Medford schools get donations, grants for piano purchases

The Medford School District music department has raised more than $24,000 to buy new pianos for their theaters and music rooms at North Medford and South Medford high schools.

The New Schools, New Pianos Project coordinator, Andrea Brock, has been working to raise the money for the instruments since last January. The funds have been raised through grants and community donations.

A new piano for the new South Medford High School theater has been purchased and placed in its new home, but the South choir room still needs a piano. The school is still $2,000 short of the piano's $15,000 price tag.

This fall, the project will focus on raising money to purchase a slightly-used Kawai grand piano for $25,000. It will be used on the stage of the North High Sjolund Auditorium. Community members are supporting the project by purchasing parts of each instrument from a "Piano Menu."

A string is the least expensive item on the menu, going for $10, keys can be purchased for $25, a pedal for $50, a leg for $100 and a lid for $500.

"The community outpouring has been inspiring," Brock said in a release Monday. "We have received 75 individual donations totaling nearly $9,000. Many people realize that this will bring a sense of importance to the music programs in our high schools in the same way that upgrading a stadium or re-flooring a basketball gymnasium would bring importance to the athletic programs."

Booster clubs from both schools have supported the project, and several prominent community members, including Sherm and Wanda Olsrud, have also given their support.

Community members who would like to donate may do so by calling Brock at 541-842-3680 or sending a donation to the Medford School District for the New Schools New Pianos Project at South Medford, North Medford or the district's central office at 500 Monroe St.

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