The Nashville Symphony has completed the process of replacing its Instrument Petting Zoo, which was destroyed in the May 2010 flood of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, thanks to a donation of 24 instruments (valued at $23,500) from instrument manufacturer KHS America. The Petting Zoo is a collection of 50 instruments and an important part of the Symphony’s educational programming.
“Our commitment to music education is strong, and we are looking forward to participating in Nashville’s music education community,” says Tabor Stamper, president of KHS America. “Together with the public school systems, with the private music education programs, with the strong university music performance and education programs, with the Nashville Symphony and the music industry, we stand ready to participate in keeping Nashville the Music City and strengthening a name for Nashville as the ‘Music Education City’ as well.”
KHS America, the manufacturer and distributor of Jupiter wind instruments, Mapex drums, Majestic concert percussion, Altus flutes and Walden guitars, relocated its US operations from Austin, TX to the Nashville area earlier this month. A Grand Opening ceremony will be held at 5pm October 2 at the KHS offices located at 12020 Eastgate Blvd., Mt. Juliet, TN. Nashville Symphony VP of Education and Community Engagement Mitchell Korn will be on hand for the event.
“The support we have received from the Nashville community has been inspiring,” says Korn, “and we are so pleased to accept this gift from this new partner in the music industry. While this donation from KHS has completed the restoration of our Instrument Petting Zoo, the Symphony will continue to find new ways of advancing music education in the Metro Nashville Public School system and throughout the entire Middle Tennessee region.”