Piano gifted to middle school

  • WMS/CWUES Music Teacher Serena Gorham plays the recently donated baby grand piano for the first class of choir at the school. Photos courtesy of Patti Osgood

  • WMS/CWUES Music Teacher Serena Gorham plays the recently donated baby grand piano for the first class of choir at the school —Courtesy of Patti Osgood

  • Some of the 50 plus members of the Weare Middle/Center Woods Upper Elementary School choir singing with the Henry Miller Baby Grand Piano played by their music teacher as an accompaniment.

Published: 12/1/2021 1:21:21 PM

On Nov. 19, the rich sounds of a Henry Miller Baby Grand Piano filled the room at the Weare Middle/Center Woods Upper Elementary Schools, the new home for a piano graciously donated to the school by the family of Jeanne Vint of Salem.

“The family of Ms. Vint knew Sue Williams, a music teacher at John Stark,” said WMS/CWUES music teacher Serena Gorham. “When Ms. Williams told them that the high school already had a baby grand, but that the middle school did not, they graciously offered this beautiful piano to us.” Gorham continued.

Principal Shawne Hilliard explained that the cost of moving and tuning the piano was a consideration in accepting the gift but that anonymous cash donations combined with a discount from the moving company (Trend Moving and Storage) covered nearly all of those costs.

“In this season of giving thanks and showing gratitude for others, these gifts are the ultimate demonstration of a giving community, and we are so grateful for this donation,” said Principal Hilliard.

The gift of this piano comes at a time when the music program at WMS is exploding.

“This is my third year here,” said Ms. Gorham, “And we now have 130 students involved in music outside of the classroom in the choir, band, and beginning band.” Due to the size of the groups and the new baby grand, music concerts have moved into the gym.

“Being involved in music is like being on a sports team,” commented Ms. Gorham. “We have fewer games (concerts), but we have a lot of practices that allow students to learn, help each other grow, and celebrate that growth,” she concluded.

Jeanne Vint attended the New School of Music in Philadelphia in 1949, training to become a concert pianist and spending time performing chamber music accompanied by violin and cello. She enjoyed playing classical music throughout her life and recorded a ‘78 phonograph record. The family hopes that the gifting of this piano to Weare Middle School will in some small way allow her legacy to live on.




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