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Morrison Foundation $50K grant provides new pianos

January 29, 2014, 2:21 pm
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NNU has received a $50,000 grant from the Harry W. Morrison Foundation for the purchase of new pianos for the university’s music department to advance skill development and education of students. The grant, in combination with university funds, allows for the purchase of five new Boston pianos to be housed in student practice rooms.

From its beginning in 1952, the Morrison Foundation has been committed to the financial support of educational, medical, church, cultural and community service organizations, mostly in the state of Idaho. This is the Morrison Foundation’s fourth major grant to NNU, providing a total of $216,450 to the university since 2005. Recent gifts from the foundation have supported the University Fund Campaign in 2005, the purchase of SimMan—a human-like learning apparatus—for the nursing department in 2009 and the Leah Peterson Learning Commons Campaign in 2012.

The recently gifted Boston pianos, designed by Steinway & Sons and built by Kawai America Corporation, were delivered to campus last week by Dunkley Music. Among the new instruments are one Performance Edition 6-foot-4 inch grand piano, one Performance Edition 7-foot piano and three Performance Edition vertical pianos.

NNU professor of music and piano instructor Dr. Walden Hughes shared his excitement about the new instruments. “These pianos are of the highest quality and will serve NNU well over the next century; university music students are indeed fortunate to have them available to enhance their musical education on campus.”

The Morrison grant also enables NNU to progress one step closer to the university’s goal of receiving the seal of an All-Steinway School. All-Steinway schools demonstrate a commitment to excellence in education and musical equipment for the study and practice of their students. As the name also indicates, pianos owned by these institutions are exclusively designed by Steinway and Sons. According to Hughes, NNU is two-thirds of the way to attaining this status.


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