EMU to host 'Steinway Weekend' March 22-24 to raise funds to purchase Steinway pianos for aspiring teachers, performers

by Geoff Larcom, Published March 05, 2013

YPSILANTI – Two special performances by Eastern Michigan University faculty members will help celebrate a "Steinway Weekend" March 22-24 that will help the University purchase Steinway pianos to be used in training students seeking to become professional musicians and music educators.


EMU music students and faculty pose with pianos. The box to the right is being used to gather cans and bottles in a fundraising effort to purchase Steinway pianos. The motto: "One dime at a time."

Joel Schoenhals, an EMU professor of piano, will continue his four-year performance journey of all of Beethoven's 32 sonatas in a concert on Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. at Pease Auditorium.

In addition, EMU piano professors Anne Beth Gajda and Garik Pedersen will host their annual piano recital on Sunday, March 24 at 4 p.m. in Pease Auditorium. There will be a reception at University House at 5:30 p.m. following the Sunday event. The performances and reception are free and open to the public.

The concerts are part of the Steinway Campaign at Eastern, a broad effort by students and staff of the EMU Department of Music and Dance to raise money to purchase the pianos.

EMU piano students have taken on a variety of projects to bring awareness to the Steinway Campaign. Those include raising hundreds of dollars from gathering returnable pop bottles and cans in the Alexander Music building.

"The EMU music faculty provides students with outstanding instruction and encourages students to pursue their career goals," said Samuel Joshua, a second-year graduate student in musical composition. "Becoming an all-Steinway school will help create an optimal learning environment in which students can succeed."

Students are also selling EMU music T-shirts and hoodie-type sweatshirts to raise funds for the campaign. Two graduate students, Kevin Shay and Minjung Byun, came up with separate designs for the clothing, one green and one black.

For more than 150 years, the Steinway & Sons name has been linked to the world's best pianos. Steinway pianos are individually handmade and are known for their distinct sound, lasting quality and increasing value. 

The Steinway Campaign at EMU emphasizes the university's commitment to providing students and faculty with the finest pianos on the market, at a time when equipment needs are high. It also helps the University recruit top student musicians and continue to build its reputation in the world of arts education.

There will be other Steinway events throughout the year as the campaign progresses. To purchase a T-shirt or sweatshirt in support of the Steinway Campaign, contact sarahthepianist@gmail.com.

Please visit https://www.emich.edu/musicdance/donate/steinway.php to learn more about the Steinway campaign. 

Geoff Larcom



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