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Susan Van Vorst, Director, Conservatory of Music
Partners in Excellence: Baldwin Wallace University,
Steinway & Sons and generous alumni and friends
An ambitious initiative to provide 88 new Steinway pianos for the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music is underway. At the completion of this project, the Conservatory will join an elite list of music schools and conservatories worldwide that boast the All-Steinway School designation.
All-Steinway Designation: Commitment to Excellence
"Our goal is to vastly upgrade the piano inventory Conservatory-wide," said Conservatory Director Susan D. Van Vorst. "Pianos are the primary teaching instruments for all music majors, and I believe that our commitment to this level of excellence is critical to maintaining the highest standards in musical training."
Robert Mayerovitch, head of BW's keyboard department added, "The Steinway reputation for excellence is recognized throughout the world. Our students will learn and perform on the same quality instrument that is standard in the majority of concert halls internationally."
"Practicing on a quality instrument inspires my playing and allows me the opportunity to experiment with subtleties of tone color. Ultimately, it allows one to reach a higher level of music making," commented one of our Conservatory students.
Generous Gifts Launch the All-Steinway Campaign
The first of the Steinways—12 new pianos, including nine Steinway grands—rolled into Boesel Musical Arts Center in January. The purchase of this first group was made possible through a generous gift from the estate of Arline Kadel '36, who sang in the first Bach Festival in 1932, and attended all but one of the annual celebrations since. "Arline was devoted to music, education and Baldwin Wallace University," noted BW President Robert Helmer. "This magnificent gift will perpetuate those passions and enhance the learning experience for our students for years to come."
Many other alumni and friends are generously supporting BW's commitment to excellence through philanthropic support for the All-Steinway Campaign. Will you join them?