School pianos get a hard workout from chorus accompanists, aspiring students and youngsters just playing around.
Is it any wonder the piano being used at the Payson High School Auditorium is old and in poor condition? Consequently, it does not meet the standards of most professional pianists and groups.
In an effort to remedy the piano problem at the PHS Auditorium, the Tonto Community Concert Association is launching a campaign to get a concert-quality piano.
"The Tonto Community Concert Association strives to enhance the quality of its acts and artists," said President Marilyn Wolfe in a letter to the group's subscribers to solicit donations. The TCCA will also be accepting donations for the piano at its remaining 2004-2005 concerts.
The TCCA wants to collect $30,000 to buy a piano to meet its artists' standards. The piano will be placed in a secure storage area at the auditorium and made available to other groups presenting musical programs.
Varying levels of contributions are being sought:
- $1,000 and over will put a contributor in the Platinum Key Club;
- $750 to $999, Gold Key Club;
- $500 to $749, Silver Key Club;
- $100 to $499, Black & White Key Club; and
- $10 to $99 for Grand Key Club membership.
The donations are tax deductible. For more information, call (928) 474-6115.