The Symphony of the Canyons’ campaign to raise funds for musical instruments for music students in local schools, as well as the local youth symphony, is already a success, according to Tonny van der Leeden, symphony chairman of the board.

“Our brochure inserted into the Southern Utah News brought immediate response, and we couldn’t be more pleased that local residents have stepped up to support the drive to buy more musical instruments for student use,” van der Leeden said.

Initial returns have raised more than $3,000, allowing the symphony, in partnership with the Kane County School District, to immediately replace some broken or worn instruments and make plans to buy others. To meet immediate needs, two violins, two violas, one cello and one string bass have already been purchased.

The direct mail campaign marked the first time that Symphony of the Canyons has reached out by sending a fund-raising brochure into the homes of local residents.

In a letter included in the brochure, van der Leeden said, “This appeal is about raising money for musical instruments so that many more children who want to participate in music – but cannot afford an instrument – will be able to join what has become a great tradition of young people in Kane County integrating great music into their overall educational experience.”

Persons interested in making a contribution to the student instrument fund can send a check to: Symphony of the Canyons, Box 495, Kanab, UT 84741 or contact van der Leeden, 644-2339.