Our mission is to foster freedom and equality for all peoples through worldwide Sonad solo, chamber music, and orchestra concerts, and through artistic performance workshops which inspire profound connections across human divides.
The vision of the Sonad Project is to present concerts and to create artistic, creative, and participatory performance and learning environments, open to all. This process inspires transformational personal connections that transcend political, economic, racial, cultural, ethnic, religious, gender, skill level, education, and generational boundaries.
Pianist/Founder and Director
“Extraordinarily Effective” — NEW YORK TIMES
Eric Stumacher, founder of the Sonad Project, has performed concerti, solo recitals, and chamber music concerts worldwide to critical acclaim for over forty years. For thirty-five years, Mr. Stumacher served as Founder, Pianist, and Executive and Artistic Director of the Apple Hill Chamber Players, Apple Hill, and the Apple Hill’s Playing for Peace Project, before resigning in October 2007 to found the Sonad Project. Mr. Stumacher studied with Eleanor Sokoloff, Rosina Lhevinne, and Beveridge Webster, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and The Juilliard School. Mr. Stumacher also serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Keene (NH) Chamber Orchestra. He lives in Nelson, NH with his wife Kathy Stumacher, violist, professional administrator, and early childhood education specialist, and they have three amazing children and seven astonishing grandchildren.