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!
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.