Joel Barlow High School retires 30-year-old piano

Joel Barlow High School has a new piano, thanks to contributions from school and community groups, parents and many others.

Over the course of 30 seasons, concerts, musicals, plays, speak-outs, assembly programs, film viewings, awards ceremonies, and inductions have been held in the auditorium at Joel Barlow High School. Throughout that time, one thing has remained constant: the same Yamaha G3 grand piano that arrived in the early 1980s.

While the instrument has served the community well, in recent years it has begun to look and sound tired, no longer up to the standard required of an instrument so central to the musical life at Barlow.

In fall 2009, music teachers Christopher Breault and Juliane Givoni began facilitating the purchase, maintenance, and storage of a new piano for the auditorium. With the support of many parents and community members, the Parent Teacher Student Association Arts Council, the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Head of School Tom McMorran, and the Region 9 Board of Education, the goal has been achieved.

Thanks to the commitment and generosity of Barlow alumni Paul and Dennis Fry, owners of Fry’s Pianos in Fairfield, the new piano was delivered to the Barlow auditorium on Oct. 26.

The piano will provide Barlow music students with a quality instrument that will support and showcase their efforts and abilities for many years to come.

Planning is under way for a special piano recital, featuring students, alumni, friends, and faculty. At the recital, a plaque will be unveiled, honoring the generous community contributions.

Details about the event will be made public as they become available.

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