School of the Arts

IU South Bend to become All-Steinway School

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The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend announces an initiative to join a select group of colleges and conservatories that have become “All-Steinway Schools.”

Dean Marvin Curtis, Ed.D., worked to create an innovative partnership between Meridian Music Company of Carmel, Indiana and the prestigious piano builder Steinway & Sons to enable the school to immediately upgrade the quality and size of their piano inventory while allowing the school to select and purchase instruments from the Steinway Family of pianos - Steinway & Sons, Boston and Essex - over the next five years.

About the initiative Dean Curtis said, “As is the case with many institutions, the pianos used in performance spaces, faculty studios, and in practice rooms have deteriorated through years of over-use and limited budget allocations for maintenance and repair.  The condition of our pianos has made it difficult for our faculty to recruit highly sought students, and for existing students to perform at the highest level possible.  The addition of a mix of 14 Steinway and Boston grand pianos and uprights will have an immediate and positive effect on the faculty and students of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend.  We are excited about the arrival of these world class instruments in our fine school.”

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts is anticipating the delivery of the pianos on Tuesday, October 25 at 9 a.m. at Northside Hall.  Joe Visceglie, piano specialist from Meridian Music, will be on hand for the delivery.  Once the purchase of new Steinway pianos is completed, Indiana University South Bend will join a select group of institutions who have chosen to become “All-Steinway Schools,” including The Oberlin Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Yale School of Music.