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July 23, 2015 Piano Symposium 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Willamette Valley Music Company, 484 State Street Salem, OR 97301. Snacks, door prizes and extra piano savings! Piano Mechanics, Maintenance Demonstration, and Piano Teacher Meet-and-Greet. Plus performances by Christopher Barlow and guests invited to play as well. RSVP 503-371-8863 appreciated not required.

December 2012 Local piano technician Matt Hirschfelder and a team of volunteers salvaged 38 pianos from entering the marion county land fill in 2012. Estimates weight of materials diverted 21,265lbs. (10.63 tons) saved from our local landfill.

SCO bush piano PMIY 2012 webJuly 2012 The Salem Chamber Orchestra contracts Matt’s Piano Tuning to facilitate it’s “Play Me I’m Yours” event in Salem. Matt inspected, prepared and delivered pianos to several not for profit groups who decorated 11 pianos. The kick off event July 13th was held at the State Capitol Mall and pianos will remain accessible to our community until July 29th. For more information about the event go to www.SalemStreetPianos.com or visit the national site founded by Luke Jeram www.PlayMeImYours.com

Overlooking the Willmette River
June 2012 Yamaha Corporation America sends Matt Hirschfelder of Matt’s Piano Tuning to Yamaha “Little Red School House” in Buena Park, CA where he recieved grand regulation and concert prep certification. Additional days were spent where he also was awarded his certification to service Disklaver player pianos. Yamaha America invests to reengage it’s Salem customers with the new Yamaha dealership at Music Music (off Market Street) and provide high end piano service through Matt’s Piano Tuning in Salem, OR.

May 2012 (Article taken from the Statesman Journal) From London to Los Angeles, passers-by in 21 cities have been surprised to discover pianos in public places marked “Play Me, I’m Yours.” Salem joins the list July 13-29, when 10 decorated pianos will materialize from South Salem to Keizer for anyone who wants to play. “People can be so down on Salem — ‘There’s nothing to do, nothing happens in Salem,’ ” said Noreen Murdock, executive director of the Salem Chamber Orchestra. “There is cool stuff in Salem. We can bring the project to Salem and be the first city to do so in the Pacific Northwest.”

The project — part street theater, part music for the masses — began in England in 2008. Since then, artist Luke Jerram has taken the idea worldwide, with partners placing about 500 pianos for various lengths of time. Jenny Gleason, a cellist with Salem Chamber Orchestra, loved the idea and pitched it to the orchestra’s board. “They thought it was a really neat project,” said Murdock, who became the local manager.

Ten nonprofits will “adopt” one piano apiece and arrange for it to be decorated. The groups represent diverse segments of the community including kids, young adults and elders; it’s by no means restricted to the arts community, Murdock said. She’s lining up donations of pianos that are “fully functional but not necessarily high quality.” “It’s a good opportunity to put it to use, to get it out of the basement for people to play,” Murdock said.

Organizers have raised about half of the $25,000 budget, including a $6,300 grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. They hope for a $7,500 grant from Salem’s transit occupancy tax. The money goes for rights to use the concept and to pay piano movers and tuners, among other things. Each piano will be outfitted with a clear plastic cover. Volunteer “piano friends” will cover the instruments in case of rain. They’ll also watch for vandalism. Even so, Murdock said, “It’s understood that some of the pianos won’t make it.” The spaces chosen for the pianos include outside Keizer City Hall, near the Sprague fountain on the Capitol Mall, in the bulb-outs of the Union Street Railroad Bridge, and in the dog park area of Minto-Brown Island Park. Does that mean dogs like piano music? Murdock can’t say for sure, but she cites a story from Anita King, chairwoman of Willamette University’s music department: “She says that when she plays a certain Schubert piece with lots of scales, her dogs howl along.” bcurtin@StatesmanJournal.com or (503) 399-6699 or twitter.com/BarbaraCurtin

Matt’s Piano Tuning will help service and prep these pianos for the “Play Me I’m Yours” event in June/July for the kick off on July 13th. Pianos will be serviced through July 29th 2012. If you are interested in supporting or becoming a sponsor for this project contact Noreen Murdock at the Salem Chamber Orchestra 503-480-1128.

January 2012 Local piano technician Matt Hirschfelder of Matt’s Piano Tuning in Salem Oregon completes training at the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology Winter Seminar 2012 hosted on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, MT. Hirschfelder and 21 other piano techicians around the nation completed a variety of training modules over the week long seminar. Skills gained in grand and upright regulation, advanced voicing techniques, and preparation for the international PTG exams were achieved. Hirschfelder recieved further training in IICRC fire and water damage restoration techniques as well.

May 2010 Matt Hirschfelder recieves the Portland Chapter Membership Liason Postion as part of the leadership Board.

August 2009 The Portland Chapter of the PTG (Piano Technicians Guild) appoints Matt Hirschfelder as the program Librarian.