OUR MISSION IS TO FOSTER FREEDOM AND EQUALITY FOR ALL PEOPLES THROUGH WORLDWIDE SONAD SOLO, CHAMBER MUSIC, AND ORCHESTRA CONCERTS AS WELL AS ARTS PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS WHICH INSPIRE PROFOUND CONNECTIONS ACROSS HUMAN DIVIDES.
OUR CORE BELIEF is that all life on our planet is of equal value and importance, to be loved, protected, and cherished by everyone.
With vividly expressive music and art created and performed by diverse communities, we seek to inspire transformational personal connections which transcend economic, racial, cultural, ethnic, religious, gender, skill level, and generational boundaries.
Pianist/Founder and Director
“Extraordinarily Effective” — NEW YORK TIMES
Eric Stumacher, founder and director of the Sonad Project and pianist/director of the Sonad Chamber Orchestra, has performed concerti, solo recitals, and chamber music concerts worldwide to critical acclaim for over forty years. For thirty-five years, Eric served as founder, pianist, and executive and artistic director of the Apple Hill Chamber Players, Apple Hill, and Apple Hill’s Playing for Peace Project, before resigning in October 2007 to found the Sonad Project. Eric is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and The Juilliard School. He is also the founder, music director and conductor of the Keene NH/USA Chamber Orchestra (kcorch.org). Eric lives in Swanzey, NH. He and his wife Kathy, retired violist, administrator, and child education specialist, have three amazing children and eight astonishing grandchildren.