The University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts/School of Music has set its sights on becoming an All-Steinway School, joining the ranks of prestigious music schools that provide students the opportunity to study using what many professional pianists consider to be the finest pianos in the world.
Dr. Roger Breland, UMobile vice president for project development and executive director of the Center for Performing Arts/School of Music
and School of Worship Leadership
, said the goal “emphasizes the university’s commitment to provide its students and faculty with the finest of musical instruments. It also enhances the university’s ability to recruit gifted student musicians.”
Among the world-class pianists who praise the instruments produced by Steinway & Sons is UMobile Artist-in-Residence Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva, who was named a Steinway Artist in April 2013. The first Steinway Artist selected from her home country of Kazakhstan, Onalbayeva joined a distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists including Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jr. and past music greats such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
She performed on the legendary Steinway piano once owned by Vladimir Horowitz during an April concert at First Baptist Church Fairhope, presented with Broussard’s Piano Gallery in Mobile, the exclusive representatives of Steinway & Sons and The Family of Steinway-Designed Pianos in the Mobile area.
“The rich, undeniable sound, incomparable tone and touch of a Steinway piano inspires students to realize their artistic talents, and best prepares them to compete at the highest level in the professional world,” Onalbayeva said.
Associate Professor of Music Becky Fox said the study of piano is the foundation of music education and performance. In order to be classified as an All-Steinway School, 95 percent of the university’s piano inventory must be Steinway & Sons.
Fox said the university is seeking donations to reach its goal of replacing 25 pianos with Steinway instruments.
“This goal will greatly enhance the educational experience that the UMobile Center for Performing Arts can offer our students, create significant opportunities to further engage the community, generate increased interest and support for our music programs, and provide a powerful recruiting tool for attracting and retaining outstanding students and faculty,” Fox said.
Tax-deductible donations may be made to the University of Mobile All-Steinway School Campaign online at www.umobile.edu/giving
and specifying Steinway School, or mail a check earmarked “Steinway School” to University of Mobile, Office of Institutional Advancement, 5735 College Pkwy, Mobile, AL 36613. For more information, contact Dr. Roger Breland at 251.442.2320.
Christy Broussard Myers of Broussard’s Piano Gallery in Mobile said a Steinway piano is the piano of choice for 98 percent of all pianists who make their living playing piano on the concert stage.
“For 160 years, Steinway & Sons has been a name associated with the world’s finest pianos,” Myers said. “The instruments are all individually handmade and are known for their incomparable sound, performance and enduring quality.
“This is why prospective students, parents and faculty choosing a school known for quality education will recognize the designation of being an All-Steinway School as a commitment to excellence,” Myers added.
Myers said All-Steinway Schools include Yale School of Music and The School of Music at Carnegie-Mellon University, among others.
“By providing the best instruments possible, institutions demonstrate their commitment to excellence at every level. Nowhere is this more evident than among our valued All-Steinway Schools, which strive to deliver an unparalleled educational experience to their students,” Myers said.
For more information about the University of Mobile, visit www.umobile.edu
or call the Center for Performing Arts/School of Music at 251.442.2320. For more information about Steinway & Sons pianos, visit www.broussardspianos.com
or call 251.344.8856.
About the University of Mobile:
The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. More than 1,600 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Christian Leadership, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and Center for Adult Programs.
University of Mobile Artist-in-Residence Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva performs on the
legendary Steinway piano once owned by Vladimir Horowitz during an April 2013
concert at First Baptist Church Fairhope, presented with Broussard's Piano Gallery.
Steinway Artist Onalbayeva with University of Mobile music students majoring in
piano, music education and worship leadership.
Onalbayeva in concert at First Baptist Church Fairhope, Alabama.