Education Outreach

Education and Community Outreach

The Waring contributes to the education and cultural fabric of the Coachella Valley by providing school wide recitals and hands on experiences by classroom. Competition contestants and prize winners return to the schools. We also bring valley students to the Competition rounds, conduct outreach to youth and senior community centers, and provide free or low-cost concerts to the public.  Once the pandemic hit in March of 2020, all outreach had to stop, as all live concerts were cancelled in the state.

We did do some Online Webinars – Mondays at the Waring, and a live performance at CVREP in June of 2021, with Victor Shlyakhtenko.

May 2019: Sponsored by the County of Riverside

Extensive hands on music instruction to students at Sea View Elementary School in Salton City, in partnership with the Parker Music Academy.

May-June, 2018:
Sponsored by the City of Palm Desert

10 free outreach concerts at Palm Desert Schools:  Washington Charter, Lincoln Elementary and Palm Desert High School –
performances by Waring Artist Sabrina Xiao He
2 free community concerts at Joslyn Center and at The Living Desert;

March-November, 2018: Supported by a Coachella Valley Spotlight Grant, a partnership of The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and CBS Local 2 with additional support from Bighorn Golf Charities:

Weekly extensive hands on music instruction to students at Sea View Elementary School in Salton City, in partnership with the Parker Music Academy; Concert by Waring Artist Sabrina Xiao He for students, parents and the community.
Partnership with CVRep – Concert by Michael Noble, June of 2018

Past Education and Community Outreach

2017 – 2018

Performances for Palm Springs Unified School District students, sponsored by the Old Las Palmas Neighborhood Association: students bused to Palm Springs High School and to Rancho Mirage High School. One performance by Stephanie Ng, and one performance by John Bayless.

Fall 2015:

Brian Lin performs 2 assemblies at Palm Desert Middle School – Oct. 29

Nov 5Miao Hou performs two assemblies at Cathedral City High School; Keenan Reesor performs at Indio High School

Dec. 3 – 2015 Honorable Mention Chrystal Chen performs two assemblies at Palm Desert High School.

School students and youth centers come to the Nov 4 performance at the McCallum, some sponsored by East Coachella Valley Rotary Club.


Spring 2015:

Youth Centers and Schools come to hear 2015 Competition rounds, including sponsorship from the East Coachella Valley Rotary Club.


Fall 2014:

Taste of the Waring – Oct: Dine A-Round at Le Valauris on the beautiful patio with musical concert provided by Waring artistic director and concert pianist John Bayless.

Nov 2014: Previous winners Eunkyung Yoon, Tristan Teo, and Keenan Reesor gave outreach concerts at area schools after performing at the McCallum Theatre on Nov. 5, 2014.


Summer 2014:

Free concert at the Joslyn Center with 2011 prize winner Allison To in Palm Desert, sponsored by the City of Palm Desert with additional support from Wells Fargo – The Private Bank

Palm Desert

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Sponsor of Free Community Concerts

We also travel directly to schools, bringing in Steinway concert grand pianos, if the school doesn’t have a proper instrument. And we always tune the piano! Outreach recital venues include elementary, middle and high schools. Since 2008 when the Waring began these outreach assemblies, Competition winners have performed for over 10,000 local students in all three local school districts. Study guides with program information, artist bio, composers’ bios and a glossary is made available to classroom teachers. Evaluation sheets are also given to the district or principal.

During the 2013-2014 school year, the Waring presented four assemblies reaching approximately 1400 students from the Palm Springs and Desert Sands Unified School Districts. The Waring pays for buses to bring students to large venues such as the Palm Springs High School Auditorium and to the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at the Rancho Mirage High School.

The Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage partnered with us in January of 2014, to present a student outreach assembly and a low cost concert open to the public.

To Sponsor School or Community Concerts please call the VWIPC office at 760-773-2575. Thank you!