LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Lock Haven University is proud to announce that it will attain its goal of becoming an All-Steinway School this fall. Keith O. Barrows, director of development, has announced that 20 pianos will be delivered on November 14. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
The piano delivery will consist of Steinway and Boston pianos. Boston is part of the Steinway brand. Once the pianos are placed in their designated locations, every piano in classrooms, practice areas, and performance areas will be a Steinway product. In total, there will be 25 Steinway-designed and -made pianos at LHU.
Being an All-Steinway School is considered a strong expression of an institution’s commitment to professional excellence in the performing arts and music education. Mahlon Grass, chair of the LHU department of performing arts, said, “With All-Steinway status we will be able to draw excellent students from the region and indeed the nation and world to Lock Haven University. There are very few schools in the country that have achieved this distinction.”
The Steinway initiative supports LHU’s music education program. “We want to provide the best instruments for our music education students,” Barrows said. Grass added, “This will assist our music education program immeasurably and will also benefit the entire University community and the Lock Haven area since we will be able to proudly display the ‘All-Steinway School’ symbol on the Sloan building, at our own website, and at the University website.”
Lock Haven University will be listed on the Steinway & Sons website as an All-Steinway School, joining an elite group of institutions, including the Yale School of Music in New Haven, Conn.; the Julliard School in New York; the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pa.; the Carnegie Mellon-University School of Music in Pittsburgh, Pa.; and other schools in the United States and around the world.
Grass expressed his gratitude for strong administrative support for the Steinway initiative. He said, “I am profoundly grateful to President Keith Miller, to the Lock Haven University Foundation, to Vice President Roger Johnson, to Vice President Bill Hanelly, to Dean David White for their tireless efforts and support in bringing about in three years what some universities spend a life time in effort to bring about.”
The pianos are being paid for jointly by the Lock Haven University Foundation and Lock Haven University. They are being purchased, as a result of the bidding process, from the Robert M. Sides Family Music Center in Williamsport, Pa.