For the last three summers, the streets of downtown Lancaster have been alive with music, thanks to the “Keys for the City” project created by Music For Everyone (MFE), a local non-profit charitable organization that raises money and awareness for music programs in Lancaster County, particularly focused on music education in the schools.
Sponsoring organizations donate funds for pianos and design and paint them for a city-wide exhibit created to spark spontaneous and interactive musical creativity. The art on the pianos – all scattered around downtown Lancaster landmarks – provided a colorful and impressive display. For the past 2 years, Willow Valley has sponsored a painted piano for the project.
This year when the summer display ended, Willow Valley donated the piano to Cocalico Middle School where it now resides for students and visitors to enjoy.
Last year, Willow Valley’s donated piano went to Pequea Valley Intermediate School in Lancaster County. Robert Corrao, Instrumental Music Teacher, was delighted. “As soon as the piano arrived,” he said, “it quickly attracted a lot of attention and became a source of pride and a source of music making.”
The staff at Pequea Valley felt the piano “should not only be thought of as a work of art, but a source of art,” Mr. Corrao explained. Willow Valley’s piano is located in the school’s lobby, and students and staff are welcome to perform on it anytime during the day. “We feel this piano will create a more inviting atmosphere for the students and visitors and help our students see the value of generosity and the importance of doing kind things for others.” Mr. Corrao added, “We hope this instrument will help inspire our students for years to come.”