Since 2013, a one-night-only concert to give children in our state access to a wide variety of musical education and experiences.

History of the Ten Grands concert


Ten Grands was inspired by the vision of Portland composer/songwriter/pianist Michael Allen Harrison. In addition to having more than 50 albums to his credit, this talented, big-hearted artist is known for his love for teaching and for his giving spirit.

Michael is the founder of The Snowman Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing instruments, instruction, and inspiration to deserving children. Formed in 1999 to fill the funding gap when schools started cutting arts programs, the foundation’s primary source of funding has been the Ten Grands concerts. Since the inaugural concert in Portland in 2000, Ten Grands concerts are annual events in Seattle (since 2008) and West Palm Beach, Florida (since 2018).

Since inception, Ten Grands Seattle has attracted a loyal following of generous supporters who help us fill Benaroya Hall. In 2013, Ten Grands welcomed Seattle Symphony as a presenting partner.

Thanks to a dedicated group of musicians, sponsors, donors, and volunteers, this annual event supports educational programs of the Seattle Symphony and several community-based organizations that provide life-changing experiences to young musicians.

Meet some of our grant recipients.

"Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it's essential to being human." -- Jewel