The music program at Pennington recently donated to the Westminster Conservatory of Music more than 40 orchestra instruments in need of repair; they will soon give the gift of music to underprivileged children in Nigeria. With the help of the Lekan and Tomi Akinyanmi Foundation, the Conservatory will repair and/or refurbish the instruments as needed in order to ship the instruments to Ikuru Town, Nigeria.
The Musica Nigeria drive project runs from January to March 2019 and has the goal to collect slightly used musical instruments to encourage children in Nigeria to learn and make music. The School donated clarinets, alto saxophones, trumpets, trombones, violins, violas, and cellos.
Pennington was able to donate these instruments because of the Middle School's restructured exploratory music program, which now focuses on piano, guitar, and GarageBand, as well as voice and video. Therefore, the School no longer needs as many orchestra instruments; Pennington's ensembles still have a number of back-up instruments.
The repairs and refurbishment of the instruments will begin in March 2019 and arrive in Nigeria by midsummer.