Grand fundraising plan to buy piano for Orange High School taking shape

AIMING FOR A HIGH NOTE: Orange High School music teachers Brian Irvine and Seb Key with students Bella Fox (at back) and Beth Clarke who are enthusiastic about a fundraising to buy a grand piano for the school. Photo: STEVE GOSCH                                                              0501piano1

AIMING FOR A HIGH NOTE: Orange High School music teachers Brian Irvine and Seb Key with students Bella Fox (at back) and Beth Clarke who are enthusiastic about a fundraising to buy a grand piano for the school. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0501piano1

MUSIC teachers at Orange High School have had a special item on their wish-list for the last few years.

Now the music department and the wider community of the school is mobilising to make the dream of owning a grand piano for students to come to fruition.

Music teacher Brian Irvine is enthusiastic about a novel fundraising idea which is underway in conjunction with the school’s music parent body.

“This instrument will support the high level of performance of our students. It will also be a legacy for generations to come,” he said.

Mr Irvine said under the fundraising plan people are being asked to donate $50 which will buy them a piece of the grand piano.

“Our aim is to sell 1000 of the pieces which should get us over the line with enough money,” Mr Irvine said.

Anyone who donates will be recognised with their name appearing on a donation board to be erected at the school.

Orange High School has had an active and progressive music program at the school attracting students from across Orange so they can recognise their full potential.

In conjunction with music studies at the school the music department runs a number of activities during school hours, extending to out of hours activities such as a variety of bands and singing groups.

Solo performers are also encouraged with students over the years going on to pursue a professional career in music.

One of the school’s success stories from the music program is  Matt Hunt who was a keen music student at the school and has gone on to forge a professional career on the musical theatre stage and is currently playing a role in Jersey Boys in London’s West End.

Another is the most recent appointment to the music department Seb Key who is a former music student at the school.

”We have built up such a wonderful alumni,” Mr Irvine said.

To donate call the Orange High School office on 6362 3444.

janice.harris@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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