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January 7, 2012 - Keying Up the Community

January 7, 2012 08:00 AM


What’s black and white and coming to the Appleton Public Library? If you guessed a grand piano, you guessed right. The Fox Valley Music Teachers Association (FVMTA) is hoping to raise $40,000 in order to buy a quality grand piano for the Appleton Public Library.

Buying a community piano has been a long-time goal for the FVMTA, partly because many of its members teach piano themselves and have trouble finding free performance spaces with quality equipment for their students, says Maggie Hendrick, the Piano Project Committee Co-Chair.

“We feel music is really important and this is just providing another option, another opportunity, for music to happen,” she says.

Partnering with Heid Music, the FVMTA will provide $5,000 for the project, money that has been saved for years for this very purpose. Hendrick says that the lower level of the Appleton Public Library is a perfect choice for the piano because of the humidity controlled environment and wide public access. It will be a space where anyone can perform.

At the moment the FVMTA has their eye on a Yamaha C6 Grand Piano, but the $40,000 will also provide a lock, a dolly for the piano, a duet bench, and recognition plaques for major donors. If the FVMTA surpasses their goals they may look into buying a higher-end model or starting a future maintenance fund for the communal clavichord.

Hendrick says that this project has been in the works for quite a while. With several of the Piano Project Committee members beginning to near retirement, now seems like a perfect time to jump on the opportunity.

"Everyone's ready to make this happen at this point,” she says.

The FVMTA will be holding a concert at Heid Music’s monthly “Steinway and a Sandwich” event to raise awareness on March 2, 2012.

Article courtesy Fox Cities magazine