several steps closer to becoming an all-Steinway campus thanks
to the Music Alliance, a support group for the College’s
Through its piano fund, the Alliance supports a plan to furnish
the Music Department’s practice rooms and faculty studios
with Steinway pianos. When this project started, the College had
two Steinways: a 9-foot concert grand in Foy Hall and a 7-foot
grand in Peter Hall. The piano fund’s first gift helped buy
two studio pianos for practice rooms.
spring, the fund’s
coffers held $24,860. By combining this with a $25,000 gift from
the Presser Foundation of Haverford,
the Music Department acquired two more Steinways in August: a
small grand and a studio upright.
Presser Foundation, charitable arm of the oldest continuing
music publisher in the United States, is an old friend of the
College. In 1998, it gave a $25,000 challenge grant toward
the Music Department’s
upgrade of music technology resources. This money enabled the
College to leverage additional funds to buy electronic equipment.
2001, the foundation gave Moravian another $25,000 to renovate
the electronic keyboard lab. With its six new Yamaha electronic
keyboards and a lab controller, the room now is called the
Presser Piano Lab.
Music Alliance has about $5,000 left as seed money in the piano
fund: “a good start on the next
keyboard,” says James
Barnes, chair of the department.
piano purchase also benefited some younger Moravian students.
Jacobs Music of Philadelphia,
the Steinway dealer
the new instruments came, held a Steinway Performathon
on October 18
at the Kimmel Center, glamorous new home of the Philadelphia
Orchestra. Eleven students of the Moravian College Music
Institute, an after-school
conservatory-style program for children, were included
in this performance blitz. They were Jenna Lynn Wayne,
Kavita and Jeevan Jain-Cooks, Rebecca Pottenger, John
Baylor, Julia Lipkis, David and Deborah Chi, Jennifer Lee, and
who are students of artist-lecturers Arianna Goldina,
Henkelmann ’78, ’83,
Martha Schrempel, Jenny Saloky Collins ’75, Barbara
Thompson, and Jane Checkeye.
9, is the daughter of composer-in-residence Larry Lipkis, Bertha-Mae
and Jay L. Starner Professor of Music.
performathon went very well and was a real coup for the Music
Institute,” Lipkis says. “A crew from
Channel 17 filmed parts of it and aired it during
the ten-o’clock news. The
segment lasted less than two minutes, but otherwise
it was a good clip.”