With the addition of three new Steinway & Sons grand pianos in December 2016, Gilmour began the process of becoming a Steinway Select K-12 School, which means that every piano on Gilmour’s campus will soon be replaced with a new Steinway & Sons grand piano. Gilmour is the first private K-12 school in the Midwest to make this level of commitment to the Steinway Select K-12 School program. Only eight schools in the country have earned the Steinway Select K-12 distinction to date.
The Steinway Select K-12 designation is bestowed on qualifying institutions that consist of kindergarten through 12th grade and is an extension of the All Steinway School honors that Steinway & Sons grants to the world’s best colleges, universities, conservatories and schools of music.
This investment in best-in-class equipment was made possible through a scheduled donation from Gilmour alumnus Matthew P. Figgie ’84, The Figgie Foundation and Figgie Capital. When complete, Gilmour will have 10 new Steinway & Sons grand pianos. This includes a Steinway Spirio piano for the school’s historic Tudor House and a Steinway Model D Concert Grand for their future Center for the Performing Arts. This phenomenal gift allows Gilmour to provide all of its students with the very best grand pianos that exist.
Just over 175 prestigious American institutions of higher learning and international conservatories throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, share the All Steinway School distinction.