Sanford-Hill Piano Series

In addition to providing concerts and masterclasses by award-winning, world renowned pianists, all revenue generated from this series goes to scholarships for talented WWU piano students.


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