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All-Steinway School Initiative

Steinway Piano Close Up

Providing Students With a Legacy of Excellence

Howard Community College invites you to join us in our initiative to become an All-Steinway School. This designation is awarded to an institution directly by Steinway & Sons, providing 90% of the pianos owned by the institution are designed by Steinway.

The All-Steinway School Initiative would equip HCC's teaching, practicing and performance spaces with 21 new Steinway pianos at a cost of $2,000,000. The gold standard of pianos, Steinway pianos are renowned for their almost indestructible construction quality and longevity.

Your support of this All-Steinway School Initiative will help provide students and faculty with the finest quality pianos for instruction that deliver greater precision, uniformity of touch and sound quality. Steinway pianos inspire students to realize their artistic talents, and best prepare them to compete at the highest level in the professional world. Becoming an All-Steinway School will demonstrate the college's commitment to educational excellence and quality. With this designation, HCC will join the ranks of prestigious All-Steinway Schools around the country including Yale School of Music, The Juilliard School, University of Maryland, and many more.

For questions or help on how to support the All-Steinway School Initiative, contact the Howard Community College Educational Foundation at 443-518-1970.
  • Key Facts

    The Students

    • More than 13,000 students take music courses each year at Howard Community College.
    • Music students spend over 11,000 hours practicing on our pianos each semester.
    • Music students who transfer to All-Steinway Schools have largely reported the positive impact of using Steinways in their studies.
    • An All-Steinway School designation will help increase the number of talented music students enrolling at HCC, and greatly improve the preparation level of students transferring to other prestigious All-Steinway institutions.

    The Benefits

    • Our music majors will be able to learn, practice, rehearse, and perform on a daily basis with an instrument of unrivaled acoustical and performance qualities.
    • Our cultural partners, including Candlelight Concert Society, Howard County Music Teachers' Association, Howard County Concert Orchestra and Howard County Public School System, will also benefit from having the highest-quality pianos available.
    • Our music program, already distinguished by accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music, will further elevate its excellent reputation and be positioned to recruit and retain an even higher caliber and greater number of students, faculty, and guest artists.
    • Howard Community College would have the distinction of becoming the first two-year college in Maryland designated an All-Steinway institution.
    • Our patrons’ experience will be enriched by the distinctive artistry that Steinway's foster in both student and professional performances.
    • YOUR donation will help provide a legacy of excellence in music teaching and performance for current and future generations!

    The History

    • Steinway made their first grand piano in 1857.
    • In 1860, the company built a large modern factory at 4th Avenue (now Park Avenue) from 52nd to 53rd Street.
    • Henry Steinway, Jr. obtained an important patent for cross-stringing on a single-piece cast-iron frame, a signal point in the development of the modern piano. 
    • Steinway pianos are the most cost-effective pianos due to their low maintenance costs and lasting quality.
    • HCC owns a historic Steinway & Sons piano that was crafted in 1860. It is a beautiful 7-foot. Steinway B, built in the Victorian style, and has the traditional 85 keys of that period. The piano has exquisite details in the carving of the legs and the music rack. It is currently located in The Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, room 400.
  • Giving Opportunities

    The Howard Community College Educational Foundation provides a variety of gift opportunities and giving levels to help the college equip their teaching, practice, and performance spaces with the gold standard in music education.  Please contact the HCCEF at 443-518-1970 for more information. 

    Named Piano Gifts - Honor a family name, pay tribute to a friend, or commemorate others who are deserving of this permanent symbol of recognition. A plaque will be placed on the piano recognizing your contribution, and you will be acknowledged on a donor wall.  

    Society Gifts - Contributions to the All-Steinway School Initiative will earn special recognition in a donor society, as follows:

    Anton Rubinstein Society (Over $100,000)

    Ignacy Paderewski Society ($75,000 - $99,999)

    Alicia de Larrocha Society ($40,000 - $74,999)

    Vladimir Horowitz Society ($15,000 - $39,999)

    Duke Ellington Society ($5,000 - $14,999)

    David and Shirley Affens

    Van Cliburn Society ($1,000 - $4,999)

    Shoekai Yeh

Giving makes a difference! Your support helps students along their pathways to success.