JACOBS MUSIC, THE RINALDI FAMILY AND IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY SUPPORT MUSIC THERAPY AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA WITH A SPECIAL EVENT AT IMMACULATA INCLUDING CONCERTS AND A PIANO PERFORM-A-THON!

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Jacobs Music is proud to collaborate with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to raise funds for the hospital’s Music Therapy Program.  The Music Therapy Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia helps children and families cope with pain, stress, fear, and other challenges of being in the hospital.  Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.  Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia believes in the clinical proof that music therapy improves the lives of its patients.

Jacobs Music has a strong personal connection to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as many family members of Jacobs employees have been treated there, most notably Giulianna Rinaldi, daughter of Jacobs Music Vice President Robert Rinaldi and his wife Kimberly Touch Rinaldi.  Giulianna was born with Down Syndrome and two heart defects.  Her family remains deeply grateful to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for saving her life.  To read more, please visit: http://givingangelsfoundation.org//giulianna-s-heart

In addition to online fundraising, Jacobs Music is also holding a variety of benefit performances to support music therapy at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  All concerts will be at Immaculata University’s Great Hall of Villa Maria:

Friday, June 9 at 8:00 pm: Performances by Dr. William Carr, Steinway Artist and Chair of Immaculata University’s Music Department, as well as Steve Campitelli and Gregory DiBona.

Saturday, June 10 at 7:00 pm: Friends of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Concert.  Performances by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Music Therapists, Doctors, Nurses, Staff, Patients, and their Siblings.

Thursday, June 8 to Sunday, June 11: *Children Helping Children: Perform-A-Thon Benefit for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Music Therapy Department.

*Music Teachers: We invite your students to participate in the upcoming Perform-A-Thon!  For more information, please contact your Sales Associate or Eric Benson at 484-479-4621 or eric@jacobsmusic.com.

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BUCKS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS RECOGNIZED BY STEINWAY & SONS AS AN “ALL-STEINWAY SCHOOL”

Shown above are (left) Sally Coveleskie, Steinway & Sons; Steven Bresnen, DMA, head of the Music Area of the Arts Department; Department Dean John Mathews; College President, Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt; Professor Edward Ferdinand; with Gabrielle Kazze Rinaldi, Kevin  Heinselman and Bob Rinaldi of Jacobs Music.

On Saturday, May 6, the Bucks County Community College Cultural Affairs Committee presented, UNRIVALED SOUND: A Celebration of Steinway Excellence at the Zlock Performing Arts Center on the College’s beautiful Newtown, PA Campus. The celebration included performances by the College Concert Choir, the Student Jazz Orchestra and a Jazz Faculty quartet. Oscar Hammerstein III was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. 

Bucks County Community College is the most recent of 14 institutions of higher learning in the region spanning Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern and Central New Jersey and Delaware to achieve this notable designation.  Of further distinction, BCCC is one of only three two-year colleges in the country to be both an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and an All-Steinway School.  Now, College faculty and students will learn, practice and perform only on pianos designed by the world-famous Steinway & Sons whose instruments are the piano of choice for serious musicians worldwide. Incomparable sound, unparalleled stability and enduring value make Steinway pianos the overwhelming choice of renowned conservatories, universities, colleges and music program’s around the world.

The All-Steinway Campaign was initiated in 2009 by Professor Edward Ferdinand, who teaches piano, music fundamentals, and ear training at the College. He collaborated with the Bucks County Community College Foundation to write grants and launch a fundraising campaign to make Bucks an All-Steinway School with the support of Professor Steven Bresnen, DMA, the head of the Music Area of the Arts Department, and Department Dean John Mathews. As expressed by Dean Mathews, “Bucks’ All-Steinway School status signifies the substantial investment that the institution has made in its generous support of the Arts Department and in our current and future students.”  Professor Bresnen noted, “By investing in Steinway pianos – high-quality instruments that are prized for their superior craftsmanship and design, reliability, longevity, and persistent value over time – Bucks has provided its music program, students, and faculty with a product of exceptional pragmatic and artistic merit. Having world-class pianos in virtually all of our teaching spaces will benefit every student in the pursuit of musical and academic success. We are most appreciative of the college’s commitment to excellence.”

Kevin Heinselman of Jacobs Music has worked closely with Professors Ferdinand and Bresnen and Dean Matthews to support the Music Area of the Arts Department and its students. He shared, “When I partnered with Bucks County Community College on their All Steinway School campaign, I was immediately impressed with the unwavering resolve to give their students the best instruction, equipment (pianos), experience, and opportunity for success as possible while attending Bucks. I have been fortunate to present the Jacobs Music Company Steinway Award to several exceptional and deserving music students.  I am most impressed however, by the stories shared by alumni. Many have established scholarships, and countless others passionately share their experience about how Bucks County Community College changed their lives. This support comes from several generations of students that truly recognize the commitment to excellence from this great college.”

Jacobs Music and the Rinaldi family are very pleased to congratulate and welcome Bucks County Community College as an All-Steinway School!

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Shown in the photographs are the Bucks County Community College Concert Choir, Rochelle Reed, Conductor, with Professor Edward Ferdinand at the Steinway; the Bucks County Community College Jazz band with Professor Jeff Baumeister at the Steinway; Oscar Hammerstein III at the podium; and Sally Covelskie of Steinway & Sons with Gabrielle Kazze Rinaldi, Bob Rinaldi and Kevin Heinselman of Jacobs Music prior to the Bucks County Community College All-Steinway School Celebration.

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Curtis graduates told to be ‘soldiers for music’

An inspiring commencement address was given at the Curtis Institute of Music on Saturday by Deborah Borda who received an honorary doctorate during the ceremony. Her words are relevant for all who aspire to careers in music. Please enjoy some of the highlights in Peter Dobrin’s article in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer.

While the graduating scholars of Haverford College heard this year from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and University of Pennsylvania students from Sen. Cory Booker, the three dozen or so singers, pianists, violinists, and other musicians taking degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music were implored by an industry leader to become “soldiers for music.”

Deborah Borda, who leaves as president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic to take the same spot at the New York Philharmonic Sept. 15, told Saturday’s audience of students, parents, faculty, and guests that “everything I took for granted as a musician first and then managing America’s great orchestras has changed.”

“Orchestras can no longer rely on old-fashioned subscription models,” she said. “Music education is not guaranteed in public schools, and, in a positive sense, the entire history of classical music can all be streamed online for free. So the world I knew, and have worked in, and will continue to work in will not be the one you move through in your careers.”

Many of the students will get an immediate taste of amusician’s work life when the school orchestra takes off Wednesday for a two-week European tour.

In her 15-minute address, Borda, who trained as a violinist and violist, flattered her audience. “You are the elite of … the microkingdom of classical music,” she said. She prodded: “How much time have you spent on your life rather than on your technique?”

Most of all, she urged this audience of super-specialists to lift their heads from their musical scores to figure out how music fits in with larger society. Borda recalled the story of how Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel came to the attention of the orchestra when then-music director Esa-Pekka Salonen heard the 24-year-old conductor in what she recalled him saying was “the best damn Mahler [Symphony No.] 5I ever heard in my life.”

But it was Dudamel’s philosophy about the place of music in society that she said really changed her life. Borda and Dudamel helped affirm music education as central to what American orchestras do by establishing, in 2007, the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, inspired by the El Sistema orchestra-training program in Venezuela, of which Dudamel was a product.

“He changed my way of thinking about music, audiences, social justice — something we don’t often talk about in music — education, and, indeed, the technique of life,” she said.

Yo-Yo Ma, she noted, calls it being a citizen musician, and Mstislav Rostropovich liked to use the phrase “soldiers for music.” Dudamel calls music “a fundamental human right,” she said, like clean water, air, and education.

“Together, we have to forge a more profound and timely connection between our music, the music that we love, and the rest of the world,” she said.

An honorary doctorate was conferred upon Borda. Voice teacher Marlena Kleinman Malas was presented with a lifetime achievement award, student prizes were handed out, and Schumann and Walton rose from the Field Concert Hall organ. Several students were not present to accept their diplomas at Curtis’ 84th commencement for the best of reasons: They were out of town, already engaged for concerts. Five students were recognized for graduating high school, a moment that underlined a young age not uncommon at Curtis.

After speeches, the graduates filed out. But first, each stopped to shake hands with Eleanor Sokoloff, sitting at the end of a row near the exit. Sokoloff is 102, and she has been on the piano faculty at the school for eight decades. The moment wasn’t planned, but it was a spontaneous bit of pageantry that seemed just right. A diploma might make it official. But a moment of recognition from a woman regarded as something of the school’s queen mother seals the deal spiritually. pdobrin@phillynews.com

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The 2017 Jacobs Music Steinway Award was presented to pianist, Lillian Noble by Jim Strite of Jacobs Music Company.

The award was presented at an outdoor ceremony on May 3, 2017.

The Jacobs Music Company Steinway Award is given in recognition of Outstanding Pianistic Ability, Musicianship, and Artistic and Academic Scholarship at Millersville University.

We extend our sincere congratulations to Lillian Noble!

WE WERE THRILLED TO HOST A CELEBRATION OF THE 180-YEAR HISTORY OF CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY AT OUR WEST CHESTER LOCATION!

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Beautiful murals were on display at Jacobs Music of West Chester depicting the University’s history, painted by freshman students in Cheyney’s Academic Learning Communities course, which is the collaborative effort of twelve faculty members and Associate Provost Dr. Tara Kent. Marietta Dantonio-Madsen, art professor and Chairperson of Fine Arts, Design, and Liberal Studies at Cheyney University, organized and worked with students on the impressive exhibit.

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There was a wonderful piano recital by Toni Caldwell-Hall who performed works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Ralph Simpson, among others. Ms. Hall currently serves in the Cheyney University Fine Arts Department as instructor of African American Music History, Music Theory, Solfeggio, Dictation and Piano. She is also the accompanist for the Cheyney University Concert Choir. Among her accomplishments as a solo recitalist, she has toured the South, Midwest, and Northeast United States and has played with the Memphis and Nashville Symphony Orchestras. Locally, she has performed in piano recitals at Temple University, duo piano recitals with Dr. George Allen, and the premier of George Allen’s Summer People, Winter People at Settlement Music School. She serves in Philadelphia as pianist for the Germantown SDA Church and as minister of music at St. James Episcopal Church of Kingsessing.

The Cheyney University Concert Choir’s Master Quartet also joined in the celebration with a beautiful performance with Ms. Hall at the piano. We congratulate all of our friends at Cheyney University on a historic 180 years and wish to express our appreciation for allowing us to participate in the celebration!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE STEINWAY SOCIETY OF SOUTH JERSEY’S 2017 YOUNG PIANIST COMPETITION!

Everyone had a wonderful time at Stockton University on Sunday, April 30th for an incredible afternoon of great music at the University’s beautiful Campus Center Theatre.
Pictured above with the competition winners are Dr. Christopher DiSanto, Associate Professor of Music at Stockton University; Steinway Artist and competition judge, Meral Guneyman; Steinway Society President, Kevin Walker; and Robert Rinaldi, Senior Vice President of Jacobs Music. Joining Grand Prize Winner Hans-Derek Yu are his teacher, Veda Zuponcic (right) and Ms. Guneyman.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE WINNERS OF THE 2017 GREATER PRINCETON STEINWAY SOCIETY YOUNG PIANIST COMPETITION

Jacobs Music was proud to host the Competition and Winners Recital at our Lawrenceville location. We thank the Greater Princeton Steinway Society for bringing us such beautiful music!

We also wish to express our great appreciation to the judges, Dr. Crystl Baltazar, Dr. Clipper Erickson, and Dr. Rebecca Pennington, who faced a difficult task selecting from among all of the highly talented young pianists who participated in the competition.

We look forward to many opportunities to hear all of these outstanding young musicians again and again!

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THE STEINWAY SPIRIO AT BOYDS PHILADELPHIA

The STEINWAY SPIRIO was presented at Boyds Philadelphia last night to a group of very enthusiastic invited guests. Steinway Spirio Recording Artist, Andy Kahn, performed live and as reproduced on the Spirio. Guests also enjoyed performances by George Gershwin, Art Tatum and Yuja Wang, shown on screen as the Spirio simultaneously played their musical interpretations. It was a wonderful evening at a beautiful location!

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