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Support Preparatory Music at HNU


If you believe quality music education is necessary for our children, you can help us make it accessible to all!

You may choose the area in which you’d like to make an impact, or make a general donation, which will allow us to use it for what we feel is most important. Click on the fund name below to learn more. We appreciate all gifts and appreciate your support. To donate, click here. All donations are tax-deductible.

  • Preparatory Music Scholarship Fund
  • Preparatory Music Director's Discretionary Fund

$300.00 gives one student tuition assistance for one semester.
$1000.00 assists three students for one semester.

The Ralph & Merna Thomas Scholarship Fund, founded and dedicated in memory of former Director and Music Department Chair Merna Thomas, provides financial assistance to families in need. Since its inception in 2010, the fund has aided twenty-six students, allowing them to continue their musical studies through difficult financial times.

There are numerous miscellaneous expenses generated by our program: facility use; the hiring of adjudicators for our more competitive events; transporting Clavinovas from the Piano Lab to Valley Center for performances; among others. Contributions to be dispersed as needed are very much appreciated.


At our performances, we always need volunteers to assist with setup, cleanup, and selling tickets. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Katherine Baird, the program director, at baird@hnu.edu or (510)-436-1224.