WSCC Media Relations
Wallace State Community College celebrated earning its significant distinction as an All-Steinway School during an hour-long dedication at the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts on Oct. 4.
Wallace State hosted three Steinway & Sons representatives and enjoyed a performance by pianist Dr. Anthony Pattin, professor emeritus at the University of Montevallo.
“We are honored and passionate about being part of this celebration and take pride you have chosen us to be your music provider,” said Tommy Eades, a Steinway & Sons representative who visited the college from New York.
As an All-Steinway School, Wallace State joins elite company of approximately 140 schools, including the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Yale University, the Rimsky Korsakov School of Music in Moscow and Amadeus International School of Music in Vienna, as institutions who meet stringent requirements provided by Steinway & Sons. Ninety percent or more of the acoustic pianos owned by the institutions must be Steinway & Sons, Boston or Essex pianos, and the institution must maintain an inventory of at least 10 Steinway pianos.
Eades added that the Wallace State concert grand piano, on display during the celebration, took approximately a year to manufacture and no fewer than 345 people had a hand in its production.
“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 Dr. Vicki Hawsey.
Wallace State is the lone community college in Alabama to receive the All-Steinway distinction, a goal set in motion more than seven years ago.
“It’s been quite a long hard road to get this far, and it’s a great pleasure for all of us in the fine arts department to have these pianos,” said Ricky Burks, Wallace State Fine and Performing Arts Chair.
During the dedication event, Dr. Pattin played a handful of his favorite selections for the audience. A versatile musician, Pattin is a skilled improviser, organist, composer and arranger. He gave his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in the spring of 1998 and among performing concerts in the United States, Japan and Europe, Pattin also has appeared with the Alabama Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Detroit Metropolitan Orchestra, the Arkansas Symphony and the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jon McClaran and Brandon Herrenbruck were the other Steinway & Sons representatives at the celebration. Drs. Paul and Kathy Stevens were recognized for their contribution to the Wallace State initiative.
For more information about Wallace State, visit wallacestate.edu.