Dream Grand / The Piano Project

For generations, District 205 Performing Arts students and faculty, as well as the broader Elmhurst community, have performed on a high-quality Steinway grand piano in the York High School Auditorium.

This instrument has been used for countless concerts, shows, and other events, but is now more than 100 years old — and considered well past its usable life.

The time has come to “Dream Grand” and raise the funds needed to purchase a new grand piano for the soon-to-be renovated York Auditorium. The new piano will accompany and delight future generations of Elmhurst musicians, but the price tag for such a sophisticated, professional, and concert-worthy instrument is steep — upward of $200,000.

About "Dream Grand: The Piano Project"

Elmhurst Music Boosters (EMB) and York Music Boosters (YMB) are joining forces to contribute part of this funding through an initiative we’re calling “Dream Grand: The Piano Project.” It is one piece of a broader community effort that includes significant contributions from both Foundation 205 and District 205.

For their part, EMB and YMB have a combined goal: Raise $22,000 through “Dream Grand: The Piano Project.”

The project is launching in January 2023 with three “Eat and Earn” events; a portion of your purchases at these Elmhurst businesses will go to the piano fundraising project.

  • Kilwins on Tuesday, Jan. 17
  • Gia Mia on Thursday, Jan 19
  • Pilot Pete's on Saturday, Jan 21 (from 7 a.m.-1 p.m.)

View the "Eat and Earn" flyer for details »

Coming soon: A chance to become a "Dream Grand" donor

In addition to these “Eat and Earns,” EMB and YMB will soon unveil ways for local businesses, York alumni, Elmhurst community members and others to make a monetary donation to "Dream Grand: The Piano Project."

Exciting donor benefits will be  associated at each donor level as our thanks to you for paying it forward for future York auditorium performers. 

Donor levels and benefits will be posted on this page soon. In the meantime, we hope you participate in "Dream Grand" launch by taking part in the "Eat And Earn" events.

Learn more about "Dream Grand" here »