Miami University Celebrates Official All Steinway School Status

Steinway and Sons Pianos

The College of Creative Arts at Miami University is excited to announce that the Department of Music has achieved All-Steinway School status. All-Steinway Schools demonstrate a commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculty members with the best possible instruments for the study of music.

Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 and continues to craft pianos in the same fashion that made them a standard of quality. Miami University joins an exclusive list of 124 other colleges and universities with All-Steinway School status, including Oberlin Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Malone University and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

Steinway and Sons pianos can be found in performance spaces, teaching studios, classrooms and practice rooms on the Oxford, Ohio campus, helping students realize their artistic talents. Being an All-Steinway School will enrich the student experience, attract visitors to campus for performances, and exemplify the high-quality music education available at Miami University.

Dr. Frank Huang, associate professor of piano at Miami University, was recently recognized as a Steinway Artist in November 2019. Dr. Huang performed a recital in celebration of his accomplishment on October 4, 2021, where Willis Music, Cincinnati’s official Steinway and Sons representative, presented an official certificate. Huang joins Dr. Bruce Murray, professor of music, as current faculty with Steinway Artist status at Miami University.

Matthew J. Powell, the Piano Division Manager at Willis Music, shared, “We are proud to see Miami University achieve such a great honor and become a part of the All Steinway School family. The level of dedication to both Student and Faculty sets Miami University apart from other public institutions. Students will not only have the top instructors from around the world, including two Steinway Artists but will play and learn on the world's premier handmade piano Steinway & Sons. Congratulations on this achievement and we look forward to the growth and success of the Department of Music.”

“Achieving the All-Steinway School designation represents a major milestone,” according to Dr. Chris Tanner, chair of the Department of Music. “Miami’s All-Steinway School designation is an indicator of our department’s unwavering commitment to excellence.”