K-State School Of Music Receives New Pianos

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - This week Kansas State University welcomed in a special delivery of pianos.

On Monday around 60 pianos were delivered or leaving the K-State campus. The average age of the instruments that left was over 40 years old and all new instruments are of the Steinway line.

"By the end of 2014 we will have completed the all-Steinway initiative and we will be listed with the very elite few schools throughout the world that all-Steinway status," said School of Music Director Gary Mortenson. "So that’s why today is such an important day in the life of the school music, theater, and dance at Kansas State University."

The School of Music was recently the recipient of a major gift from K-State graduate Mark Chapman. As a result of the gift, around 30 new pianos will go into faculty studios and practice studios, as well as classrooms.

"It’s pretty off the charts," said Staff Accompanist Amanda Arrington. "This is hard to even compare, but it really allows me to play at my very top level and I think that it improves the quality of the collaboration with every single person that I work with because of better sound from this instrument and it inspires better sound from them as well. So it really is a joy to play every single day."

Faculty and staff hope the new instruments will transform the quality of the keyboard inventory at K-State.