When the Ridgeview Foundation asked the music department at Ridgeview Charter Middle School for its wish list, a performance-quality grand piano topped the list.

In less than a week, the School Governance Board donated more than 50 percent of the cost to the piano fund.  The PTA, individual families and chorus students donated enough to buy a cover for the piano.

“Our Ridgeview community, recognizing the importance of the performing arts in the education of the entire student, has come together to enable our students to have the best performance opportunities through the purchase of a Kawai 6’ 1” concert piano,” said Dr. Susan Messer, the chorus teacher at Ridgeview, in a press release.

To showcase the new instrument and talent at RCS, Ridgeview Foundation will be host a Recital in the Round and Dessert Reception on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. in the RCS gymnasium. Guest musicians include the music faculty. Tickets are $10 each or $25 per family and may be purchased at the door.

Dr. Susan Messer shows off the music department’s new grand piano.