In December 2016, Gilmour began the process of becoming a Steinway Select K-12 School when it received delivery of its first three Steinway & Sons grand pianos at the Lower School. The Steinway Select designation is awarded to schools at which every piano on campus is a Steinway & Sons piano. In the three years since that first delivery, the school has replaced an additional seven campus pianos with Steinways. They have been delivered to the Middle School (2), the dorm (1), Our Lady Chapel (1), Tudor House (a Steinway Spirio) and the brand-new Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts (2). The 10th and final piano - a Steinway Model D - holds a place of honor in the new theater in a specially designed enclave just off the main stage, where it will always be on display for the audience. From that location it can be played as accompaniment to the action on the main stage, or can easily be moved to center stage when necessary.
Gilmour is the first private K-12 school in the Midwest to become a Steinway Select K-12 School. Only eight other 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 has granted to just over 175 of 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 the late Matthew P. Figgie ’84, The Figgie Foundation and Figgie Capital. This phenomenal gift allows Gilmour to provide all of its students with the very best pianos available.