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All-Steinway Campaign

Shepherd University School of Music’s mission is to inspire student growth creatively, artistically, and professionally by providing a climate conductive to the development of the comprehensive musician. This is achieved through a highly personalized and student- centered approach for the development of a unified core of music experiences. Shepherd University aims to provide its students with the finest pianos in the industry made by Steinway & Sons. All students will benefit from this effort as every practice room, teaching studio, and performance space will contain a Steinway & Sons piano.

Achieving the All-Steinway School designation will benefit aspiring students, the reputation of the School of Music, and the community as a whole. As each Steinway piano is expected to be used for 60 to 100 years, a gift of a Steinway piano is a legacy of excellence – a long-lasting gift that benefits thousands for generations to come. An All-Steinway School is an investment in our students as it symbolizes the highest levels of excellence and commitment to quality.

For more than 160 years Steinway & Sons has been dedicated to making the finest pianos in the world. Their pioneering handcrafted methods are still employed today to ensure uncompromising standards of quality, in turn ensuring that the Steinway piano remains the peerless instrument of uncompromising expression.

To earn the All-Steinway School designation, 90 percent of the pianos must be Steinway-made. Several years ago, music donors responded to a critical need for quality performance instruments and generously funded the acquisition of two Fazioli grand pianos. One will remain integrated into our fleet of new pianos, but the other has reached a state where reconditioning is impractical. The investment in 28 new Steinway & Sons pianos will assure the entire area arts community, along with faculty, students, and parents, that those studying and performing music on any level—from music appreciation classes to piano majors—will have access to the finest piano instruments in the world.

This is an extraordinary opportunity. Becoming an All-Steinway School provides our students with the best instruments possible for the study of music, and will send the message to potential music students that Shepherd University and its strong network of supporters are deeply invested in their success.”
                                                                                                                                       —Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix

For more information about investing in the future of Shepherd University Music, contact Sherri Janelle at 304-876-5043 or

Click here to donate to the All-Steinway Campaign.                      

                                                 Piano Naming Opportunities 

One Steinway Model D Concert Grand
At 8′ 11¾” (274 cm) in length, this majestic musical instrument — the pinnacle of concert grands — is the overwhelming choice of the world’s greatest pianists and for anyone who demands the highest level of musical expression.
This will be the preeminent piano in the Frank Center Theater.
$124,000 or $24,800 per year for 5 years 

 4 – Steinway Model B Classic Grand
This magnificent 6′ 10½” (211 cm) grand piano is often referred to by pianists as “the perfect piano.” It is a wonderfully balanced and versatile instrument that does extremely well in refined homes, teaching studios, and mid-sized venues. Shepherd will use this model for piano faculty, McCoy Rehearsal Hall, and the W.H. Shipley Recital Hall.
$89,000 or $17,800 per year for 5 years 

2 – Steinway Model O Living Room Grand
At 5′ 10¾” (180 cm), the Model O is the largest of Steinway’s “small grands.” This piano is large enough to satisfy those who demand a full, rich sound, yet sized to fit in almost any home. These two pianos will be placed in the choir room and the piano major practice room.
$71,500 or $14,300/year for 5 years

 4 – Steinway Model M Studio Grand
At 5′ 7″ (170 cm) in length, this piano’s rich tone, responsive action and manageable size makes it perfect for conservatories, and many homes as well. Shepherd will place these pianos in practice rooms, the applied teaching space, and in a classroom.
$65,500 or $13,200 per year for 5 years

17 – Boston UP-126 Performance Edition
Boston uprights offer the same standards of excellence which characterize all instruments designed by STEINWAY & SONS. A Boston upright will give you the same opportunities to express your musical skill as a grand. The workhorse of the piano fleet, these pianos will be in all faculty studios, classrooms, and rehearsal space throughout the School of Music.
$16,800 or $3,360 per year for 5 years