Wayland concerts mark All-Steinway designation

January 23, 2015

PLAINVIEW – The public is invited to join Wayland Baptist University and its School of Music Tuesday evening at 7:30 for a special All-Steinway School Celebration Concert and Steinway Stroll.

Wayland will welcome guests from Steinway and Sons, including Sally Coveleskie, National Director of Higher Education Sales, from Steinway and Sons in New York City, Danny Saliba, President of Steinway Hall, North Texas/Houston, and Bryan Elmore, Director of Institutional Sales, will be on hand for the celebration.

Dean of the School of Music Dr. Ann Stutes will travel to New York City at a later date to tour the Steinway and Sons facility at which time a Wayland Baptist University flag will fly outside of the building for a day, marking Wayland’s All-Steinway School status.

“Wayland has always been dedicated to musical excellence,” said Dean of the School of Music Dr. Ann Stutes. “Our new All-Steinway School designation is a testimony to our commitment to the future and our continuing efforts to provide quality music education for passionate and visionary students who hope to make the world a better place through music.”

The evening will include a concert featuring Dr. Richard Fountain, Associate Professor of Applied Piano and Principal Keyboard for the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra in Lincoln, Neb., as well as the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will take approximately 45 minutes and be followed by the Steinway Stroll at which time an open house will be held in the music wing of the Harral art complex. Guests will have the opportunity to view and play the Steinway, Essex and Boston model pianos located in the building.

Fountain will be joined by Wayland faculty and students to present an All-American program of an assortment of very entertaining musical selections that are short, sweet and potent. The program will include a plaque presentation and comments from Wayland’s administration about the significance of begin named an All-Steinway School.

The program will include pieces by Copland, MacDowell, Bernstein, Artie Shaw, Richard Hundley and others.  Performing on the concert will be students Megan Robinett and Kaileigh Boas, sopranos and Richard Ralston, clarinet. Faculty performing are Richard Fountain-piano, Joseph Vandiver-trumpet, Sandra Mosteller-clarinet, Anthony King-percussion, and vocalists Kimberly Brown and Brian Kuhnert. In addition to celebrating Wayland’s very talented faculty artists, the selections on tonight’s concert illustrate their dedication to quality collaborative musical endeavors between faculty and students – a hallmark of Wayland’s music program.