July 1, 2015 : By Drew Menard - Office of Communications & Public Engagement
On Wednesday, July 1, Liberty University received 67 Steinway & Sons pianos, the first delivery of a total of 124 new pianos that will arrive in two more shipments (this fall and next spring), to equip the School of Music’s new Center for Music and the Worship Arts, which will be open for classes this fall.
The School of Music recently became an All-Steinway School, demonstrating that Liberty will only provide the highest quality pianos that the world has to offer. All-Steinway Schools are divided into three categories: conservatories, colleges and universities, and other schools of distinction. Currently, there are more than 170 All-Steinway Schools worldwide, spanning five continents. Liberty University is one of only 120 colleges and universities in America to hold this distinction.
Steinway pianos are known for their uncompromising standards for sound, touch, beauty, and value. They are the exclusive piano of choice of 98 percent of pianists performing with orchestras around the world, as well as more than 1,700 musicians who are designated Steinway Artists.
“The approval of Liberty University School of Music as an ‘All-Steinway’ institution is a major accomplishment for all involved,” said Dr. Vernon M. Whaley, dean of the School of Music. “Now, the entire arts community — the music professionals at sister institutions, the music industry, and artists, along with parents and students — can be assured those studying music on any level at Liberty University will have access to some of the finest piano instruments in the world.”
School of Music faculty visited Steinway’s selection room in New York last week where they tested and hand picked eight grand pianos for the university, including the 9-foot Model D Steinway Concert Grand, which will be featured on the stage of the new School of Music performing arts center. The visit and selection of pianos consummated the process and formalized Liberty’s status as an All-Steinway School.
The agreement with Steinway helps ensure that the equipment provided is on par with the school’s new state-of-the-art facility that, when complete next spring, will span two buildings and 141,000 square feet, offering 50 practice rooms, 43 teaching studios, three large common areas for group instruction and rehearsal, two recital halls, and a 1,600-seat fine arts auditorium.