Steinway & Sons grants Nicholls ‘All-Steinway’ status

THIBODAUX – Later this month, Nicholls State University will formally join a group of nearly 130 global institutions of higher education that exclusively feature Steinway & Sons pianos for performance and music education.

With the “All-Steinway School” designation, the Nicholls Department of Music becomes only the second Louisiana program to claim such a distinction, after Tulane University. Institutions outside Louisiana include the Yale School of Music, China Conservatory of Music and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

“Serious music students and prospective students know that Steinway pianos are the finest in the world,” Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, Nicholls president, said. “I am quite proud that Steinway & Sons has chosen Nicholls to be included in this elite group. The designation solidifies the Department of Music’s global reputation for excellence, and we look forward to new recruiting possibilities as a result.”

Funding for Nicholls’ Steinways began in 2007 with gifts from private donors and foundations and continues with annual fundraising events such as the Monster Piano Concert. This year’s concert, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Talbot Theater on campus, will include an official “All-Steinway School” plaque presentation by a representative from Steinway & Sons, New York.

“During the past few years, I have seen the display of the university’s steely resolve in action, moving ever forward towards the accomplishment of a goal that some thought impossible,” Steve Kinchen, president and co-owner of Hall Piano of Metairie, Nicholls’ Steinway provider, said. “The community surrounding Nicholls can be proud of this accomplishment, and we are blessed to have been a part of their vision.”

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