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Grant helps Randolph purchase new pianos

A close-up of one of the new Boston upright pianosA $26,449 grant from the E.K. Sloane Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation is helping Randolph purchase two new pianos for its music department.

The upright, Steinway-designed Boston pianos were delivered to practice rooms in Presser Hall this morning. They join a third Boston upright procured last year through a similar grant from the Sloane Fund. Music professor Emily Yap Chua said the new pianos will provide students with additional professional-level instruments for practice and rehearsal.

“The music department is grateful for these grants from the Sloane Fund, which has provided past assistance to the College for purchase and repair of our pianos,” Chua said.

Randolph is donating the pianos which are being replaced to R.S. Payne Elementary School. Randolph’s piano technician, T.J. Matthews, helped coordinate the donation with William Claytor, director of the Strings Program at R.S. Payne.

One of the new pianos being delivered to Randolph College.In addition to the Boston uprights, Randolph received another Steinway console upright from a private donor in December. The new pianos are bringing Randolph closer to being designated as an All-Steinway School.

“The All-Steinway School designation will demonstrate our commitment to providing students with high-quality facilities and resources,” Chua said. “Fulfillment of the designation is multifaceted, and updating the instrument collection is one component of that goal. Grants and donations of this kind bring us closer, but we still have a long way to go. We are fortunate to benefit from the generosity of these individuals and organizations, and look forward to additional opportunities in the future.”

Students in Randolph’s music department study with faculty who have trained at some of the top conservatories and music institutions around the world. The music curriculum gives students the opportunity to expand their breadth of knowledge in theory, history, and performance. The bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, and a minor in music are offered. Secondary education licensure endorsement is also available.

Students of all majors participate in the music department, whether performing in ensembles, taking theory and history classes, or studying an instrument in individual lessons. In addition to piano, the department offers private lessons in organ, voice, harpsichord, fortepiano, strings, woodwinds, brass, and drum set.

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is southeastern Virginia’s largest grant and scholarship provider. Since its founding in 1950, the regional community foundation and its donors have provided more than $230 million in grants and scholarships to improve life in southeastern Virginia. For more information, visit www.hamptonroadscf.org.



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