School pianos get a hard workout from chorus accompanists, aspiring students and youngsters just playing around.
It's no wonder the piano used at the Payson High School Auditorium is old and in poor condition, and doesn't meet the standards of most professional pianists and groups.
In an effort to remedy the piano problem, the Tonto Community Concert Association has launched a campaign to purchase a concert-quality piano.
"The Tonto Community Concert Association strives to enhance the quality of its acts and artists. A key element in presenting many of these successful concerts is having an adequate grand piano," said President Marilyn Wolfe in a letter to the group's subscribers to solicit donations at the start of the campaign earlier this year.
The TCCA's goal is to collect $30,000 for a piano to meet its artists' standards.
This week, the TCCA is taking the piano campaign up an octave. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the TCCA has received a two-to-one challenge grant of $5,000 with the stipulation that $10,000 be raised in the next 90 days.
"We are optimistic that we can meet this goal and purchase a fine concert grand piano in the fall that will become a permanent component of our concert series," said TCCA Publicity Chairman Allen Fisher in his June 27 letter to members about the new phase of the campaign.
Varying levels of contributions are being sought from businesses, clubs, organizations and individuals:
- $1,000 and over will put a contributor in the Platinum Key Club;
- $750 to $999 will be the 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 Wolfe at (928) 474-6115.
The piano will be placed in a secure storage area at the auditorium and made available to other groups presenting musical programs.