George Mason University
A "Grand Celebration"
... An Extraordinary Gift:
An extraordinary gift of sixteen brand new Steinway grand pianos has enabled Mason to become an All-Steinway School. Sidney O. Dewberry, former rector of Mason’s Board of Visitors, spearheaded an initiative last spring to make Mason a registered “All-Steinway School.” Through private support of individual donors and matching funds from the University, the music department has been able to purchase sixteen top-of-the-line Steinway grand pianos for the deLaski practice rooms/teaching studios.
Additionally, all students at the Mason School of Music benefit from this extremely important advantage: every practice room and teaching studio in our performing arts facility contains a Steinway grand piano.
All-Steinway Schools provide a commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the study of music. Pianos are critical to every aspect of the instrumental and vocal programs at George Mason University. This truly transformational gift will
have an enormous impact on the quality of the practice, teaching, and performance situations that our outstanding music students and faculty encounter on a daily basis. In addition, having superior instruments will help us in recruiting and retaining the very best music students and faculty to GMU.
Becoming an All-Steinway School speaks volumes about a music department because it symbolizes the highest levels of excellence and commitment to quality. George Mason University is among the ranks of distinguished schools such as the Juilliard School of Music, the Yale School of Music, and the Oberlin College Conservatory. Read More.