Illinois’s Elgin Symphony Orchestra has joined together with the School District 300 Foundation for Educational Excellence (Carpentersville, Ill.) for a musical instrument drive. Since June 9, when the drive began, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra has been collecting new and gently used musical instruments that the school district will use as a “lending library” for area middle school children interested in music. The drive runs through the start of the orchestra’s season on October 1. Diane Magerko, District 300 Foundation’s Performing Arts Chair, said of the project, “With widespread budget cuts and lack of public funds, our schools depend on fundraising and the goodwill of partners like the ESO to provide students with much-needed instruments.” Those participating in the instrument drive will receive a coupon for discounted tickets to an Elgin Symphony classics or pops performance during the 2010-11 season.

July 9, 2010