Efforts to purchase a new Steinway Grand B piano for Joliet Junior College began more than a year ago. On Sept. 9, the $66,500 piano was dedicated in a concert at the school. The piano was purchased through donations and fundraisers at the school.
"Steinway is one of the best pianos you can have," Daniela Broderick, JJC Associate Professor of Music - Piano and Advisor said.
The piano is intended for performance only and Broderick said it will help the music students at JJC who are planning to move on to four-year institutions to experience a world-class instrument.
"It gives them a little edge on knowing how the instrument responds," Broderick said.
The Steinway does not replace another instrument; the college kept the Baldwin piano. But having two pianos has already been a benefit for the school.
"Some concert pieces are written for two pianos," Broderick said.
One of those pieces, Brahms' Requiem, which is written for two pianos and a choir, was able to be performed at the college thanks to the second piano.