Friday, June 11, 2021

Get to Know our Performers for NFN's Live Global Broadcast on Sunday, 13th June!

Don't forget! This Sunday, June 13, NotesForNourishment presents a Live Global Broadcast featuring three exciting performers: Sonja Bruzauskas & Clara Haymon, vocalists, and Paul English, pianist. 

Broadcast time is 4pm Pacific (7pm Eastern), & they will offer a short "Summer Song" program of classical, jazz, and other styles! We feel so honored to have these very renowned (and busy!) artists donating their time and talents to perform for our NFN audience worldwide and raise funds for the two nonprofits they have chosen to help, (Texas) and (worldwide). 


Paul English is an internationally recognized composer, pianist, producer and educator. He has performed and recorded with jazz greats Arnett Cobb, Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Liebman as well as with country legends Willie Nelson, Ray Price and Johnny Bush. He has composed music for film, theatre, choral groups, symphony and chamber orchestras and his own performing ensembles.    Check out Paul's extremely impressive career and activities here:

Clara Haymon is a uniquely gifted, young singer and actress from Houston, TX studying at Boston University. She has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, Alley Theater, Greenbriar Consortium, and more. Along with studying music in college, she sings with their a-cappella group, the BU Allegrettos, and performs with Boston University’s Stage Troupe. Do take a moment and listen to this amazing song that Clara created (lyrics and music) and performed two years ago now, as part of her college application process:   

Sonja Bruzauskas is an internationally active, multi-genre mezzo soprano and award-winning recording artist. She was born and raised in Germany, and trained on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Besides her expansive stage career in musical theater, opera and operetta, Sonja is a well-established recital performer and concert soloist, from classical oratorios to cabaret, as well as being a public speaker and non-profit leader. There are numerous resources about her activities online, but you might enjoy viewing an audience-member's video of her first performance on one of our NFN concerts back in 2016, together with opera star and Broadway tenor, Stephen Guggenheim:                                  


Remember, if you can't catch the NFN concert LIVE this Sunday then you will always be able to donate AND to watch the professionally filmed/recorded video of the concert (huge thanks to composer and cinematographer J.E. Hernandez  and his company,, as well as to our NFN tech volunteer for the day, Pierce Wang) on our dedicated NFN YouTube channel:

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

CATCHING UP: exciting news re upcoming NFN concerts!!

    NFN ONLINE celebrates the start of SUMMER 2021 with 

             TWO special LIVE BROADCAST EVENTS!

SUN, June 13th @ 4pm Pacific    "Summer Song" 
  Vocalists Clara Haymon & Sonja Bruzauskas 
        with Paul English, pianist
Donations benefit (Houston) &  (worldwide)

SUN, June 27 @ 4pm Pacific    "The Davisson Duo"
Classical guitarists Jack Davisson & Elle Davisson
Donations benefit  Electronics for Education
a new nonprofit founded by teens during the pandemic! 

Concerts will be broadcast live on our
    "LFLNotesForNourishment" YouTube channel:
In the coming days, revisit this blog to find artist photos & bios for the JUNE 13th performers! They will be sharing a wonderful 45-minute program featuring a range of vocal and musical styles. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Holiday greetings & listening gifts - and some special news!


Holiday Greetings to each of you, from Donna (Listen for Life) and Josie (NFN Online concerts of LFL) and all of our team, artists, board members, and ever-growing family of volunteers and projects!

In case you will have time for a bit of special music listening or viewing during these holidays:
  • Donna just recently filmed a little video message (click here to watch!) about our ATN project, so we hope you might take 3 minutes to watch
  • Josie has meanwhile been updating our websites and uploading our latest NFN Online Concert videos, so catch any of the recent Notes for Nourishment events that you missed! (Click here for the Notes for Nourishment YouTube Channel!)
  • It's never too late in the day (or the year!) to give yourself, or others, a gift of our intentionally-created, stress-relieving music: don't forget to order a CD or downloads of our newly released "Against the Noise" album (Click here to the buy/download page on our website or on
We thank you so much for your gifts of donations throughout this past year!

-Your contributions to our monthly NFN Online Concerts have directly benefited numerous nonprofit organizations that nourish the hungry, hurting and homeless throughout your own communities, both nationwide and abroad.

Your separate donations to the Listen4Life Foundation itself have helped keep all of our projects going, including the NFN Online concerts but also:
  • The Travels With Music educational programs online, for free, worldwide, during the pandemic
  • The creation and production of healing music albums and music videos featuring both renowned and emerging artists
  • The recently established ATN project, producing/donating unique mp3 players (preloaded with our ATN tracks) to hospital ICUs and individual patients in a project combining music, neurology,technology and the "seva" (selfless service) of all involved
    Speaking of donations, we are extremely grateful for a longtime LFL donor (and volunteer!) who has offered to MATCH ($ for $) every single contribution that each of you can make, up to $10,000. PLEASE help us continue to magnify the gift of music for the world, and DONATE here!

    With YOUR help with additional donations, we will soon be announcing some very exciting developments on two fronts: new partnerships for the ATN project in hospitals, and a whole new project with a very famous music legend as its director, coming under the LFL umbrella - so that's what we are looking forward to in the new year - what about you? Please keep in touch with us - we love to hear from you individually.

    We all hope that this note will find you and all of your loved ones staying well, and touched by music, throughout the holidays and the start of the new year. You are each in our thoughts, prayers and every note we sing or play.

    Donna Stoering & Josie Chan
    and all the Listen for Life family of projects & people

    Monday, November 30, 2020

    #GivingTuesday and BEYOND: a wonderful donor will match you, $1 for $1 through all of December!


    Listen4Life Foundation
    for #GivingTuesday or beyond!
    a wonderful donor will match you, $1 for $1!
    Breaking News!! One of our longtime individual donors has just offered us a matching $10,000 challenge contribution! For every dollar (or any equivalent currency value) that anyone donates to Listen For Life, they will match it, up to $10,000! And believe me, our projects need every bit of that!

    You can designate your donation to be for a particular project, too, if you wish. It will all count!

    We are so excited (and grateful) but this will only work if you, too, can participate! Here's how:
    • Go to and hit "donate" to do a very safe secure transaction online,
    • or call us (LFL offices: +1 510 540 8136) or email Donna (
    • or mail it (as a check or money order) to Listen for Life offices, c/o Donna Stoering, 1279 Sussex Way, Hayward Calif 94544 USA
    • For your donation/tax records, our EIN# is 65-1200601
    • Every little bit will help us to meet this challenge so we can help more musicians to use their gifts in the service of others. Thanks again!
    If you would like more info on our three focus projects, continue reading below.

    Even just during the past 8-9 months, your support of LFL has empowered our "small but mighty" all-volunteer organization to make a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of individuals, both worldwide and close to home. We've adjusted some of our projects (and added new ones!) to find ways in which we can specifically address the impacts of Covid-19 upon the global community.

    1. Combining music, neurology, and technology, we've created a new project called Against The Noise (ATN for short). It's gaining a lot of excitement worldwide from major research hospitals, doctors, and hospice directors....And it directly helps Covid patients in ICUs!
    And right now, you can support this project in two important ways:
    • If you would like to get a unique holiday gift for a family member or friend, you can donate $50 in their name and that will provide ATN to one more ICU or hospice patient, in a location of your choosing!
    • Or go to and purchase lots of downloads or CDs as gifts for friends - every penny of proceeds from these sales goes towards our providing ATN to more hospitals, hospice centers and Covid patients!
    Again, for complete info, see

    2. Since Covid has forced most education (and travel!) to happen virtually/online, we've made our award-winning educational resource, Travels with Music, available for free online, worldwide - so spread this news to any armchair traveler or any teacher, school curriculum director, homeschooling parent, or disgruntled online student you know! TWM also now has a completely new website (still at

    3. When Covid closed the Notes for Nourishment concerts happening in various venues, our 17-year old volunteer (and NFN performer) Josie Chan recreated the whole concept online - and thanks to her ingenuity, our audiences (and the causes they help us raise funds for) are now global as well! Josie started the NFN LIVE Online monthly series of global broadcasts, and created a new website, ! Your donations made during these online concerts have already raised thousands of dollars for a variety of important causes and nonprofits nourishing their communities. But your ongoing (separate) support of Listen for Life is equally needed, to help us to defray the expenses involved in producing and promoting these NFN concerts!

    So - We have been way too busy doing these important projects (and many more), and chose not to divert any time towards participation in #GivingTuesday fundraising campaigns for this year :(

    If you happen to make end-of-year donations at any time in the coming weeks, we very much hope that you will remember us and include ListenForLife in your contributions. Please.

    But we also value your feedback, thoughts, ideas, contacts, and virtual volunteering, so please be in touch!

    Warmest wishes and deepest thanks-
    from Donna and all of us at Listen for Life
    Questions or concerns?

    Saturday, November 28, 2020

    Join us Sunday, November 29 at 7pm PST for our next online concert and celebration:

    Thanksgiving on Strings

    Important information:

    When: Sunday, Nov. 29 - 7pm PST


    To read about the musicians, continue to read the blog post below. 

    Thank you for joining us and for supporting Barbara Day Turner and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. We are so grateful for you!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Meet the four artists coming into your home on Sunday Nov. 29th (& beyond)...

    We are so grateful that one of our Listen For Life teen volunteers, award-winning 17-year-old pianist Josie Chan, took it upon herself to re-invent our live Notes for Nourishment concerts as online broadcasts this year - some have been livestream, and others have been filmed video productions of live (socially distanced!) rehearsals or performances. It's made for a surprisingly intimate experience, though obviously in a totally different way from sharing live concerts together in a particular venue - but the biggest "plus" is that all of our concerts, artists and causes can now have a worldwide audience; we have the joy of bringing both internationally renowned and emerging young artists into your homes, no matter where you live. 
    So if you would like to know just a teeny bit about the four renowned performers coming to you this Sunday, November 29th, here are their bios (in alphabetical order):

    Philip Brezina
    started playing violin at age five, following the wisdom of the Suzuki program. 
    He went on to do his undergraduate work with David Salness at The University of Maryland. While still a student there, his quartet was selected to lead the inaugural chamber music outreach program, an idea designed to bring music education to under-privileged youth in the region. Philip then received his Masters Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying under Ian Swensen.   He and his wife and two young sons now divide their time between Mexico and San Franciso. In addition to being a sought-after violinist for solo recitals, concert series, chamber music and orchestral repertoire, Philip tours internationally as a fiddler in the highly popular bluegrass band, The Brothers Comatose. He plays gypsy violin in another ensemble, and also works as a studio recording artist with the Magik Magik orchestra. But most importantly, he is the beloved Principal Second Violin chair (and a frequent soloist) for all concerts and recordings of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra under Maestra Barbara Day Turner.                
    Philip has generously given of his time to rehearse and perform with pianist Donna Stoering and other instrumentalists in several Notes for Nourishment concerts over the past few years, raising funds for a variety of causes and nonprofits. He has also just recorded his first solo classical CD, which will be released in 2021. Website:  
    Evan Kahn currently holds principal positions in four orchestras: principal cello in Symphony Silicon Valley and in Opera San Jose, and assistant principal cello in San Jose Chamber Orchestra and West Bay Opera. He is also resident cellist for several Bay Area music collectives such as After Everything, Mythica Foundation and a hip-hop band, Ensemble Mik Nawooj. Intensely passionate about music of non-Western cultures, he has commissioned and premiered over 50 cello works by composers from around the world.
    Evan graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and then received a Masters Degree in chamber music at SFCM, studying with Jennifer Culp. Other major teachers or mentors have included Paul Hersh, Amos Yang, Ian Swensen, Bonnie Hampton, Darrett Adkins, Timothy Lo, David Premo, and artists of the Brentano, Borromeo and Shanghai Quartets. As a soloist, Evan has performed cello concerti with numerous orchestras and festivals, served as Artist-in-Residence with Performance Today on NPR, and in February 2019 was named Musical America's "New Artist of the Month".  
    Instagram: evankahnk Website: 

    Erin Nolan, violist  currently holds the role of Scholarship and Recruitment Manager 
    at NPR’s "From the Top", the national radio program featuring incredible young musicians ages 8-18. She has been part of the From the Top family for 8.5 years and loves every minute of it! Like most violists, Erin began her studies on violin, but grew wise at the age of 11, chose to focus on viola exclusively, and had the wonderful opportunity to work with Ivo-Jan van der Werff from the age of 12. Having grown up largely in Italy and England, Erin received the majority of her training in Europe. She came to the States at the age of 18 to study at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music with James Dunham of the Cleveland String Quartet. As a performer, Erin returned to England after her university studies and worked primarily as a chamber and orchestral musician based in London. She performed and toured extensively as a violist in the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Erin trained with the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Cleveland String Quartets, and in 2004, performed in four Carnegie Hall performances with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project.  Erin’s love of joining other musicians, whether through classical music, prayer music, improvisation, or traditional music of other cultures, has led to her performing with diverse groups throughout Europe and the USA, as well as in Lebanon, Panama, Bosnia, and Croatia. She currently lives in Salt Lake City where she teaches at the Gifted Music School and immensely enjoys the mountains and the beautiful surrounding nature.

    Erin and pianist Donna Stoering recently released a CD of instrumental improvisations, entitled "Against the Noise" on the Acis label ( and this December they are scheduled to record a follow-up collection of improvisations on Christmas carols and other holiday melodies from around the world.                                                       
    Donna Stoering is an international award-winning recording artist, concert  pianist, educator, social entrepreneur, composer, vocal soloist, and TEDx  presenter who founded the global nonprofit Listen For Life when she was  serving as an Artistic Ambassador for both the UK and USA to countries  worldwide. A Marshall Scholar, she spent many years in Europe serving as  Artist in Residence at Oxford University and the University of York, as well as giving masterclasses at the major music conservatories around the globe and judging international piano competitions held in Russia, Italy, UK, USA, Canada, and other countries. Her own teachers and mentors included renowned recording artists Lili Kraus, Philippe Entremont and Sir Georg Solti, but the primary influences on her playing were her first and last teachers, Joyce Grantham and Mary Sauer (famed keyboardist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), respectively.                                                    

    As a classical artist, Donna has performed concerti with major conductors, orchestras and music festivals around the world, and solo recitals in all of the famed concert halls. She also enjoys playing chamber music with renowned instrumentalists from all music cultures, and performing duo-recitals with major international opera stars of La Scala, the Met, the Bolshoi, Munich Opera, the Royal Opera, and many more. (A recent, as yet unreleased recording of Rachmaninov Romances with Russian counter-tenor Andrey Nemzer has been getting tremendous industry acclaim, and she just finished filming two different TV/video specials with Frederica von Stade.....Donna is always looking for exciting new collaborative projects, so get in touch!) .                                                                                

    Donna has been the focus of one-hour specials on BBC Radio, Hong Kong Radio and Television, PBS and NPR stations, and the national networks of numerous countries, from Panama to Turkmenistan. She has performed and hosted programs about classical music on the national  television and radio networks of many countries, and was offered her own 24/7 channel on new digital networks in Asia and Europe; she is in current discussions with digital networks in the USA about a series based on one of her current projects within Listen for Life.  She won a Telly Award for her international TravelsWithMusic series, now available online.   

    Donna has become a sought-after artistic director and producer for music festivals and new performing arts series while hosting podcasts, radio shows and television programs sharing the music and musicians of all cultures. She continues to teach piano and voice, give master-classes on “playing from the core” worldwide, release new recordings and perform concerts, lead international retreats for musicians, and serve as acting Executive Director for ListenForLife, now an all-volunteer global organization with the mission of "inspiring and empowering musicians of all ages and cultures to use their gifts in the service of others".  Donna serves as co-director and/or volunteer on their many projects, including the Notes for Nourishment concerts.
    (Contact: Donna Stoering on FB & LinkedIn.Webpage:
    SO - are you ready to bring these four interesting artists into your home? Here is the link to access the broadcast at 7pm PST on Sunday November 29th (or anytime after that date as well, if you can't make it then):

    Attachments areaYou just have to figure out the relevant start time for your own time zone, and if that makes it 3am or something, don't stay up for it! Once our broadcast has completed, the video recording of that broadcast will then be available (we hope, forever) on our "LFL NotesForNourishment"  YouTube channel (search by concert title and/or broadcast date).