Sanford-Hill Piano Series

About the series

The Sanford-Hill Piano Series presents concerts and masterclasses by award-winning, world renowned pianists. The concerts and classes are open to the community. Ticket proceeds fund scholarships for Western's piano majors.

Sanford-Hill Piano Series Tickets

Tickets on sale beginning September 1st. Get tickets for a single night, or the full 3 concert season (greater value).

All students (K-12 and college)

Sit free! Show your ID to the box office to get your free ticket. Ticket required for entry.

Music Teachers (K-12 and Private)

$10 tickets for seats in Section D!

General Admission

  • Section A

    • Limited supply: order quick! Center of the front section with a view of the keyboard.
    • $51 single/$138 season
  • Section B

    • Left side of the front section with a the view of the keyboard or pianist.
    • $41 single/$111 season
  • Section C

    • Front and middle areas, with a good view of the pianist.
    • $32 single/$87 season
  • Section D

    • Rear and right-side seating. Some seats may have view of the pianist obscured by the piano.
    • $21 single/$57 season

WTA buses

Buses stop every 15 minutes on High Street, close to the Performing Arts Center. Check the route schedules for exact times. The following buses arrive on High Street close to Sanford-Hill concert times:

  • 14 Fairhaven
  • 190 Lincoln St
  • 105 Fairhaven

Disability Accommodations

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A word from the Artistic Director


Portrait of Jeffrey Gilliam

In July 2003 I approached Sibyl Sanford on bended knee at her home in Bellingham. I proposed that she sponsor a piano series at Western bearing her name. She readily accepted, and The Sanford Piano Series was launched. In 2011, Sibyl's lifelong friend and former piano teacher Ford Hill decided to match her commitment. Thus, it became the Sanford-Hill Piano Series. Their friendship dates back to 1977. Though I arrived at Western in 1992, I consider Sibyl and Ford to be my lifelong friends as well. Aside from their philanthropic vision for the series, Sibyl claims her affection for Ford and me is the basis for what makes the whole thing work.

- Jeffrey Gilliam