A Word from the Artistic Director


In July 2003 I approached Sibyl Sanford on bended knee at her home in Bellingham, proposing that she sponsor a piano series at Western that would bear her name. She readily accepted, and The Sanford Piano Series was launched. In 2011, Sibylís lifelong friend and former piano teacher Ford Hill decided that he would match her commitment, thus resulting in a renamed Sanford-Hill Piano Series. Although their friendship dates back to 1977, and I arrived at Western in 1992, I consider Sibyl and Ford to be my lifelong friends as well. Aside from their philanthropic vision for the series, Sibyl claims that it is her affection for Ford and me that is the basis for what makes the whole thing work.

- Jeffrey Gilliam