From Our Patron Chair

Dear Cleveland Heights High Band and Orchestra Patrons, Alumni, and Friends,

As a proud alum of Cleveland Heights High, I ask you to please support BOPO, the Band and Orchestra Parents Organization. I make my living in Cleveland Heights playing and teaching violin and viola, and I owe so much to the IMD. Back in the day, 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’m so happy to report that after a couple of rough COVID years, the marching band is back, the orchestra is participating in the musical “Sister Act,” and plans are underway for a tour this spring. My wish is for the Heights music programs to remain strong for our kids and our community, and it is thrilling to see everything in full swing.

To celebrate the centennial of the IMD, we are planning a student/alumni concert in February (this concert celebration has been delayed by COVID for two years). Alumni will be 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 the acoustics in the visually stunning, but acoustically challenging high school auditorium. New acoustic panels are necessary to project sound correctly. This upgrade will complete the renovation of our performance space that began in 2015. Everyone will benefit - the IMD, the VMD, the theater 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 help us reach our goal of improving 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 online 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. See online and check payment options below.

If you wsh, 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.