(Piano and Organ)
At our May 2004 business meeting we approved a plan to purchase a piano
for St Mary's Church because it would greatly enhance our worship
recitals and regular services and because it would be a great benefit
to St Mary's that has provided us home. We agreed that we would
raise the money from extra donations and approved spending up to
$10,000 for this purpose.
In Aug 2004 we had a unique opportunity to purchase a very nice grand
piano from an aging professional musician who had to move from her home
and sell two pianos. She was asking $20,000 for one of them and
$3500 for the other, but because she was anxious to sell it quickly she
offered the less expensive one to us for $1800 and even though our
piano fund still had no contributions we decided to go ahead with the
purchase on faith. It was a much better piano than we had thought
we could get and at a much lower price. Moving and tuning the
piano added quite a bit and so our total cost was $3670. Still
well below our approved limit of $10,000.
We've all been enjoying this wonderful instrument used at most services
and at our Thanksgiving and Easter Worship Recitals. But now we
must follow through with the donations to cover this cost and restore
our reserve funds.
In addition, the organ we all enjoy at St Mary's needs some minor work
that St Mary's has not been able to accomplish. It involves some
adjustments, tuning and voicing, especially the foot pedals, some of
which are mistuned by more than an entire pedal or two. We need
to complete this work before our Jun 25, 2005 concert by the organist
Esther Wideman (its really unplayable for serious music). Our May
2005 business meeting approved up to $300 for this purpose and proposed
that we establish a "Music Instrument Fund" combining the piano and
organ needs. Rounding up a little, we wish to raise $4000 to
restore the funds spent on the piano and the organ repair.
As of June 13, 2005 we have only $200 in the fund, so we have a quite a
ways to go. Please consider making a special donation for this
fund (please mark it on the check or include a note). We need
this in addition to your regular donations. We'd like to complete
this fund before the end or our 2005/2006 year (ie, before June
2006). Please help us.
Some picture of the piano: