ISSUED: 20 February 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University Foundation accepted a significant gift in support of Shepherd’s All-Steinway Campaign. Made by Dr. Scott Beard, acting provost at Shepherd, and Alan Gibson, the gift will be used to purchase a Boston UP-126 Performance Edition upright piano designed by Steinway & Sons.
“From one generation to the next, Steinway continues to exemplify the best of the best. The company shares my commitment in providing the best piano for the performance and study of music,” said Beard, a conservatory-trained concert pianist and piano instructor. “Today my own students have the opportunity to play the Steinway D in my studio, inspiring a new generation of students, teachers, artists, and music lovers.”
Shepherd University launched its All-Steinway Campaign in October 2017 with an event featuring performances by faculty of the Department of Music. The Frank Center stage was turned into a private club with guests enjoying appetizers and wine by candlelight. Seated around two Steinway pianos, guests enjoyed musical selections ranging from Chopin to Billy Joel to Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the A Train.”
To earn the All-Steinway School designation, 90 percent of the university’s pianos must be Steinway-made. Shepherd has committed to investing in 28 new Steinway & Sons pianos, ensuring that students studying and performing music on all levels will have access to the finest piano instruments in the world in every university practice room, teaching studio, and performance space.
Considered the workhorse of the piano fleet, the Boston upright design purchased with Beard and Gibson’s gift will be utilized in faculty studios and classroom and rehearsal space throughout the Department of Music. The university seeks to procure a total of 17 Boston upright pianos. Beard and Gibson hope their gift inspires additional alumni, business partners, and music supporters to contribute to the All-Steinway Campaign.
“Alan and I have been longtime supporters of Shepherd’s music program,” said Beard. “We felt the need to donate [to the campaign], as it is extremely important for our students to have access to the very best equipment for practice and performing.”
“We could hardly encourage others to donate to the All-Steinway Campaign if we didn’t first contribute ourselves,” said Gibson.
For more information about the All-Steinway Campaign and how you may contribute through the Shepherd University Foundation, visit www.shepherd.edu/steinway or contact Stacy McFarland, director of annual giving, at 304-876-5526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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