BY JENNIFER BOSKET, TuHS CHOIR BOOSTER PRESIDENT
Besides a dedicated choir director, can you guess what a high school music program needs in order to be successful each day? Yes, a piano! The Tualatin High School vocal music program is asking the generous Tualatin community to help us close the gap in our endeavor to purchase a new piano.
TuHS choir director, Kim Kroeger, says that our current piano is 25 years old and has played a significant role in the vocal music education for approximately 7,000 – 9,000 high school students over that time. Unfortunately, this piano regularly goes out of tune due to heavy use and changes in temperature and humidity. As you can imagine, this has taken its toll over 25 years.
This piano is used for 3-4 music classes each day as well as personal vocal lessons after school for students preparing for recitals, competitions, or one of our four annual concerts. In addition, our piano gets used to prepare our students for the musical each year. This year’s TuHS musical is “Shrek”, which will run six performances over two weekends, Jan. 20, 21, 22 and Jan. 27, 28, 29. The community is invited to purchase tickets at webstore.ttsd.k12.or.us/lite.
Past and current choir students and the TuHS Choir Boosters have been fundraising for this piano for several years and have decided to allocate $25,000 to the project. We are asking for your help in raising the additional $15,000 needed to purchase our next piano that should last another 25+ years.
For those of you who are curious, we are looking at a new Yamaha model C3X (6’01”) grand piano with a polished ebony finish. The retail price is $60,229 but we can purchase it for $39,800. This is an amazing piano, an amazing price and an amazing opportunity.
The piano is an investment for our current and future talented singers. When you donate, you will receive a receipt and information regarding our non-profit 501 © (3) status.
If you would like to donate, please go to youcaring.com and search Tualatin Choir Piano Fund.
Thank you, Tualatin, for always being a great supporter of our schools and our efforts to make the arts an important part of your students’ lives and a part of this great community.