(March 20, 2019) The Ohio University School of Music has been committed to the highest artistic and pedagogical standards since it officially opened more than a century ago. Its recent acquisition of 41 Yamaha pianos is a testament to that commitment to excellence.
The School of Music’s Keyboard Division has distinguished itself as an international leader in the field of keyboard education, offering a broad spectrum of degrees and innovative curricula designed to train keyboard musicians to enter the profession with skill and confidence. Recognized for its nurturing yet rigorous learning environment, the school’s programs promote high performance and academic standards through a wide range of performance opportunities, stimulating coursework, supervised teaching and research initiatives.
In December, 38 Yamaha P22 vertical studio pianos were moved into a variety of practice rooms, classrooms and teaching studios at Robert Glidden Hall. An additional three Yamaha CX Conservatory grand pianos were placed into a dedicated graduate rehearsal room, a piano major practice room and Professor of Piano and Chair of the Keyboard Division Dr. Christopher Fisher’s faculty studio. The new P22 pianos are replacing Yamaha P2 pianos, many of which were acquired more than 50 years ago, holding up much longer than other models from the 1980s and 90s. The quality and longevity of the Yamaha pianos was a major proponent to why the School of Music chose Yamaha for the replacements.
Dr. Fisher noted that prior to this acquisition, a large percentage of the school’s inventory of more than 100 pianos were in need of immediate replacement. “This acquisition is an excellent first step toward addressing this issue,” he said. “These pianos will have a profound impact on the Ohio University School of Music and the Athens Community Music School and will provide current and future generations of students with quality instruments on which to train and develop their craft.”