Medford schools seek help buying pianos

Medford School District is looking for financial help from the community to buy new pianos for the city's high schools.

Community members can purchase parts of an instrument from a "piano menu" that includes strings, for $10; keys, $25; pedals, $50; legs, $100; or lids, $500.

The district music department has raised more than $24,000 through grants and donations so far toward pianos for its theaters and music rooms at North Medford and South Medford high schools, it said in a statement today.

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.

"The community outpouring has been inspiring," said project coordinator Andrea Brock. "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."

Community members who would like to contribute may do so by contacting Brock at 541-842-3680 or by sending a donation to the Medford School District for the New Schools New Pianos Project at 500 Monroe St., Medford, OR 97501.

— Paris Achen

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