More than 120 music lovers and Pellissippi State Community College supporters gathered recently at Cherokee Country Club for the college’s launching of the All Steinway School campaign.
The goal of the campaign, which is being coordinated by the Pellissippi State Foundation, is to raise enough funds to place 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.
Guests were treated to an evening of jazz, classical music and solos as they heard about the college’s burgeoning Music program and its goal of becoming an All Steinway School.
Several speakers—Allen Edwards, Pellissippi State president; Mary Costa, opera singer and voice of Princess Aurora, better known as Disney’s Sleeping Beauty; Becky Paylor, chair of the Pellissippi State Foundation board; and Bill Brewer, Pellissippi State’s Music program coordinator—addressed the audience about the need to replace existing pianos.
“We don’t have athletic teams at Pellissippi State,” said Edwards. “The Music program is our football team. When other schools are sending out athletic teams, we’re sending out musicians as our ambassadors.”
Costa talked about her experiences with Disney, the recording of “Sleeping Beauty” and the importance of the Music program to the area.
“I really am a big supporter of Pellissippi State’s Music program,” she said. “It’s important for the students to learn on the best possible instruments.”
Paylor has served on the Pellissippi State Foundation Board of Trustees for several years and is enthusiastic about the All Steinway School campaign. She pronounced the evening to be a very successful event.
“It was a great kickoff,” she said. “Money was raised, but we still have a lot of work to do before reaching our goal. In keeping with all the other programs Pellissippi State offers, our desire is to provide the highest quality music department we can for our students.”
The Steinway & Sons began producing pianos in 1853. Each piano is made by hand, requiring up to one full year to produce. Steinway pianos are the preferred instrument of nine out of 10 concert artists worldwide.
For information about participating in or giving to the All Steinway School campaign, visit www.pstcc.edu/steinway or call the Foundation at (865) 694-6528. For information about the Music program, visit www.pstcc.edu/departments/arts/music or call (865) 539-7178.