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Kent State's School of Music Becomes 150th Institution Worldwide With the All-Steinway School Designation

Posted Dec. 11, 2012

Steinway GalaKent State University's College of the Arts recently celebrated the successful conclusion of its Steinway Campaign, raising $2.7 million dollars - enough to purchase nearly 70 new pianos. Generous gifts of donors such as the estate of Elizabeth Fennell, Audio-Technica U.A., the Kent State University Foundation Board, David and Carol Pulk, an anonymous donor and many others who sponsored the effort, enabled the college's Hugh A. Glauser School of Music to be designated as an All-Steinway School.

"The faculty and staff of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music are dedicated to providing our students with the best opportunities to succeed," said Denise Seachrist, Ph.D., director of Kent State's School of Music. "Being an All-Steinway School is a significant way in which we can help our students achieve their goals. Through this designation, the School of Music visibly and aurally demonstrates its commitment to 'Excellence in Action' by providing our students and faculty with top-quality teaching and performing instruments which challenge and enhance our talent, learning and teaching."

All-Steinway Schools demonstrate a commitment to artistic and educational excellence by providing their students and faculty with the best equipment possible for the study of music. Attaining the designation emphasizes the value the university places in the future of music education and artistic expression.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have obtained this designation for the School of Music," said John Crawford, Ph.D., dean of Kent State's College of the Arts. "We are so appreciative to the many donors who helped make this happen."

A prestigious honor, the All-Steinway designation places Kent State in a select group of global institutions of higher education that exclusively feature Steinway & Sons pianos in their recital halls, faculty studios, practice rooms and classrooms.

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Photo Caption:
Kent State University Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Todd Diacon, Kent State School of Music Director Denise Seachrist, Steinway & Sons President Ron Losby and Kent State College of the Arts Dean John R. Crawford pose for a picture after Losby presented Seachrist with flowers and announced the All-Steinway designation.

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