ChIRP

 

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***

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Here’s what one mother has to say about the impact ChIRP has had on her family –

Sofia with her new flute from ChIRP.

Sofia with her new flute from ChIRP.

“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!”

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 Hannah’s mother said the following about ChIRP,

Hannah and her violin

“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! ”

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Jody had the following to say about what ChIRP has done for her son…
“I couldn’t believe that Charlie would be allowed to bring home this beautiful violin to practice on… I can’t tell you how incredible I think this program is!  I feel my son and I have truly been blessed to live in Bloomington, a city that sees music as a way for a child to be part of a community.  My son is not a jock, he’s not a brainiac, he’s not the most popular, but he does light up when he plays the violin. “
Charlie and his violin

Charlie and his violin

Charlie playing!!

Charlie playing!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Val and her ChIRP Violin!

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Another happy musician!

Another happy musician!

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Lucas Nelson Marvell

Above is a picture of Lucas Nelson Marvell of Bloomington String Instruments.  Lucas repairs all the stringed instruments for ChIRP.

To contact Lucas Marvell for your own String repairs/ bow rehairs, email at:
bloomingtonstrings@gmail.com OR 812-946-2313
www.bloomingtonstrings.com
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For parents of kids who want to participate in ChIRP –

  • Your child must be either enrolled in a school music program or signed up for private lessons so they understand how to treat the instrument.
  • Each instrument is loaned for one year. The condition of the instrument will be assessed at that time, when a new contract may be signed to renew the loan.
  • Your child must be under the age of 18 years old.

To DONATE or PARTICIPATE in ChIRP, contact
Audrey Jo Williams – bso.chirp@gmail.com
812-345-7303