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All-Steinway School, Benedictine College, Schmitt Music Kansas City

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas has been named an “All-Steinway School,” joining the elite list of music programs that insist on the world’s finest pianos.

On July 20th, three Steinway pianos, including a new Model D Concert Grand, arrived on campus – the final step in joining the roster of All-Steinway Schools. Now, every piano at Benedictine College, from classrooms to rehearsal rooms to the recital hall and performance venues, is a Steinway.

There are more than 2,500 colleges/universities in America and thousands more around the world, and only 172 have been designated All-Steinway Schools. Now Benedictine College joins that elite list. Not only do these schools demonstrate a commitment to high quality music education, they also commit themselves to a specified Steinway maintenance schedule that includes temperature and humidity control as well as regular tuning by Steinway & Sons technicians.

“The dream of every music department in the world is to become an All-Steinway School and we are thrilled to be among the few institutions that have this honor,” said Dr. Ruth Krusemark, chair of the Music Department and the Mother Evangelista Kremmeter Professor of Benedictine Traditions and Values. “Our students will reap the greatest benefits of the pianos by practicing and performing on the best the industry has to offer. To make music on a Steinway increases your love for the wonderful sounds the instrument provides and inspires students to reach for their highest performance potential.”

Schmitt Music Kansas City is proud to have been a part of the process. We are devoted to partnering with fine institutions to help them acquire and maintain the best instruments the world has to offer.

CLICK HERE to learn more about our Institutional Piano Sales Department. (Right: Harry Reed, Manager of Schmitt Music Kansas City, celebrates with Dr. Ruth Krusemark, Benedictine College’s Music Department Chair).  Read more about the process of becoming an All-Steinway School on Benedictine College’s website – or watch a short video clip below, featuring Dr. Ruth Krusemark performing Clair de Lune on one of the school’s new Steinway pianos.


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