestra

Sandra Cooper Woodson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/20/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/19/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.