KENNESAW, GA – Kennesaw State University officially has become an “All-Steinway School” after benefactor Dr. Bobbie Bailey announced her additional donation of 26 Steinway pianos to the KSU College of the Arts.
The announcement was made during the grand opening concert for the Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center this evening on the KSU campus. Bailey recently made a $1.75 million gift to the college. With the additional Steinway pianos, her gift now exceeds $2 million.
All-Steinway Schools demonstrate a commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the study of music. The designation of “All-Steinway School” indicates that all of the pianos used by the school are designed by Steinway & Sons. Other All-Steinway Schools include such world-renowned institutions such as The Juilliard School, Yale Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute.The announcement comes after a celebration earlier this week for the delivery of a single Steinway D concert grand piano, which Bailey also purchased for the school. That piano was dedicated in honor of Bailey’s mother, Mary Elizabeth Bailey, during the grand opening concert. Including the new Steinway D, Kennesaw State will now have a total inventory of 30 Steinway pianos, which will be used in the music rehearsal hall, student practice rooms, faculty studios and performance spaces. Currently, KSU has two International Steinway Artists on faculty, Professor of Piano David Watkins, and artist-in-residence Robert Henry.The Steinway brand is internationally recognized as the epitome of quality in craftsmanship. Each piano is handcrafted and can take up to one year to complete, resulting in an instrument of exceptional quality. For a music program to have a few Steinway pianos is excellent, but to become an All-Steinway School is a unique honor, according to Joseph Meeks, dean of the KSU College of the Arts, “We are delighted to be an All-Steinway School,” he says. “This distinction is an immeasurable asset to our program and enables us to offer the best instruments available to our music students and faculty.”
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