Messiah College Acquires Dozens of Yamaha Pianos for its Expansive New High Center for Worship and Performing Arts

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Institution’s bold $32 million investment in the arts includes purchase of C7 and C3 grand, NU1 and AvantGrand hybrid and Clavinova digital pianos

“When Yamaha’s Institutional Solutions Group visited the Messiah campus, we were most impressed with the school’s commitment to providing a well-rounded and comprehensive music education,” said Walt Straiton from Yamaha’s Institutional Solutions Group.

Messiah College recently purchased 40 Yamaha pianos through local retailer Menchey Music of Hanover, Penn., to outfit the diverse performance, teaching and practice spaces throughout its new state-of-the-art Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts that opened in January. The acquisition, which includes one C7 grand piano for Parmer Hall, the main auditorium, and two C3 grand pianos, 21 NU1 and one N3 AvantGrand hybrid pianos and 16 Clavinova digital pianos, rounded out a $32 million dollar investment in the facility that represents a major commitment to its music students, faculty and student body.

While the High Center was greatly anticipated by the campus community over the two-year period of its construction, the impact of the facility reaches deeper into the Central Pennsylvania community, according to Dr. William Stowman, Messiah’s Chair, Department of Music.

“The goal for the High Center was for it to become a major cultural hub for the larger community. Yamaha and Menchey Music were true partners and illustrated their commitment to our music performance, education and technology needs by offering us a customized purchase of multiple instruments,” said Dr. William Stowman, Chair, Department of Music, Messiah College. “From the warm and brilliant sounding Yamaha C7 Grand Piano to the technologically advanced hybrid pianos and Clavinovas in our teaching and practice spaces, we now have a formidable complement of pianos for students, faculty and audiences for years to come.”

The ultimate decision to purchase these 40 Yamaha pianos was based on a combination of trust and familiarity with the brand, instruments that met the school’s specific needs and a committed partnership between Messiah College, Yamaha and Menchey Music.

“I have had a Yamaha C3 grand piano in my office for the last 30 years, so I am quite familiar with the brand and their instruments,” said Dr. Richard Roberson, Messiah’s Dean, School of the Arts. “I have long appreciated the even, responsive touch, identifiable sound and piano-to-piano consistency of their grand pianos, while the NU1 is an exciting solution for our practice rooms.”

“When Yamaha’s Institutional Solutions Group visited the Messiah campus, we were most impressed with the school’s commitment to providing a well-rounded and comprehensive music education,” said Walt Straiton from Yamaha’s Institutional Solutions Group. “Messiah College music students, be they performance, liberal arts, or education majors, can have confidence that they will be highly sought after for their skills and abilities upon graduation. We are very proud to be associated with this very special institution.”

For more information about the High Center or Messiah College, please contact Carla Gross, Director of Marketing and Public Relations/Special Assistant to the President for Communication, Messiah College, by mail via Messiah College, One College Avenue Suite 3020, Mechanicsburg PA 17055, by phone (717-691-6027) or email ( You can also learn more by visiting

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About Messiah College
Messiah College is a nationally ranked private Christian college with a stu¬dent body of 3,017 undergraduate and graduate students, offering more than 80 majors and select online graduate programs, including an M.M in conducting. Located in Grantham, Pa., just 12 miles from the state capital, Harrisburg, Messiah also has campuses in Philadelphia (in partnership with Temple University) and in downtown Harrisburg.

About Menchey Music
Menchey Music, founded in 1936, is a 7-location school service music dealer with 4 specialty divisions (Instrumental Print Music division, Piano Division, Bowed String Gallery, and Organs and Audio). While Menchey Music’s business focuses on the development of beginner and intermediate school age musicians through lessons, instrument rentals, instrument repair and student level instrument sales, their specialty divisions provide additional focus beyond the core business in their respective areas. The piano specialty division, the largest of the specialty divisions, provides students, private educators, professional musicians, and institutional clients with keyboard solutions including digital pianos and digital keyboard labs, acoustic pianos, hybrid pianos, and Yamaha Disklavier electronic player pianos.

About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets.

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