Fisk University got an early Christmas present with the arrival of four beautiful Steinway upright pianos yesterday (11/28) that will be placed in their practice rooms and classroom at the college. Generous supporters made the gifts possible in the Harris Music Building on campus, just in time for the holiday season.
“This is only the beginning,” said Philip Autry, D.M.A., music discipline coordinator. “Becoming an All-Steinway School will ensure that Fisk is positioned to recruit the best young musical talent. Our students and faculty will have access to the best instruments to achieve their technical and artistic goals.”
The All-Steinway School initiative is a two-million dollar effort to replace older teaching instruments and concert grands with state-of the-art, Steinway grand pianos of the appropriate size. The initiative will include an endowment to pay for future maintenance and growth while providing music scholarships for deserving students. Several Tennessee universities have transitioned into All-Steinway Schools, including Belmont University and Lipscomb University.
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