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$3.1 million needed to save Abilene university orchestra program

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ABILENE, Texas - After announcing that the Hardin-Simmons University orchestra program would be discontinued next year, the Abilene school is offering the chance to save the program.

That is, if donors can raise $3.1 million.

HSU President Dr. Lanny Hall said he received many "heartfelt messages of support" for the orchestra in a video published Friday. He said the university looked at many ways to keep the program running, but it ultimately will be on donors to fund the endowment.

The timeline established has the program shutting down in Fall 2017 unless the $3.1 million is raised by Dec. 31. If the goal is not reached, the raised funds will be used to benefit the HSU School of Music, according to the university.

Those interested in donating to the fund can follow the instructions HERE.

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