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David Ilvedson Memorial Grants

In memory of a beloved member and former President, the San Francisco Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild has established this scholarship program to assist its Associate Members with the financial challenges of advancing their careers. Grants are available to defray the cost of first-time attendance at PTG conventions or conferences, and to assist with the RPT exam fees.

Associate Members of the San Francisco Chapter in good standing (as defined in the PTG by-laws) may apply for grants to cover up to 50% of a tuning or technical exam fee (including retakes) and up to 50% of the registration fee at a state or regional conference sanctioned by the PTG or up to 50% of the registration fee at a PTG Annual Convention. Grants cannot be used for the costs of events sponsored by PTG chapters, businesses, educational institutions, other organizations, private parties, or any other conferences, classes or educational offerings not formally sanctioned by the PTG. Sanctioned conventions and conferences are listed on the “Coming Events” page of the PTG Journal and on the PTG website under “Coming Events”. 

Grants are intended for Associate members to whom exam fees or convention/conference registration costs would constitute a true hardship, and an obstacle to attendance or testing. However, as it is not the chapter’s business to examine its members’ finances for proof of need, the chapter will rely on the honor system in its grant approval process.

Eligible Associate Members seeking grants for convention, conference or exam expenses may submit a completed application form with appropriate receipts to the Chapter President immediately after the event or exam – but no later than 30 days after that date. Applications will not be accepted in advance of any event. The applications will be reviewed by the chapter’s Board of Directors, and the applicant will be notified of the outcome by a Chapter officer.

Approved grants are disbursed from a fund with a dedicated revenue stream from class fees and private contributions. Grants may only be disbursed up to the amount available in the fund at the time an application is received. Grants to any one member in any one calendar year may not exceed $250, and priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a grant.

The conditions of this program may be changed by the San Francisco Chapter of the PTG at any time.


David Ilvedson, RPT

1950 - 2010

David Ilvedson was a piano man in all senses of the word – technician, musician, teacher. Inspired by his musical family – his father, sister and brother all played the piano – David decided early in life that chances would be better to make it in the piano world if he could also tune the instruments. He completed a course in Piano Technology at Western Iowa Technical Community College, one among many top-notch technicians trained there. His love of adventure brought him to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived out of his van while getting established. He did a lot of work for the then upstart concert services outfit Pro Piano (now a respected firm operating on both coasts) and managed to connect with Billy Joel, with whom he toured the world for three years as his “roady” piano technician. He and his wife Kat settled in Pacifica – where for a time David operated a rebuilding shop, hosted many PTG San Francisco chapter functions, administered RPT technical exams and kept the Chapter and NorCal Exam Board archives. His clients included Stanford University, the San Francisco Ballet, the American conservatory theater and many other performance venues in and around San Francisco.

As San Francisco Chapter President in the mid 1990’s David introduced adventurous and innovating programming into the chapter’s activities – many of them of the “Hands-On” variety.  As San Francisco’s delegate to the PTG California State committee David helped organize several California State Conferences, and managed one. He also resurrected a disorganized Northern California Area Exam Board, straightened out its tangled finances and served as Treasurer until the day before he died…

As a musician, David led the MOjazz Little Big Band – a swing and R&B group regularly performing to rave reviews in and around Pacifica - played the keyboards in it and wrote original music for it. He also organized and taught music programs in Pacifica’s schools, besides maintaining the town’s Mildred Owen Concert Hall – pianos, building, equipment - at no charge. Always generous with his time and skills, David helped many beginning technicians learn their trade and get established – teaching skills, sharing his knowledge, providing guidance.  Patient, open, full of wit and humor, direct and honest to a fault – but always supportive – he enriched many people’s lives. David, we will never forget you…


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