MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/FOX 24) – Be our Change is a special segment where we showcase positive, inspirational stories in our community. The owners of a piano store here in the Basin are going above and beyond to help a local student finish her senior year and more importantly, continue to fulfill her dream.
Azalea Rivas is a senior at UTPB, majoring in music education. She said, “I was completely devastated when I had to leave my school. As a senior, it’s very important for me to have a real acoustic instrument to play on.”
So, the owners are PianoWorks Gallery and Clocks in Midland heard about her dilemma and stepped in to help. “It was really important that somebody help her, and we were happy to do that,” said Steven Hopp, PianoWorks Gallery and Clocks owner.
They helped Rivas in a big way. PianoWorks Gallery and Clocks graciously let her borrow, one of their premier pianos, to keep up her skills.
“She was out there with no equipment, and there was no way for her to grow,” said Philip Soley, PianoWorks Gallery and Clocks owner.
“It makes you realize; maybe you are on the right path. Maybe you were chosen to get this instrument too because you’re on the right path, and you’re going to do great things,” said Rivas.
The UTPB student is already doing great things. She, too, gives back by giving lessons to students in her hometown of Kermit. “It’s very fulfilling,” said Rivas.
“My heart is full and blossoming for this young girl, very happy for her and just really excited that she’ll continue to grow,” said Hopp.
Rivas is also using this time to practice for her senior recital. She hopes one day to teach elementary.