Grant Recipients

Grant Recipients

Funds from the Seattle concerts have benefited numerous organizations that provide access to music. Among recent grant recipients are:

  • Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • InvestED
  • Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle
  • Seattle Music Partners
  • Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • Terra Nostra multimedia symphony
  • Treehouse
  • WIAA/Washington Music Educators Association/YME

Plus all music education projects of SSO. The Seattle Symphony offers a multitude of education and community programs for families, teachers, students and patrons to foster lifelong relationships with symphonic music. Each year, SSO reaches more than 100,000 people through community engagement programs, education concerts, school presentations and free concerts.

Also (2018 piano recipient)

Excel Public Charter School / Green Dot Public Schools Washington


InvestED changes lives, one student at a time. No paperwork. No questions.

Since its founding in 1963, tens of thousands of students throughout the state have received small acts of kindness and caring, thanks to this nonprofit organization. Ten Grands Seattle grants help support students who might not otherwise be able to afford rental fees for musical instruments, the cost of a choir outfit, or the fees to participate in various music-related activities.

"Choir was my sanctuary."

-- Student of a drug-addicted parent


Ten Grands Seattle ticketholders are invited to enjoy music performed by some of our state's award-winning student musicians as they perform in the Grand Lobby starting at 5:30 the night of the concert, thanks to our partnership with the Washington Music Education Association and its annual Solo & Ensemble Contest.

“We have partnered with Ten Grands for several years and our involvement has proven to be a powerful way for us to showcase some of our most talented high school music students from across the state. The grants we’ve received from concert proceeds benefit many of our all-state and all-northwest honor group participants who otherwise would not be able to afford to participate.”

-- Bruce Gutgesell,
Student Events Coordinator, Washington Music Education Association
WIAA/WMEA State Solo and Ensemble Contest Manager

Terra Nostra

Terra Nostra is a 30-minute multimedia symphony that combines orchestral music, poetry, and photography to inspire discourse and initiativesfor protecting our earth. It is designed to engage, educate, inspire and empower people in ways science along may not. This dynamic symphony will serve as the basis for creating interdisciplinary curricula for schools, as well as for broadening our reach.

The Ten Grands grant to Terra Nostra was used for two major and decisive projects:

  1. Create a logo that captures our vision and purpose
  2. Create a fully comprehensive and interactive website, which was a long and complex process.

We are very pleased with the results!

Christophe Chagnard, Composer
Artistic and Education Director

Recipients: The Gift of a Piano

Each year, Ten Grands Seattle invites music students and their teachers and chaperones to attend the concert as guests, thanks in part to underwriting by individuals, service clubs and other organizations.

As part of its mission to "give the gift of music to children," Ten Grands, in collaboration with Classic Pianos and generous donors, also presents the gift of a brand new piano to a deserving school. This hybrid piano (Yamaha model NU1) combines the traditions of an acoustic instrument with the innovation of digital technology to provide exceptional sound. It has a USB port built in and never needs tuning.

In 2017, a competition was introduced whereby the school with the highest attendance would win the piano for their school's music classroom! The winner that year was Summit Sierra, a small college-prep high school in the Chinatown International District.

Last year's lucky winner of a piano was Excel Public Charter School, a tuition-free, STEAM-focused program that is part of Green Dot Public Schools Washington. Here's what they've said about this gift:

"Our beautiful Yahama AvantGrand NUIX is used for everything from daily tuning, to accompanying student solos and ensembles to demonstration of music theory concepts. I have students who ask to come into my room before and after school to practice playing or just to noodle around. The piano has granted my lessons a higher level of musicality by allowing me to quickly switch from discussing musical ideas to demonstrating in a fashion that is audible and easily digestible for my students. In our next unit my digital music students will begin to learn basic keyboard skills and will utilize the Yahama's MIDI capabilities to create live sounds and to manipulate programmed patches on their computers."

"The music program has been completely aglow since it arrived and I am happy to report that it is used each and every day in my class!"

Kyle Berry, Music Director
Excel Public Charter School

"To add to what Kyle said, I just wanted to share that the piano is fully integrated into our music program under the leadership of Music Director Kyle Berry. Over 100 students are involved in some aspect of a music production class, orchestra class, or radio podcast course that has touchpoints to our beautiful piano."

Vivienne Nguyen, Development Officer
Green Dot Public Schools Washington