Department of Music Gets New Steinway Piano

April 06, 2010

The Mount Union College Department of Music will host a new addition this school year ' a Steinway piano from New York.

Dr. Maira Balacon poses with Henry Steinway

The Steinway will benefit both Mount Union students and the community at large. 'Having the new Steinway in Presser Recital Hall will not only improve the sound for the numerous student recitals, faculty recitals, and guest artist recitals we have in the hall, but it has also allowed us to redistribute pianos in such a way as to improve the instruments that are used for piano teaching and for piano practice,' said Dr. James Perone, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music.

Dr. Maira Balacon, assistant professor of music, and the person who selected the new Steinway, echoed the sentiment. 'Of course, the College and its students and faculty will benefit from this quality instrument, but so will the community, whose members so loyally and regularly attend the concerts offered in our department. This piano will significantly raise the quality of almost every performance in Presser Hall and this higher standard will do much to improve the image of our department and college in the community and the musical and scholarly world as well.'

Balacon explained it was the quality of Steinway that led them to be interested in purchasing one. 'Steinways are valued as the best pianos in the world by the large majority of musicians. They are the only pianos that actually appreciate in value over time, if maintained properly. When we needed to replace one of the concert pianos for the Presser Hall stage, we knew it was best to invest in a Steinway.

Each Steinway is still made by hand, so has a distinct personality, setting it quite apart from every other piano,' Balacon said. 'We are very fortunate to have found an instrument as good as this one. It is a beautiful instrument with a sophisticated, vibrant, passionate sound; this piano is an incredible find, even among Steinways.'

The Steinway purchase was made possible, in part, through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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