The school's piano technician, David Forman, explained,"Originally built in the 1970's, this 9 ft. Steinway had been used as a rehearsal/performance/accompaniment instrument for almost 40 years at Westminster... and it showed!" He added, "This piano was presenting us with challenges. There were action issues, stability issues, and the tone had diminished over the years. Clearly something had to be done.
After discussing the many options with the faculty and administration, we decided to send the piano to Cunningham Piano. I have always liked their work and I trust their staff."
|David Forman checks out the Steinway concert grand in one of the Cunningham Concertization Rooms before delivery.|
On Thursday September 16th, the piano arrived, freshly rebuilt, refinished, and fine tuned. Time was set aside for the faculty and students to audition the piano and give their opinions.
Dean Robert Annis remarked, "I am not a pianist, but the sound is beautiful and so are the looks. I have heard nothing but positive comments from our faculty today."
|Cunningham Piano's head mover, Michael Williams, sets the piano upon it's dolly as part of the final installation.|
|Professor Phyllis Lehrer felt that the tone, touch, and look of the piano were excellent. She added, "This piano is warm, yet bright. There is a great "bloom" to the tone."|
|A student commented, "The piano has a lovely tone. Every piece gleams and it looks so beautiful I cannot believe that this is the same piano."|
|Rich Galassini, Co-Owner of Cunningham Piano Company, chats with Dean Robert Annis as the music faculty and students arrive.|
|Left to Right: Prof. Stefan Young, Cunningham Piano's Milo Morris, Prof. Phyllis Lehrer, Matthew Kiple, piano student, Cunningham Piano's Rich Galassini, David Forman, piano technician, and Dean Robert Annis.|