The Walla Walla Piano Group was incorporated in 2014 with the goal of creating a resource bank for area non-profit organizations. The group garnered such strong financial support from the Walla Walla community we were able to purchase a Steinway B grand piano within 6 months. It is available rent free to area non-profits.
For a community whose need for affordable, concert-worthy instruments was not met by local institutions, this was indeed a boon. In fact, the demand for a shared piano has been so great that the group purchased a Kawai ES8 digital piano in 2017, followed by the acquisition of a Bose sound tower PA system. The Kawai and Bose systems are available to for-profit organizations for a minimal rental fee, as well as rent free to non-profits.
In 2018 The Piano Group, together with Blue Mountain Community Foundation and Walla Walla Public Schools assisted the Pioneer Middle School music program with the purchase of an upright piano.
In 2019 The Piano Group again assisted the Walla Walla Public Schools with the purchase of 30 ukuleles for the Edison Elementary School music program.
The Piano Group's most recent community support project, was an additional purchase for Edison's music program consisting of a set of Orff instruments, in 2022. Edison children performed several songs to open the Piano Group's annual Student Showcase in November, 2022.
The Piano Group, a 501(c)(3) organization, recognizes that by sharing resources we broaden artistic reach for everyone, helping arts and culture in our community to thrive and remain accessible to all.
The Piano Group serves the arts and education in the community, endorsed by groups such as:
and other area organizations.
Every fall The Piano Group hosts an evening of brief performances by outstanding area student talent, from middle school through college. These hourlong programs are free and open to the public and are typically held at Foundry Vineyards, Walla Walla.
With funding from individual donors and grants from the Washington State Arts Commission and the Blue Mountain Community Foundation the Piano Group has helped to purchase