CONTRIBUTES TO COUNTLESS MUSICAL ORGANIZATIONS AND SUPPORTS THE FINE
ARTS, GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WHAT IT GIVES TO CORDOGAN'S.
: Cordogan's announces the "Piano Donation Program"
"Play It Again,
Sam! -- Cordogan's gives pianos a second wind through innovative
Geneva, IL -- Thinking of selling your piano? Cordogan's Pianoland in
Geneva has designed a program to pair up piano donors with
non-for-profit institutions in need of a piano.
For qualifying pianos, Cordogan's will pick up the piano at Cordogan's
expense and provide the donor with an appraised value for tax purposes.
Cordogan's will tune the piano, provide for any necessary repairs,
review their list of non-for-profit institutions who have expressed the
need for a piano and deliver it free of charge -- services which can
easily exceed $1000 per piano. They will even provide the donor plaque
for the piano.
The idea came to a co-owner after donating a piano to a Katrina victim
over the summer. The teenage music teacher of handicapped students
caught his attention when she indicated her piano had be ruined by the
hurricane. When local media picked up on the story, people began
contacting Cordogan's, indicating that they'd also be willing to donate
their piano to a worthy cause.
"We often get calls from organizations asking us to donate a piano, but
calling a piano dealer for that kind of donation is like asking a pew
builder to donate pews to a church. Churches and schools are a big part
of our business," Cordogan said. "Nonetheless, we have become aware of
willing donors, and for any piano dealer to ignore the opportunity to
pair up willing piano donors with hardship situations is almost
culturally irresponsible." To that end, Cordogan's is now actually
going out of their way to find donors and non-for-profit institutions
who are in need of a piano.
Cordogan's participation in providing for the appraisal, move, tuning,
repairs and re-delivery is proving to make this an easy way for people
to give, especially during the holiday season. Such services can easily
otherwise reach $1000 per piano which is often cost prohibitive for
both the donor and the would-be recipient.
"We have a retiring music teacher who is donating a five-year-old,
European-made professional upright valued at $13,000. An elderly lady
in Elgin also just donated a very nice piano." Cordogan's is in the
process of reviewing potential "homes" for these instruments.
If you are in a
position to donate a piano, please fill out our “Instrument For
Sale” form, and under the “Reason for selling”,
indicate that it’s for donation. Please understand that the
response to this program has been overwhelming and Cordogan’s
cannot accept every piano that is available for donation. Our services
involved with each donation piano can exceed $1000 so we begin by
limiting qualifying pianos to being worth at least that much. Beyond
that there can be other hurdles as well – difficulty of move,
amount of work needed, etc. Cordogan’s has donated tens of
thousands of dollars to Chicagoland in pianos – but there is a
limit to what we can do! :)
Cordogan's has donated the use of 12 grand pianos for an annual
fundraising concert calledAmerican Grands,
in which over 300 piano students of all ages -- and from all over
Chicagoland -- get to perform alongside their peers and teachers. This
concert is always completely sold out and helps benefit Elgin Community
College's Visual & Performing Arts Center.
Over 300 performers sharing twelve
grand pianos is the essence of the Cordogan's sponsored "American
Grands" concert annually held at Elgin Community College.
If you haven't experienced the power of music lately, thirty seconds of
sitting in this audience will remind you. Seeing children as young as 7
years old wearing tuxedos or sequined gowns while gaining the unique
stage experience at the hands of over 1000 concertgoers is a most
extensively funds the St.Charles Art & Music festival, bringing
world-class artists such as John Browning, Pinchas Zuckerman, Leon
Bates, Christopther Parkening, and George Shearing to Chicago's western
"Jazz legend George
Shearing performing at the St. Charles Art & Music Festival"
offers the $5000 grand prize for the winner of the International Piano
Competition featured at the bi-annual St. Charles Art & Music
supports local tuner and teacher organizations by loaning out their
facility at no charge for chapter meetings.
area piano technician Bruce Dornfeld discusses action regulation with a
local Piano Technicians Guild chapter at Cordogan's."
offers continuing eduaction seminars to teachers, helping grow the
Dillion, Education Consultant, and Travis Mitchell, Roland District
Manager and digital piano expert, offer teachers advice on implementing
technology into their curricula at a Cordogan's seminar, November 2002."
help fund events at the following Chicagoland learning institutions:
offers free recitals, shows and in-store performances for the community
from local talents to famous performers such as the late Steve Allen or
Nickelodeon's Blues Clues.
Clues entertained over 1000 people during six free shows given at
Cordogan's Geneva location"
Wheaton College have established the G.W. Cordogan Memorial
Scholarship, partially funding tuition for those in need of financial
was a well-respected instructor adept
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supports several charity auctions each year, providing goods and
services that fund the cause.
Cordogan's has regularly hosted free school tours of their stores.
Today's tours also include access to their Geneva piano remanufacturing
facility, offering groups a fun, educational lesson in the history of
the piano. Visitors receive "goody bags" including coloring books,
pens, and other musical novelties.
John Grune accompanies Connie on the trumpet."
"And NOW --
Mr. Notes and Miss Melody entertain a school tour by playing an
interactive rhythm game."