Murray Department of Music Acquires 34 New Kawai Pianos
the first concert grand piano was carried into the concert hall of the
Falany Performing Arts Center, so began a new day for the Murray
Department of Music at Reinhardt College as the newest member of the
Kawai EPIC program.
Kawai America, a California-based piano
manufacturer, started the EPIC (Elite Performing Instrument Collection)
program with the Shigeru Kawai Endowment. Institutions that qualify are
given the opportunity to acquire an elite assortment of fine Kawai and
Shigeru Kawai instruments at sponsored cost levels.
program at Reinhardt provides a challenging and rewarding educational
experience," said Dr. Dennis McIntire, assistant dean for music. 'We had
to select performance instruments that would enable our students to
meet our high academic standards. Kawai and Shigeru Kawai pianos exceed
our standards of instrumental excellence and benefit not only the
students and faculty, but also the concert artists from around the world
who perform here."
Beginning in December, the first three grand
pianos were placed with more on the way, including new digital pianos
for the music lab. McIntire said the reaction from students was
"We've had more potential piano students audition
than the last three years combined just since word has gotten out about
this acquisition," McIntire said.
McIntire credited the
enthusiasm and dedication of Reinhardt Trustee Ken White and Reinhardt
President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood with helping this KAWAI partnership
come to fruition.
"With the support of both Mr. White and Dr.
Isherwood, we are making great strides forward for the music program at
Reinhardt," McIntire said.
As an EPIC institution, Reinhardt will
also receive national recognition sponsored by Kawai in music and trade
publications, will be permanently featured on the Kawai US website,
have regular visits from Kawai Master Piano Artisans and access to Kawai
artists and speakers.