Lee University’s Faculty Gala on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Pangle Hall will partner with Kingwood High School in Houston, Texas, devastated by Hurricane Harvey, to raise support for the high …
Lee University’s Faculty Gala on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Pangle Hall will partner with Kingwood High School in Houston, Texas, devastated by Hurricane Harvey, to raise support for the high school’s orchestra program.
The Faculty Gala is a free, nonticketed event, open to the public, but an offering for the KHS orchestra program will be collected during the concert.
Elisabeth Hale, a Lee alumna, who is an assistant conductor with KHS’s orchestra, reached out to Lee’s School of Music about the damage.
“It will be a long road to recovery, but we are grateful to have friends along the way,” said Hale.
The KHS Orchestra has 260 members and three directors, and also partners with local middle schools.
The damage to Kingwood was extensive with the watermark reaching five feet.
The KHS Orchestra Program, located on the first floor of the building, suffered massive losses of over 2,000 musical scores and more than 40 instruments damaged, along with the supplies and various tools that the orchestra wing housed.
The orchestra, which has become an integral part of the community, has been selected to perform as a finalist at the National Orchestra Festival in Atlanta, Ga.,, in March 2018.
“It is amazing to see the size of the orchestra program at Kingwood,” said Dr. Lenena Brezna, an assistant professor of voice at Lee. “Most high schools do not emphasize the arts in this way, so this is a very special and important program. The Lee music faculty is committed to promoting the arts, and we are very excited to help Elisabeth and Kingwood get back on their feet. Any donation will be appreciated.”
According to Hale, the school is currently sharing a campus with Summer Creek High School, a campus 45 minutes away from Kingwood, where over 5,000 students are now using the same facilities. Students have to commute for over two hours to attend.
Kingwood is hoping to reopen for the 2018-2019 school year.
For more information about the gala, visit http://www.leeuniversity.edu/NewsItem.aspx?id=14250 or call (423) 614-8240.
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