Philanthropy Brings Beautiful Music to School of Fine Arts

A look at the pianos’ delivery to the Music Department, featuring Director Eric Rice.
Many thanks to the Lawrence J. and Natalie D. Portell Foundation for their support!

A walk through the Music Department wing of the School of Fine Arts building most times of the day provides a traveler with an eclectic mix of piano styles and sounds emanating from the 38 practice rooms spread throughout the building.

The recent delivery of 12 new pianos to the Music Department will make those sounds brighter for many years to come, part of the University’s effort to replace its inventory of 88 aging pianos with a median age of 60 years, including some that date back to the early 20th century.

The purchase of the new pianos is the fulfillment of private philanthropy and a gift made in 2012 by The Lawrence J. Portell and Natalie D. Portell Foundation. The new pianos will replace instruments that are 30 years old.

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