I dreamed of Bach and concertos last week—our Department of Music received an anonymous gift of 28 Steinway pianos, making The George Washington University one of only 100 “all-Steinway Universities” in the country.
This magnificent gift will be such a treat for our talented students and help build our growing music program. We could not be more grateful to our mystery donor for his or her generosity and commitment. My Executive Associate Dean and former Chair of the Department of Music, Roy Guenther, said it best: “I never dreamed that something like this would be possible.”
During move-in day early last week, the pianos caused quite a stir in the halls. We literally widened the door on one room so that we could move in the gorgeous baby grand piano, and employed some creative rearranging in our music rooms to accommodate our glorious gifts.
To our gracious donor, please accept our special thanks for the pianos and for your scholarship support. The American-made Steinway pianos are a welcome addition to GW, especially as we celebrate the Department of Music’s 50th anniversary this year.