The University of Michigan added another Steinway B to their ever-growing collection of pianos, now exceeding 255. The search for the perfect piano began when Andy Milne, Professor of Jazz Piano; Robert Grijalva, Executive Director of Keyboard Maintenance and Asst. Professor of Piano Technology; and Wilbur Miller, Steinway Director of Institutional Sales, flew to the Steinway Factory in New York on Friday, October 3rd.
Thanks to a $3.5 million gift from the C.B. Frevert Family Trust designated for Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Music, aging pianos will be replaced with instruments of the highest quality, and Illinois Wesleyan will become one of 200 universities in the world to earn the distinction of being an All-Steinway School.
The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, held every two years in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is one of the largest and most wonderful piano events in the world. For twenty days straight, great pianists are brought to town to perform and speak, and informative piano-related events are scheduled using every possible concert venue in Kalamazoo and in surrounding areas. Right around Gilmore Festival time in 2016, Michael Palmer, Ministry Director for Music and Worship Arts at First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo, approached our Institutional Director, Wilbur Miller, about a Steinway grand piano for his church.
On October 26th, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance had a 9′ Model D Steinway concert grand delivered to Britton Recital Hall. This marks the completion of the Steinway Concert Grand Replacement Program which began in 2006, ensuring that all their Steinway concert grands are less than 20 years old.
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Ottawa Hills Local Schools held their biennial fundraising event, the Green Bear Ball, created to raise funds for special projects within the district. Ottawa Hills decided that this year, the major portion of the proceeds would go toward the purchase of pianos.