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Introducing the Todd Barron Instrument Donation Fund

Palm Beach Symphony is pleased to announce the Todd Barron Instrument Donation Fund. Funds raised for this purpose will go directly towards putting musical instruments into the hands of promising young musicians.

Todd Barron impacted the lives of hundreds of underserved children over the past 20 years by working with various arts and community organizations to raise funds to provide musical opportunities for local children and to support music education programs.

Todd has been a longtime supporter and volunteer for Palm Beach Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and the Boys and Girls Club of Wellington. In 2014, he was a founding member and the first president of the executive board of the Young Friends of the Palm Beach Symphony. Todd was instrumental in creating fun and memorable experiences for the Young Friends that drew in members and generated new patrons for the Palm Beach Symphony.

In addition to his efforts to create and grow the Young Friends of the Palm Beach Symphony from 30 members at its inception, to the current membership of almost 100 young friends, Todd also served as the Young Patrons Chairperson for the 2016 Palm Beach Opera Gala. At the same time, he held the position of president of the executive board of the Boys and Girls Club of Wellington, where he worked tirelessly to bring music into the lives of the club members. He raised money to create a choral program for the club members. Todd wanted the children to receive musical training without imposing a financial burden on their families.

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Instrument Donation Program

Palm Beach Symphony happily accepts donations of professional or amateur quality band and orchestral instruments.  All instrument donors and/or those who make a monetary contribution of $50 or more to this Instrument Donation Program will receive a tax-deductible itemized letter of receipt and two complimentary tickets to one of our Masterworks Concerts of your choosing.  

Your dollars make a difference!  They go towards the purchase of new instruments and accessories and repairs of used instruments, and to cover the cost of moving and tuning pianos.  We also purchase music technology equipment upon request.  

We ensure instruments meet performance standards through an evaluation, repair, and sterilization process.  They are then donated to underserved schools within the School District of Palm Beach County as well as individual students in need.  Winners of our annual Lisa Bruna B-Major Awardfor seniors in high school seeking to major in music at an institution of higher education also benefit from our Instrument Donation Program by receiving a new instrument.  All of the instruments we donate come fully equipped with appropriate accessories such as bows, rosin, reeds, and mouthpieces, and are sanitized by instrument technicians.  

Instruments & Accessories We Accept

Strings (Any Size):
- Violin
- Viola
- Cello
- Double Bass
- Harp

- Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Bass Flute
- Oboe, English Horn
- Clarinets: Bb, A, Eb, Bass Clarinet
- Saxophones: Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass
- Bassoon, Contrabassoon
- Recorders

- French Horn
- Trumpets: Bb, C
- Trombones: Tenor, Bass
- Euphonium
- Baritone
- Sousaphone
- Mellophone
- Tuba

We accept an extensive array of percussion instruments

- Acoustic
- Electric
- Bass
- Ukelele

Pianos & Electric Keyboards:
We accept electric keyboards with their adapters.  Pianos: we are accepting only a limited number of pianos that are in excellent condition.  Please identify the date the piano must be picked up by and send photos of the piano to begin an assessment, including pictures of the entire keyboard, the pedals, the make/model and serial number, under the lid to show all strings and hardware, and the wooden casing of the instrument to bseliger@palmbeachsymphony.org.

Music Technology Equipment:
We accept music technology equipment that is compatible with current software, computers, and electronic devices.  

- Bows (any size) for violin, viola, cello, double bass. Cases for bows.
- Music stands
- Music stand lights
- Instrument stands
- Instrument cases to any instruments noted above
- Metronomes
- Tuners
- Mutes
- Rosin
- Strings
- Valve oil
- Cork grease
- Polishing cloths
- Swabs for inside instruments
- Reeds (new and in original sealed packaging)

To Donate an Instrument

You may drop off an instrument(s) and accessories at our Palm Beach Symphony office Monday through Friday between 10am-4pm. We are located at the address below inside the Community Foundation building, and you may park in our building's parking lot. You will not be towed. A letter of receipt will be sent to you in the near future that includes receipt of your tax-deductible donation and information on complimentary tickets to a Masterworks Concert.

Palm Beach Symphony
700 South Dixie Highway
Suite 100
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Alternatively, please provide your name, email, phone number, instrument type/make/brand, condition, and other pertinent information by email. Attach photos, if possible. Please send the information to the Symphony directly by clicking herewith the subject line “Instrument Donation” or call the Symphony administrative office at 561-655-2657.

Teachers: Submit an Instrument Request for a School

Click hereto submit your instrument requests to the Symphony. Nominators must be made by a school music teacher or administrator.

Instrument Nomination Form

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For more information, please contact:
Bryce Seliger, DMA
Education & Programming Associate

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