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.

Season programming change

Yunchan Lim was orginally scheduled to perform in October. Due to unavoidable circumstance, he is unable to make the engagement. We have been fantastically fortunate to book the Cliburn Silver Medalist, Anna Geniushene in Lim's place. We hope to book Lim for a future season; and we're absolutely confident you will enjoy these 2022-23 season performances.

Sanford-Hill Piano Series Tickets

Season tickets to all three Sanford-Hill Piano Series concerts

10% off single ticket prices

On sale at the box office July 8 through October 12, by calling 360-650-6146, or in-person only

  • $132 Section A
  • $105 Section B
  • $84 Section C
  • $54 Section D

Single tickets to just one concert

On sale at the box office beginning September 1

  • $49 Section A
  • $39 Section B
  • $31 Section C
  • $20 Section D

Single ticket discounts

  • All students K-12 and college

    • $5 tickets for seats in Section D! Available at the box office in-person only with student ID.
  • WWU Piano Students

    • Sit free in Section B! Available at the box office in-person only with student ID.
  • Private Music Teachers and K-12 Music Teachers

    • $10 tickets for seats in Section D! Available at the box office by calling 360-650-6146, in-person, and online.

Seating areas

  • Section A: Center of the front section with view of keyboard. Limited, order soon.
  • Section B: Front section left with view of keyboard or pianist.
  • Section C: Front and middle areas, good view of pianist.
  • Section D: Rear and right seating, some seats may have view of pianist obscured by piano.

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

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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