Wayland Baptist University Becomes an All-Steinway School
December 1, 2014
PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University is now among 170 institutions around the world designated an All-Steinway School by Steinway & Sons, the iconic global piano company founded in New York City in 1853.
Officials gathered Monday to announce the completion of a near $630,000 initiative led by the School of Music that will tremendously impact students and the Wayland community at large.
“It’s an honor to be a part of a very significant day and a very significant moment,” said Wayland President Dr. Paul Armes. “It’s with great pleasure that we announce that Wayland Baptist University has earned the certification as an All-Steinway School.
Wayland purchased 29 new pianos designed by Steinway & Sons that are found in faculty studios, practice rooms and performance venues throughout the campus. The pianos include Steinway, Boston and Essex models. By completing the initiative, Wayland became the first Baptist university in the state of Texas to earn the All-Steinway School distinction.
The university’s quest began three years ago with the acquisition of a Steinway Model D concert grand piano and continued unabated as the School of Music joined Wayland’s Friends of Music to achieve the All-Steinway goal. The Friends of Music consists of highly devoted individuals with an undying love of the arts committed to sharing their passion with future generations of students through music scholarships and fundraisers.
“I told the Lord, I will work my hardest, if you will let me see this before I die,” said Joe Provence, president of the Friends of Music organization. “I’m still alive and today we are an All-Steinway School.”
Wayland Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Bobby Hall said earning the All-Steinway designation shows the university’s commitment to academic excellence, and the influence of established, high quality instruments in performance and instruction is already begin seen throughout the School of Music.
“A great academic success story is what we have today,” Hall said. “One that will be repeated in studios and performance halls and classrooms for many, many decades to come.”
Wayland will celebrate the accomplishment with a series of special events this week, including the American Family Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Harral Fine Arts Auditorium. A formal dedication concert is tentatively scheduled for late January at which time officials from Steinway & Sons will be on hand to join in the celebration.