School of Music receives 11 Steinway pianos in one delivery

June 19, 2013

PLAINVIEW – The School of Music at Wayland Baptist University received 11 new Steinway and Sons, Boston and Essex model pianos on Tuesday, ushering in the final phase of the four-phase All-Steinway Initiative. A generous gift from the Roberta Wright Reeves Trust helped purchase the pianos that will be used in faculty studios and student practice rooms.

New Steinway Pianos“This is one of the most exciting days I can imagine,” said Bryan Elmore, Director of Institutional Sales for Steinway Hall who was on hand for the delivery. “We’ve planned for it and we’ve prayed for it and God has brought us manna from heaven. He brought us Steinways form heaven.”

With this delivery, all of the pianos that will be used in the music wing of Harral Arts Complex have been replaced with models produced by Steinway and Sons. These pianos will be used in teaching studios as well as student practice rooms and performance venues. Dr. Ann Stutes, Dean of the School of Music said this was an important day for faculty and students.

“This single day … this single delivery means that every instrument that we use in the course of a workday in all of our educational environments, classrooms and faculty studios where we teach piano and also voice and other instruments, now have the finest possible piano available to students across the United States,” Stutes said.  “It has taken us to a whole new level in one day. One incredible day.”

The focus will now shift to completing the initiative by replacing pianos in other areas of the campus including the Academy of Fine Arts facility, School of Music annex building, the atrium of the Learning Resources Center, the banquet room in the University Center and other areas. The big purchase of the final phase will be a Steinway Model B grand piano for use in the band hall.

Anyone interested in being part of the All-Steinway Initiative is encouraged to contact Linda Grover at 806-291-1076 or groverl@wbu.edu. The School of Music will conduct an 88 Keys promotion through Steinway, allowing donors to purchase keys in order to raise money for the grand piano. The price of the keys will range from $100 to $5,000 with the 88 keys adding up to the $76,000 purchase price.