Donate to Hope Academy of Music and the Arts

Hope Academy of Music and the Arts is East Liberty Presbyterian Church’s largest outreach ministry. Since its founding in 1999, it has become a trusted and respected cultural hub in our community where children, youth, families, teachers and artists come to tell their stories, build artistic skills and engage with each other in creative and transformative ways. We rely on foundations and individual donors to provide scholarships for half of our students who come from low-income families; or those who represent a racial, cultural or ethnic minority. Your donation will help us continue to be intentionally diverse and culturally relevant as we provide a safe place for young people to further their personal and artistic growth through the study of theater, dance and music.

Over 350 students and their families participate in Hope Academy’s dance, theater and music programs each year—with as many students currently on the wait list.

Please consider making an end of the year contribution so that we can continue our work and expand our reach.

How your gift can help:

$25 – violin strings and Suzuki method book for one student
$30 – a pair of tap shoes
$50 – ballet clothes (leotard, tights, ballet shoes) for one student
$100 – coaching for CAPA auditions, the PPT Shakespeare Contest or the August Wilson Monologue Competition for one student
$150 – a year of ballet classes for one student
$250 – a Suzuki violin
$430 – a year of private voice or instrument instruction for one student
$500 – a Suzuki cello
$500 – transportation, food and teaching artist fees for one performance
$1,000 – one year of ensemble coaching for 8 to 10 students (Flute choir or Saxophone/Clarinet Ensemble)
$4,000 – an end of the year showcase performance (theater rental, lights, sound, costumes)

Tobi, who was recently accepted into Pittsburgh’s Creative and Performing Arts Middle School for both saxophone and piano, is playing our new Knabe baby grand piano donated by Mary Denison. Don and Paula Addlespurger made a donation to pay to have the piano moved. 



We are  grateful for donations of gently used leotards (black), tights (light pink) and ballet shoes (pink for girls and black for boys) in all sizes; and tap shoes of any color or style.




Chamber Music Pittsburgh generously loans us many instruments, but we could increase the number of students in our Suzuki program by purchasing more instruments of our own.