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From Our Patron Chair


Dear Cleveland Heights High Band and Orchestra Patrons and Friends,

As a proud alum of Cleveland Heights High School, I ask you to please support BOPO, the Band and Orchestra Parents Organization. Students are back in the classroom, the Marching Band is on the field, and the Band and Orchestra rehearse daily; the energy is amazing! I make my living in Cleveland Heights playing and teaching violin and viola, and I owe so much to the IMD. Mr. Bergantino lent me my first viola and once I found my voice on this instrument I never wanted to stop playing. Performing with my friends at Heights and on tours were some of the highlights of my Heights experience. I want the Heights music program to remain strong while my kids, both violinists, are in the IMD. BOPO’s annual fundraising supports the good work of the CHHS Instrumental Music Department (IMD) and keeps the music playing.

Heights IMD turns 100 this year! To celebrate we are planning a student/alumni concert on Saturday, February 5, 2022. Alumni are invited to either perform on stage with the students under the skilled batons of current and past directors, or to listen, enjoy the evening, and reminisce with your fellow IMD alumni. To commemorate 100 years, BOPO is spearheading a fundraiser to upgrade to the acoustics in the visually stunning, but acoustically challenging auditorium. New acoustic panels and shells are necessary to project the sound correctly. This upgrade will complete the renovation of our performance space which began in 2015. Everyone will benefit - the IMD, the VMD, the theatre program, and our music loving community. The projected cost for this upgrade is $150,000.

Your donation will foster the proud tradition of excellence in Heights High’s instrumental music education and will help us reach our goal of updating the acoustics of the auditorium. Thank you for your support of our student musicians.

Thank you,

Laura Shuster, Patron Chair, CHHS class of 1989

Donate by PayPal Giving Fund or by check made out to "BOPO" and mailed to: Laura Schuster, BOPO Patron Chair, 2121 Lamberton Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.

If you want to, please specify whether your contribution is for the annual fund or acoustics upgrade.

Thank you for your support! BOPO is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax deductible.