It’s an extraordinary gift that music lovers will enjoy for years to come in the Sol and Jean Davidow Performing Arts Theatre at Salem Community College. The SCC Oak Singers dedicated a baby grand piano – a gift from the Memorial Baptist Church of Salem to the SCC Foundation -- at its recent holiday concert.
Before a large turnout, Oak Singers Music Director Kahlil Gunther recognized church members George and Carol Reese, Richard Young and Patricia Bullock for making the donation possible. Gunther also recognized Dot Hall for fully underwriting the moving expense and the addition of the piano’s undercarriage to allow for safe movement. The piano became available when the Memorial Baptist Church closed in May.
Upon becoming director in June, Gunther recalled he spoke with the Oak Singers’ Board of Directors about purchasing a new piano. “Within a month, we received information about the potential for the donation of an instrument from Memorial Baptist,” he said. “I arranged to go look at it, and was amazed at its condition and quality.
“It turns out that their congregation had raised funds for the piano probably not 10 years earlier and were very interested in finding a good home for it in the county,” continued Gunther. “We're very pleased to have it at SCC and know that it will be used for many years by the Oak Singers as well as by visiting groups to the College."
Memorial Baptist Board of Trustees Chair and Church Moderator George Reese said church members are delighted the piano found a new home in Salem County. “We are thrilled to be able to donate the piano to the Salem Community College Foundation,” said Reese. “We’re really glad it will be used in the future.”
Caption: The Salem Community College Oak Singers dedicated a baby grand piano – a gift from the Memorial Baptist Church of Salem to the SCC Foundation -- at its recent holiday concert. Seated is Oak Singers’ piano accompanist Laurie Goforth. Photo by Noah McFadden.