Gustavus to Celebrate All-Steinway Distinction

Posted on April 30th, 2007 by

Gustavus Adolphus College will celebrate its place on the “All-Steinway Schools” list with a dedication piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4 at Jussi Björling Recital Hall. Seniors Ryan Ike, Phil Sowden, Beth Stauffer, Brianna Vaa, and Alex Zupan will all perform pieces at the dedication. Sam Eberwein from Steinway and Sons will be present to make the official presentation to the College’s Department of Music.

Steinway and Sons are makers of what many musicians consider to be the world’s best pianos. To be considered for the Steinway distinction, at least 90 percent of a school’s pianos must be Steinways. According to the Steinway and Sons website, “All-Steinway schools demonstrate a commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the study of music.”

Currently there are 66 colleges, universities and conservatories throughout the world that can say they are an All-Steinway School. Gustavus is one of four All-Steinway Schools from Minnesota along with Bemidji State University, Concordia University-St. Paul, and the University of Minnesota.

Friday’s dedication recital is free and open to the public and no ticket is needed for admission. For more information contact Gustavus’ Director of Fine Arts Programs Al Behrends at 507/933-7103 or


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