The PTG Foundation

Current PTGF Board of Directors
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Associate convention scholarship information.

The Piano Technicians Guild Foundation (PTGF) was established in 1982. Its mission statement is as follows:

The Piano Technicians Guild Foundation supports the mission of the Piano Technicians Guild
through charitable, historical, scientific and educational programs.

The PTGF maintains the Steve Jellen Memorial Library. This library and historical archives are preserved for reference and research and is available to everyone who visits the PTG Home Office. 

Since 1982, the PTG Foundation has given an annual scholarship to members of the Music Teachers National Association. This scholarship is presented to a certified piano teacher for advanced studies. The Music Teachers National Association has a standing committee to select the recipient for the Foundation scholarship. For an application visit

The PTG Foundation sponsors scholarships for Associate members of PTG to help them advance their education. The scholarship pays for registration at the annual convention and the cost of the last exam necessary to complete their Registered Piano Technicians certification. Applications must be received by April 1 each year. Click here to download an application, or call the PTG Home Office at 913-432-9975 to request a copy.

The PTG Foundation established a Disaster Relief Fund immediately following the Katrina disaster in New Orleans. The Disaster Relief Fund is used to give aid to PTG members who are affected by natural disasters such as tornados, earthquakes, and flooding. Any member may request aid for themselves or another member by contacting the PTG Home Office at (913) 432-9975. You may make a tax deductible contribution to the PTGF Disaster Relief Fund through the PTG Home Office, 4444 Forest Ave, Kansas City, KS 66106. 

The PTG Foundation publishes technical manuals including The Piano Action Handbook by Randy Potter, RPT; History of Midwest Piano Manufacturing by Jack Greenfield, RPT; New Techniques for Superior Aural Tuning by Virgil Smith, RPT; and Longitudinal Modes in Piano Strings by Jim Ellis, RPT. These books are available in the PTG Store and sales of these items benefit the PTG Foundation. 

The PTG Foundation opened its museum during the 1994 Annual Convention which was held in Kansas City, MO. Members of the PTG and their families toured the museum during its Grand Opening. Museum displays include antique piano building tools, historical pictures of the PTG and the piano industry, historical manuscripts, books and documents, unique pianos, and piano components that have historical significance to the piano industry.

As a non-profit 501(c) (3) the Foundation relies on private contributions to these efforts alive. Tax deductible contributions may be made in honor of individuals by sending them to the PTG Home Office at 4444 Forest Ave, Kansas City, KS 66106. 

Current Board Members

President Bruce Dornfeld, RPT 
Vice President Laura Olsen, RPT 
Secretary-Treasurer Claude Harding, RPT 
Directors Wim Blees, RPT 
  David Durben, RPT
  Joyce Meekins, RPT 
  Jack Wyatt, RPT 
Directors Emeriti Jim Birch, RPT
  Chuck Erbsmehl, RPT 
  Jim Geiger, RPT 
  Marshall Hawkins, RPT 
  Robin Hufford, RPT
  Paul Monachino
  Marilyn Raudenbush
  Leon Speir, RPT
  Nolan Zeringue, RPT

For more information about the Piano Technicians Guild Foundation, contact:
Barbara Cassaday, Executive Director, 


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