Ohio University Chooses Yamaha Pianos To Train the Next Generation of Musicians

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41 Yamaha pianos were moved into a variety of practice rooms, classrooms and teaching studios at the distinguished school's Robert Glidden Hall

M.F.A. student, pianist Laura Silva in her teaching studio in Glidden Hall, enjoying the sound of a new Yamaha CX Conservatory grand piano. Photo by Daniel King.

“These pianos will have a profound impact on the Ohio University School of Music and the Athens Community Music School and will provide current and future generations of students with quality instruments on which to train and develop their craft,” said Dr. Christopher Fisher, Ohio University.

The Ohio University School of Music has been committed to the highest artistic and pedagogical standards since it officially opened more than a century ago. Its recent acquisition of 41 Yamaha pianos is a testament to that commitment to excellence.

The School of Music’s Keyboard Division has distinguished itself as an international leader in the field of keyboard education, offering a broad spectrum of degrees and innovative curricula designed to train keyboard musicians to enter the profession with skill and confidence. Recognized for its nurturing yet rigorous learning environment, the school’s programs promote high performance and academic standards through a wide range of performance opportunities, stimulating coursework, supervised teaching and research initiatives.

In December, 38 Yamaha P22 vertical studio pianos were moved into a variety of practice rooms, classrooms and teaching studios at Robert Glidden Hall. An additional three Yamaha CX Conservatory grand pianos were placed into a dedicated graduate rehearsal room, a piano major practice room and Professor of Piano and Chair of the Keyboard Division Dr. Christopher Fisher's faculty studio. The new P22 pianos are replacing Yamaha P2 pianos, many of which were acquired more than 50 years ago, holding up much longer than other models from the 1980s and 90s. The quality and longevity of the Yamaha pianos was a major proponent to why the School of Music chose Yamaha for the replacements.

Dr. Fisher noted that prior to this acquisition, a large percentage of the school’s inventory of more than 100 pianos were in need of immediate replacement. “This acquisition is an excellent first step toward addressing this issue,” he said. “These pianos will have a profound impact on the Ohio University School of Music and the Athens Community Music School and will provide current and future generations of students with quality instruments on which to train and develop their craft.”

“Ohio University’s School of Music understands that new instruments are a necessary component to continue to draw in the highest caliber students and faculty,” said Kyle Merritt, chief operating officer at Solich Music, which provided the instruments. “All schools want their curriculum to achieve results and to do this, they must be in touch with what students are actually going to experience in the work place. Ohio University is committed to being the bridge for students advancing their education and then actually getting placements in the work force.”

For more information about Ohio University’s School of Music, visit https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/music.

For more information about the Undergraduate Music Performance Degree program at Ohio University, visit https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/music/undergraduate-programs/bachelors/performance.

For more information about Yamaha pianos in educational and institutional settings, please visit http://www.yamaha.io/YamahaISG.

About Ohio University
The Ohio University School of Music has been officially in existence since 1917, although some of the individual programs date back to the 1880s. The School of Music is committed to developing confident, creative and skilled professional musicians. Undergraduate and graduate students are prepared for careers in music education, performance, music therapy, composition, musicology and music theory. The School of Music provides opportunities for students of all majors to enhance their musical knowledge and skill through participation in a wide variety of academic courses, performance studies, university ensembles and field experiences. It enriches the cultural life of the university and the surrounding region through public performances and educational outreach by its students, faculty and guest artists. As a vital part of the College of Fine Arts, the School of Music promotes the musical arts within the university, regional, national and international communities. It is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

About Solich Piano and Music Company
Solich Piano and Music Company has served the discriminating piano needs of families, piano teachers, churches, schools, colleges, hospitals, nursing homes, and other music entities since 2005. In addition to having physical locations in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Solich Piano continues to work with an array of organizations such as Cleveland State University, Pittsburgh Opera, Bowling Green State University, Otterbein University, Capital University, Ohio University and Tiffin University.

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, commercial installation 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, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars 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, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

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