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HPU Earns Special Designation Thanks To Addition Of 14 Steinway Pianos

01.19.2010

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 19, 2010 ? High Point University has become the 110th university in the world and the first university in North Carolina to be designated an “All Steinway School,” thanks to the Jan. 11 delivery of several of the high-quality instruments to campus.

The 14 handsome Steinway pianos ? which were all handmade in New York ? made their way to the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, paving the way for faculty and students to experience music at its finest.
Dr. Marc Ashley Foster, chair of the Department of Music at HPU, explains that Steinways are considered by most musicians around the world as the finest piano made today.

“Each piano takes more than a year of work to complete,” Foster says. “Compare this to other brands that are machine-produced and can take only weeks to complete. This is also why Steinway pianos are the most expensive on the market. Steinways are the only pianos made today that appreciate in value after purchase. Our investment today will grow measurably in a matter of a mere five to 10 years. Other brands are like car purchases ? the moment you buy it, it loses value.”

The investment in the new Steinway pianos means a great deal to the Music Department at HPU.

“With the new Steinways in each practice room and teaching studio, our students and professors have the finest instruments made today on which to improve their art.  It’s kind of like going from driving a 1980 Toyota Tercell to a 2010 Rolls Royce,” says Foster.

Foster says there is truly nothing greater that the university could do to demonstrate HPU?s commitment to excellence for its music students.

“Because of this new designation, we will be able to incorporate the Steinway logo in marketing for our programs,” Foster says. “For a musician, the Steinway logo has immense marketing value. We will also have access to the Steinway Corporate offices in New York, and will have a representative give us a yearly evaluation of all our Steinway instruments. This truly becomes a partnership between Steinway and HPU. In the musical community, becoming an ‘All-Steinway School’ takes an almost unknown program and puts it on the map.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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