The Albany Performing Arts Center and the Greater Albany Public Schools Music programs have kicked off a fundraising campaign to replace our grand piano. The instrument we currently have came to West Albany High School as a donation from the Presbyterian Church in Corvallis after serving there for a very long time. Prior to that, it belonged to the University of Oregon, and it began its life with the USO in roughly 1917. We have loved having this instrument, but at around 106 years old, the kind of service it needs to be fully functional is no longer feasible.
The new instrument will be a Yamaha C7 seven-foot concert grand. We are now in the fundraising phase of our project. We are asking for your help to purchase the piano and necessary accessories to keep it safe and well maintained.
The APAC serves all of the schools in the Greater Albany School District, grades K-12. It hosts all of our band concerts, choir concerts, plays, musicals, elementary programs and district presentations. It also hosts performances by the Willamette Valley Symphony, the Willamette Valley Concert Band, multiple dance companies and theater companies. Annually, the APAC holds over 100 public performances and events. This doesn’t include the hundreds of rehearsals for these performances. This grand piano will be available for all of these users and events. Few things last as long as a well-maintained grand piano. Once it is here, it will serve generations of students and be available to our community for decades to come.
We encourage you to share this with your friends and fellow supporters of the performing arts. The link to contribute online can be found below. We have a number of suggested donation levels, but all donations are welcome.
These donation levels are:
- $100 to $249 – Key
- $250 to $499 – Major Third
- $500 to $999 – Perfect Fifth
- $1000 to $2499 – Perfect Octave
- $2500 – Grand Donors (Donors at the Grand level also have the option of having their name engraved on one of the seatback plaques in the APAC)
You can also make donations directly to the APAC with checks, cash or cards at West Albany High School.
Checks can be made out to:
Albany Performing Arts Center (APAC)
2100 Elm St SW
Albany, OR 97321
Memo: Grand Piano Campaign
Thank you for being a patron of the Albany Performing Arts Center and supporting music in our schools. Please consider helping us provide this fantastic instrument for all of our musicians, young and old!