Posted 3/14/2011 08:56 am
Updated 2 years ago
FAYETTEVILLE -- The University of Arkansas has announced a $1 million gift for the establishment of a piano fund to support the purchase and maintenance of instruments brought to the university through the All-Steinway School initiative.
The gift was made by J.W. and Emily McAllister of Memphis, and the fund will bear their name.
Steinway brand pianos are the preferred instruments of more than 99 percent of the concert artists worldwide.
"We have a strong commitment to the arts at the University of Arkansas," said Chancellor G. David Gearhart in a press release. "Becoming an All-Steinway School was an important step as we strive to attract the very best faculty and the highest achieving students possible. J.W. and Emily are very generous benefactors who have a sincere passion for music and for student success, and this gift will serve as a tremendous catalyst for our arts and music programs. Through their amazing philanthropy, they are also inspiring others to step forward and assist the university."
The University of Arkansas is one of only 123 schools in the world - including conservatories, colleges, universities and other schools of distinction - that have attained the All-Steinway honor.
"The All-Steinway School designation means our students and faculty now have the very best instruments to perfect their art and craft," said Jura Margulis, holder of the Emily J. McAllister Endowed Professorship in Piano and internationally recognized concert pianist and pedagogue. "It is because of such rare people like J.W. and Emily that we are able to provide exceptional educational and performance experiences to a group of already gifted musicians and attract new talent to the U of A."