One of 171 All-Steinway Schools in the world

All-Steinway School logoOn April 2015, Lipscomb University achieved internationally respected “All-Steinway” status and now provides its students only Steinway pianos for lessons, practicing and performing, moving to the higher level of musicianship this superb instrument provides and demands.

The All-Steinway School designation is awarded by Steinway & Sons to universities, conservatories and other schools of distinction. Lipscomb joined more than 170 institutions around the world having 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.

Timeline

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 — A group of Lipscomb music students and faculty traveled to the Steinway factory in New York City to 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