ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University music department faculty and administrators gathered in the Eccles Concert Hall Monday afternoon to receive a special gift from Zions Bank: A new Model D Concert Grand Steinway piano, worth $162,000.
This donation is an important step for Dixie State’s music department as it works toward becoming an All-Steinway School.
Jeffrey Jarvis, dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, thanked Zions Bank CEO and President Scott Anderson, who, he says, has been a strong supporter of the arts.
“The best music programs in the country are All-Steinway,” Jarvis said. “This gives every student a world-class professional instrument to play and means that all of our music students will have a better experience from freshman year to graduation.”
Upon the piano’s arrival in the concert hall, faculty took turns stepping on stage to play expressive pieces and experience the sound of the new instrument.
Nancy Allred, an associate piano professor, was the first to tickle the brand new ivories.
“It’s gorgeous,” she said, after playing a lyrical piece. “It really responds. Steinways have souls, and this one definitely does.”
While there is more work to do to attain All-Steinway status, DSU Music Department Chair Glenn Webb says Zions Bank’s donation is an invaluable contribution to the university.
“This additional Steinway piano will enhance our teaching and performances within our department,” Webb said. “This support from the private sector vitalizes our work with students as we fulfill our vision of encouraging excellence, cultivating creativity and pioneering pathways.”
Jarvis says the piano will not only benefit piano majors but also all music majors and concert attendees.
“It’s really for everybody,” he said. “Everyone who comes to a concert here will get to hear it; this instrument is truly amazing.”
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