SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri State University has been named an All-Steinway School, joining an elite list of less than 230 colleges in the world with that title.
Missouri State has a total of 66 Steinway & Sons pianos on campus, played by over 350 music majors that are all required to learn piano. The university purchased 52 of the instruments in August of 2018 to spruce up an aging fleet, and now the school has achieved the All-Steinway honor.
“We have a commitment to excellence, intentional excellence, through all of these instruments,” said head of the MSU music program Dr. Julie Combs. “It’s giving our students the very best, the industry standard, to learn on.”
The New York-based company hand builds each instrument over the span of a year, no two instruments alike. All-Steinway Schools must have a certified piano technician on campus to tune the instruments daily.
“It has just a great variety of color that I can get out of the instrument, and I think it’s something very special,” said MSU piano performance major Shun Yeen Hoi, who will soon make his way to New York for graduate school.
“When you go to Carnegie Hall, this is the instrument you see,” said Combs. “It’s been my dream to make sure that our students are served in the very best ways and that they can go into their careers and serve other children.”
Missouri State will hold an All-Steinway Celebration from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on April 16 in Ellis Hall.