Announcing an All-Steinway Initiative

All-Steinway Schools demonstrate a commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the student of music. From the practice room to the recital hall, all pianos are designed by Steinway & Sons. In order to gain the same prestigious distinction that the University of West Florida, the University of Montevallo, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and Spring Hill College have recently accomplished, The University of South Alabama announces an All-Steinway School Initiative. If you are interested in helping the Department of Music reach this prestigious goal, please contact Department Chair Dr. Greg Gruner at (251) 460-6804 or ggruner@southalabama.edu. The current inventory and needs are as follows:

RECITAL HALL
The University of South Alabama’s Recital Hall feature two Steinway “D” nine-foot concert grand pianos. The second of the two instruments was a gift in 2012, made possible by the considerable generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Allam Baaheth.

PRACTICE ROOMS
In its fifty-year history, USA has never supplied its practice rooms with new instruments. Most of the current instruments are over thirty years old. Currently, the twelve practice rooms house four Yamaha upright pianos. The condition of the aforementioned instruments range from fair to very poor. In addition, one practice room has a piano on loan from USA’s piano technician and the other three rooms have electronic instruments. Needs: Four (4) Steinway “M” five-foot-seven-inch grand pianos and three (3) Steinway “K52” upright pianos.

PIANO STUDIOS
The department’s two piano teaching studios have four instruments, three of which are Steinway grand pianos in fair condition, ranging in age from sixty to ninety years old. The fourth piano is a Steinway “M” five-foot-seven-inch piano, provided by Dan and Merrellyn Miller’s commitment and benevolence to USA’s music programs. Needs: One (1), preferably two (2) Steinway “B” seven-foot-ten-inch grand piano for each studio.

VOCAL AND CHORAL STUDIOS
The two teaching studios have Yamaha grand pianos, which are at least thirty-five years old and are in fair condition. Voice teachers utilize piano accompaniment on a daily basis for virtually every student’s lesson. The instruments in the vocal and choral studios must provide a quality sound and have suitable construction for the rigorous teaching demands. Needs: One (1) Steinway “O” five-foot-ten-inch grand piano for each studio.

OTHER FACULTY STUDIOS
Five studios have forty-year-old Yamaha pianos and two have electronic pianos. Rehearsals and teaching demands require a more solid, stable instrument. Needs: Seven (7) Steinway “K52” upright pianos.

CLASSROOMS
One classroom has an upright Kohler & Campbell piano, while the other two have electronic pianos. Needs: Two (2) Steinway “K52” upright pianos.

SUMMARY OF NEEDS FOR THE ALL-STEINWAY INITIATIVE

  • FOUR (4) STEINWAY ”B” SEVEN-FOOT CONCERT GRAND PIANOS
  • TWO (2) STEINWAY “O” FIVE-FOOT-TEN-INCH GRAND PIANOS
  • FIVE (5) STEINWAY “M” FIVE-FOOT-SEVEN-INCH GRAND PIANOS
  • TEN (10) STEINWAY “K52” UPRIGHT PIANOS

COST ANALYSIS

FINANCING THE INITIATIVE
Donation needed to purchase Steinway pianos for the All-Steinway designation: $600,000.00
Donation needed to service and maintain all departmental Steinways in perpetuity: $400,000.00
Funding the Entire All-Steinway School Initiative and Program Naming Rights: $1,000,000.00
(This would include $600,000.00 for a direct purchase of instruments with the other $400,000.00 for an endowment)

CURRENT LIST PRICE FOR INDIVIDUAL INSTRUMENTS *

    • STEINWAY ”B” 7-FOOT CONCERT GRAND - $90,600.00
    • STEINWAY “O” 5'10" GRAND - $69,600.00
    • STEINWAY “M” 5'7" GRAND - $61,800.00
    • STEINWAY “K52” UPRIGHT - $32,800.00

REALIZING THE VISION
Your financial partnership with the Department of Music is crucial to the success of our All-Steinway School Initiative. It is essential that we provide the finest tools for quality teaching and performing. Whether the gift is a single instrument or multiple instruments, each contribution will impact our students and faculty for decades to come. As a benefactor in our musical family, your generosity will continue to provide the department with inspiration and resources to further the pursuit of excellence in music.

If you are interested in helping the Department of Music reach this prestigious goal, please contact Department Chair Dr. Greg Gruner at (251) 460-6804 or ggruner@southalabama.edu.

* PLEASE NOTE: The University of South Alabama will receive a discount for purchases; the discount rate increases with a higher number of instruments purchased.