In April 2015, Lipscomb University achieved the internationally respected “All-Steinway” status and now provides its students with all Steinway pianos for lessons, practicing and performing, accelerating the students to a higher level of musicianship that these superb instruments provide and demand.
The All-Steinway School designation is awarded by Steinway & Sons to universities, conservatories and other schools of distinction. Lipscomb University joined more than 170 institutions around the world who have earned this designation as of 2015. The school worked for eight years, phasing out non-Steinway pianos and raising funds, to achieve the designation.
A 2013 Steinway & Sons study showed that music educators believe that an All-Steinway designation reflects a higher degree of quality in music education at the partnering institutions.
2007 — Jerome Reed, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Piano, led a trip to New York City to select a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano for Ward Hall, which had just undergone a major renovation.
Oct. 2007 — Lipscomb’s first Steinway was dedicated at a concert featuring pianist Frederic Chiu.
2010 — Lipscomb added a second nine-foot Steinway concert grand as part of the renovation of Collins Alumni Auditorium.
Dec, 2011 — A third Steinway grand was purchased for piano majors to use as a practice instrument.
April 2015 — The Lipscomb piano studio and several music faculty traveled to the Steinway factory in New York City to hand select two of the pianos that were part of the final group of pianos purchased.
April 2015 — 16 Steinway pianos were delivered to Lipscomb’s School of Music, completing the requirements for the All-Steinway designation.