Children’s Instrument Recovery Program
How would you like to make a real difference in a child’s life? It’s easy when you’re part of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra’s Children’s Instrument Recovery Program (ChIRP).
If you have a used musical instrument that you’re no longer playing, make a tax deductible donation of that instrument to the Orchestra. We’ll have it repaired, then we’ll lend it to a student who might otherwise be unable to afford to participate in their school music program. Don’t have a used instrument? Don’t worry – we take monetary donations, too!
The members of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra feel that music should be available to everyone, regardless of their circumstances. Our Children’s Instrument Recovery Program (CHIRP) takes donations of used musical instruments, refurbishes them, then loans them to students who would otherwise be unable to play in their school music programs. Recent budget cutbacks have made programs like CHIRP more vital than ever before; every child deserves the chance to experience the joy and sense of connection that playing an instrument gives.
***Donations of instruments made by appointment only***
Here’s what one mother has to say about the impact ChIRP has had on her family –
“My daughter Sofia really wanted to learn the flute. She is already taking violin, so the extra cost for another instrument rental I wasn’t sure she would stick with made me hesitant. She told me her violin teacher said she could borrow one from where she worked. We were excited to learn from Audrey Williams that we could borrow the flute at no cost. I am very glad my daughter, because of CHIRP, could further explore her musical interest. Thank you!”
Hannah’s mother said the following about ChIRP,
“Hannah is so excited about her new violin! She has cleaned the case and the instrument already, and is currently walking about the house playing it! ”
Val and her ChIRP Violin!
Above is a picture of Lucas Nelson Marvell of Bloomington String Instruments. Lucas repairs all the stringed instruments for ChIRP.