TROY - Troy University will celebrate the delivery of the largest current collection of new Steinway pianos in the state on Monday, culminating its initiative to become an All-Steinway School.
The delivery will bring the John M. Long School of Music's inventory to 29 Steinway pianos, including the first two Sterling Steinways ever produced.
Troy University began the All-Steinway initiative in fall 2013, with a formal announcement of the effort taking place last March. All-Steinway Schools are institutions that have only Steinways or Steinway-designed pianos such as Boston or Essex in their inventory. Troy University is the first Steinway University in the state of Alabama and the 17th in the world to feature only Steinway pianos.
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, Dr. Larry Blocher, Dr. Jean Laliberte, Dr. Don Jeffrey, Walter Givhan, Dr. Earl Ingram, Dr. Jim Bookout and Dr. Hui-Ting Yang have been the driving force behind this accomplishment.
Trucks delivering the pianos are set to arrive on Monday, and the University will officially recognize the All-Steinway moniker with a special, by-invitation event on Tuesday night, featuring all of the pianos together in the band rehearsal site at John M. Long Hall. The delivery of the new Steinways will mean that every performance venue, rehearsal hall, teaching studio and practice room will have only Steinway pianos.
Steinway & Sons have spent more than a century creating the finest quality and the longest-lasting pianos featured on the world stage.
"Since 1853, Steinway & Sons pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty and investment value," said Dr. Larry Blocher, Dean of TROY's College of Communication and Fine Arts. "Steinways are the 'Cadillacs' of pianos. Our students spend thousands of hours on the piano, and it's of the utmost importance that our students have the chance to play and learn on the best quality instruments."