The parish has purchased a new piano for the liturgy. This has been on our wish list for awhile. The old one had a cracked sound board, and we limped along with it for several years. It required frequent tuning to keep it sounding acceptable.
Kelley Smith, our Music Liturgist, has done due diligence in finding the best instrument for the money. With the trade-in for the old piano, the new (13 years old, one private owner) concert grand cost $26,000.
We have some donations toward this cost, but the Finance Council has plans for a year-end drive to pay for the rest, similar to the drive we had for the restoration of the pews. We will be telling you more about that in a few weeks. The drive for the pews netted more than we needed, so the extra went into our Capital Reserve fund, which we use to purchase/repair various things that crop up suddenly. If we collect more than we need for the piano, we will reserve the extra for the next big purchase, which will probably be the church air conditioning system. It is original to the building and has been limping along for quite awhile. We would like to get ahead of that so we can replace it next spring before it crashes on us.
I want to say a word of thanks to Kelley and our other organists: Cathy Harmes, Geralyn Tracz, and Mary Guttieri. They have been patient with an instrument that, for several years now, has not sounded true to a musician’s ears.
~ Fr. Frank Coady