College Receives Prestigious "All-Steinway" Status
Acquisition of Steinway Pianos from Jacobs Music Company Enhances College's Blossoming Music Program
Release Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, PA– Chestnut Hill College announced today that it has joined an elite group of institutions worldwide that have achieved "All-Steinway" status. The designation was made official on January 6, 2011 with the purchase of new instruments from Jacobs Music Company. Now, College faculty and students will learn, practice and perform only on pianos designed by the world-famous Steinway & Sons, whose instruments are the piano of choice for serious musicians worldwide. Chestnut Hill College will celebrate its newly acquired “All-Steinway” status with a weekend of events Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22 on the College campus. A Peformathon, sponsored by Jacobs Music and hosted by the College, will bring young musicians from the area to play for the public to raise funds for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
The College is one of five schools in the Philadelphia area to achieve the “All-Steinway” designation, and the only Catholic college in the area to do so. This impressive designation signifies the College’s dedication to musical excellence and entrance into a select worldwide group of 124 “All-Steinway” colleges, conservatories and music schools.
“We are grateful to the College administration for this investment in the future of our music programs through the purchase of the Steinway pianos,” said Kathleen McCloskey, SSJ, M.M.Ed., assistant professor and chair of the music/music education department. “This commitment places us in the company of some of the most prestigious institutions worldwide and assists us in our efforts to offer the best possible music programs to our present and future students.”
Every student practice room and many of the College’s teaching classrooms received new Boston upright pianos (which are designed by Steinway & Sons) and all performance sites now have either a new Steinway or new Boston grand. Over the past five years, the College’s enrollment in the music and music education programs has steadily increased, in addition to the number of non-music majors who perform in vocal and instrumental ensembles.
"We are proud to partner with an institution that, like Steinway & Sons, has a rich history and strong commitment to excellence," said Sally Coveleskie, National Director, Institutional Sales, Steinway & Sons. "We applaud the dedication of Chestnut Hill College to ensuring that their students have the best equipment possible for the study of music."