Dec. 13, 2010
In this Season of Giving Webster University presents the Students with a Grand Gift
On Wednesday, Dec. 22, Webster University will join the exclusive club of international All-Steinway schools. Webster's purchase of 32 Steinway-brand pianos including seven grand pianos, at a cost of nearly 3/4 of million dollars represents the University's unwavering commitment to provide the highest quality of educational opportunities for the students.
At 10:30 a.m. two 7' Steinway B pianos will be delivered to the Recital Hall of the Thompson Music Building, 8282 Big Bend Blvd, followed by a ceremonial cutting of the blue and gold Webster ribbons. After the pianos are set up, Webster's Director of Keyboard Studies Daniel Schene and a number of enthusiastic students will play the two pianos to select which instrument will stay in the Recital Hall, and which will be moved up the stairs to Professor Schene's studio. A new 9-foot Steinway D piano will already be installed in Winifred Moore Auditorium, one of the department's primary concert spaces.
Webster is one of only 123 prestigious colleges, universities and conservatories worldwide to be an All-Steinway school. Other all Steinway schools include Belmont University, The Juilliard School, George Washington University, Carnegie Mellon University, Oklahoma City University and universities in Europe, Australia, China and the United Kingdom. For more than 150 years, Steinway and Sons has remained the benchmark by which all other pianos are measured. They remain dedicated to the ideal of making each individual piano the finest in the world.
"The All-Steinway designation is truly a major step forward for the Department of Music in our continuing quest for excellence and our push toward a more national profile. This milestone achievement is in large part a recognition of Webster's Department of Music's role in the cultural and educational life of the greater St. Louis area. Acquisition of these pianos will further enhance the University's commitment to providing the highest standards of musical performance education" says Jeffrey Carter, chair of the music department.
Members of the music department faculty traveled to New York City for piano selection in November. The Department of Music will host an official celebration event in April.
From the Steinway Web site:
Steinway is dedicated to making the finest pianos in the world
Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft on Varick Street. Over the next thirty years, Henry and his sons, C. F. Theodore, Charles, Henry Jr., William, and Albert, developed the modern piano. They built their pianos one at a time, applying skills that were handed down from master to apprentice, generation after generation.
Today, we still build our pianos that way. Each Steinway grand piano, for example, takes nearly a year to create. Nothing is hurried. Even the carefully selected woods employed in the rims, tops, soundboards, and actions cure for months in our yard, kilns and conditioning rooms, until they stabilize at a rigidly specified moisture content.
Steinway is dedicated to the ideal of making the finest pianos in the world. The result is instruments renowned for their unsurpassed quality. Pianos with such superior sound and responsive touch that they enchant the most demanding pianists. And we are preferred overwhelmingly by people who share the joy of playing and owning the finest musical instrument — a joy which can be yours when you bring a Steinway into your life.