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October 2, 2012

Ceremony Recognizing Wallace State as “All-Steinway School” Thursday, Oct. 4


WSCC Media Relations

CULLMAN — Wallace State Community College in Hanceville will be officially recognized as an All-Steinway School, Alabama’s first community college to achieve such distinction, during a ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct, 4, at the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts.

The public is invited to attend the event as Wallace State joins the elite company of just over 140 All-Steinway Schools worldwide, including such institutions as the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Yale University, the Rimsky Korsakov School of Music in Moscow, and Amadeus International School of Music in Vienna.  

The All-Steinway School designation is granted to institutions who meet stringent requirements provided by Steinway & Sons. Ninety percent or more of the acoustic pianos owned by the institution must be Steinway & Sons, Boston or Essex pianos, and the institution must maintain an inventory of at least 10 Steinway pianos.

“The All-Steinway designation has been a goal of ours because it is a mark of excellence, and our priority is to serve students with excellence,” said Wallace State President Vicki Hawsey.

Representatives from Steinway & Sons will be on hand to make the presentation. The New York-based company has been making pianos by hand since 1853.

The ceremony will include a performance by pianist Anthony Pattin, professor emeritus at the University of Montevallo. A live jazz performance will accompany a reception in the Grand Foyer afterwards.

Dr. Pattin gave his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in the spring of 1998.

Pattin has performed concerts throughout the United States, including on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Concerto Series in Chicago, broadcast live on National Public Radio. In addition to two concert tours in Japan, he has appeared in concerts throughout Europe and Central America.  He has appeared with the Alabama Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Detroit Metropolitan Orchestra, the Arkansas Symphony, and most recently the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008-2012. A prize winner in several national piano competitions, he was first-prize winner of the  Bartok-Kabalevsky International Piano Competition held at Radford University, Radford, Va., in 1988.

In a review of his Carnegie Hall concert, the critic for the New York Concert Review magazine called Pattin,”a pianist of definite skills and strength.” Darrell Rosenbluth, writing for the New York Concert Review, said of his most recent New York recital, “Pattin is a solid presence onstage, confident and gracious. His music making speaks of great involvement and erudition. With the ear and ability to vary tone color with constancy, his palette is a good one.”

He earned a bachelor of music degree from Toledo University and subsequently earned a master of music degree from the University of Michigan. He received a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Alabama in 1994. All three degrees are in piano performance. He was professor of music at the University of Montevallo from 1987-2011. While at Montevallo he received the Distinguished Teacher Award for the College of Fine Arts in 2001-2002 and the following year was named the University of Montevallo University Scholar Award recipient.

A versatile musician, he is also a skilled improviser, organist, composer and arranger. He has recorded six CDs and is the 2011 recipient of the first Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Toledo’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

For more information about Wallace State All-Steinway School event, contact Ricky Burks, Fine and Performing Arts Division Chair, at 256-352-8287 or ricky.burks@wallacestate.edu.