About

“Never doubt the power of a small group of dedicated, committed citizens to change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead

“Eric Stumacher and the Sonad Project have tapped into something fundamental and extremely important. We are very enthusiastic in our support of Sonad Project’s mission to use artistic performance to cross human divides. The world needs this now more than ever.”

-Eran Egozy, co-founder and chief technical officer of Harmonix Music (Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and most recently Rock Band Beatles.)

HISTORY

The Sonad Project, founded by Eric Stumacher in October 2007, was incorporated in November 2007 in California, with an office in New Hampshire.

The Sonad Project is an outgrowth of the Apple Hill Playing for Peace Project, founded by Eric Stumacher in 1987 and directed by him for over twenty years.

Playing for Peace is a powerful tool for crossing human divides using the format of chamber music. Sonad was founded to expand this mission beyond the small percentage of the global population who are chamber music players and concertgoers.

Sonad activities in 2009 included two trips to the Middle East, plus numerous events and activities in the US, including a nationwide NPR broadcast, “Sonad Project: Inspiring the Crossing of Human Divides Through Artistic Performance”: http://www.nhpr.org/node/26499

Sonad tourlogs of Middle East trips in March and June of  2009 can be viewed in the ARCHIVES section of this site

With young audience member, Bethlehem

Young musicians performing Steinmetz "Together" with Amman Symphony Orchestra

With Yoni and Lena in Jerusalem

Sonad activities in 2010 include concerts and workshops in the Middle East, New Hampshire, California, and other US and international locations.

GOALS

Sonad Project is grateful for support from individuals, foundations, and corporations worldwide in order to bring to fruition these exciting activities in 2010 and beyond:

*  Benefit for the South Youth Orchestra in Israel, a new program for under served children based in a rural Israeli towns bordering Gaza: orchestra concerts in three towns in the area, with Eric Stumacher as conductor and piano soloist, including two Mozart Piano Concertos and John Steinmetz’ “Together” (2009) for orchestra and beginning strings.

* A residency, including orchestra, solo, and chamber music concerts, and classes, throughout West Bank/Palestine, with Al Kamandjati, whose mission is to improve and inspire the lives of Palestinian children and their families by providing world class music instruction and concerts for refugee camps and villages in West Bank and Lebanon.

* A residency in Damascus, Syria, including workshops, master classes, orchestra concerts, and recitals.

* The purchase of a Steinway concert grand for Sonad, to be placed with Al Kamandjati in Ramallah and used for concerts throughout the region.

* A residency in Derry, Northern Ireland, including an orchestra concert.

* Sonad workshops, including music and other artistic performance endeavors, as well as Sonad concert tours, in Los Angeles, California;  San Francisco, California;  Amman, Jordan; and Marlborough, New Hampshire.

* The ongoing commissioning of solo, chamber music, and orchestra compositions which feature the crossing of human divides.