Hillcrest High School Junior Orchestra Takes The “Un-salvageable” & Creates Magical, Musical, Furniture


They were told it was un-salvageable – they were told it was destined for the garbage bin but some creative and crafty musicians at Hillcrest High School diverted the old instruments from the dump and made art deco furniture – that is now up for auction. For detailed pictures please go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amazing-Hillcrest/843365472345605


The high school music teachers needed a unique idea to garner interest that would have no start-up costs associated with the fundraiser. To the rescue was a pile of old, donated, instruments that would cost more to repair than they were monetarily worth.

Instrumental and Vocal Music Teacher, Jeannie Hunter said, “We are trying to raise funds to start a Junior Orchestra at Hillcrest High School. Our goal is to facilitate the transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9 for students coming from our feeder school string programs.”


Staff, students and friends of the high school music department got together to create works of art out of the discarded instruments.  The instruments were re-purposed into lamps, coat racks, wine racks and clocks.


These items are being offered through a closed bid auction (individuals write what they are willing to pay for an item on a ballot, and then the ballot is submitted).  At the end of the auction, the individual who submitted the highest bid wins.


The auction and recycled instruments were unveiled at the school’s music night last week to rave reviews.  The auction will remain open until Friday, June 5th.

All bids must be submitted by 2:30 p.m. on June 5th.  Pictures of the items can be viewed on the school’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amazing-Hillcrest/843365472345605


Bids and the bidding form can also be obtained from Ms. Hunter at jeannie.hunter@ocdsb.ca

OttawaStart Staff



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