The Northern Arizona University School of Music is thrilled to announce the public launch of its All-Steinway School Initiative!

Pianos occupy a central place in all programs of music study and many facets of music performance. Our exceptionally talented NAU students deserve access to the finest instruments. That’s why we set our sights on Steinway pianos, the benchmark of excellent craftsmanship for more than 150 years.

The NAU School of Music’s piano inventory currently includes 89 pianos of various brands, age, and quality. This Initiative strives to place 61 new pianos in classrooms, practice rooms, and faculty offices and studios. The dollar value of our piano inventory approaches $2.5 million—we are already 54% toward the goal of becoming an All-Steinway School.

The weeklong celebration of the All-Steinway School Initiative was built around two performances featuring internationally renowned pianist Jeffrey Swann—Steinway Artist, Adel Artist in Residence in the School of Music, and a native of northern Arizona!

Dr. Swann opened launch week festivities with a solo recital on Monday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Ashurst Hall. His program, spotlighting Shakespeare-inspired music by Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Smetana, was part of the Horizons Concert Series. The following weekend, Dr. Swann appeared as soloist in Liszt’s devilishly difficult Totentanz (“Dance of Death”) with the NAU Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, November 15, at 3:00 p.m. in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium. Dr. Swann will return to NAU this spring on April 18th as part of the Horizons Concert Series. Tickets are available through the NAU Central Ticket Office.

To music!

Todd E. Sullivan, Ph.D.