Mason to Hold a ‘Grand’ Piano Celebration

Posted: September 6, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

An extraordinary gift of 16 Steinway grand pianos has enabled Mason to receive the distinction of being an all-Steinway school. The Department of Music and the College of Visual and Performing Arts celebrate this achievement with “A ‘Grand’ Piano Celebration: All-Steinway School Piano Dedication” concert on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m.

Sidney O. Dewberry, former rector of Mason’s Board of Visitors and a novice pianist, spearheaded the initiative to secure the university’s designation as an all-Steinway School.

The performance will begin with a dedication ceremony by Sally Coveleskie, director of institutional sales at Steinway and Sons; followed by performances of George Mason piano students Jorge Luis Martinez Padron, Hwana Lee, Jennifer Robinson, Min Son, Yoonji Rachel Kim, Oh Sun Choi, Jihae Lim and Christine Nguyen. The students are former recipients of the Jean Carrington Cook Memorial Piano Scholarship or other music department scholarships and awards.

Music department faculty Linda Apple Monson, Patricia Miller, Anna Balakerskaia and Miron Yampolsky will also perform. Selections by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and other composers are on the program.

To receive the official designation as an all-Steinway school from Steinway and Sons, 90 percent, or 16 of Mason’s pianos had to be Steinways. Dewberry volunteered to raise half of the funds for the purchase of the Steinways and the university committed to matching the funds. Local area Steinway retailer Jordan Kitt’s Music also partnered with the university in the effort.

All-Steinway schools provide a commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the study of music. Pianos are critical to every aspect of the instrumental and vocal programs at Mason. This enhances the quality of the practice, teaching, and performance situations that music students encounter on a daily basis.

Wearing the mantle of an all-Steinway school, Mason joins the ranks of distinguished schools such as the Juilliard School of Music, the Yale School of Music and the Oberlin College Conservatory.

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