Welcome to the Keys for Curtis "piano pages." For the campaign, this piano has been named after composer Claude Debussy, one of the twenty-two composers selected to represent the deep heritage and diversity of classical music. Born in France on August 22, 1862, Debussy had little formal education before he began his studies in piano, composition and music theory at the Paris Conservatory. In 1903, he wrote, "Music is a mysterious mathematical process whose elements are a part of Infinity. Nothing is more musical than a sunset!"
The Debussy piano has been "adopted" by cellist Sarah Rommel
Fourth-year Curtis student Sarah Rommel, who studies cello with Peter Wiley, holds the Carol Coe Conway Memorial Fellowship. One of the school's 165 students, Sarah has "adopted" this new Steinway piano and serves as an ambassador and advocate for the Keys for Curtis campaign. Watch the video below to see why Sarah chose this piano in particular.
About This Piano
- On September 8 and 9, 2010, members of the Curtis piano faculty visited the Steinway factory in Long Island and selected twenty-two new pianos needed when Curtis expands its campus to include Lenfest Hall.
- Steinway & Sons began building fine pianos in 1853. Handmade and built to last for generations, Steinway pianos are exceptional investments as well as superb musical instruments.
- Curtis has been an "All-Steinway School" since its founding in 1924 - one of nine conservatories, eighty colleges and unversities, and twenty-one other schools of distinction so designated.
- This piano, one of the school's two new Steinway Model M grand pianos. The Model M is five feet seven inches in length, and like all Steinway pianos, this musical instrument is built of the finest materials to the highest quality standards.
- In July, 2011, the "Debussy" Steinway was delivered to Lenfest Hall and assigned to Room 416, the Liem Pracice Room, one of several practice rooms available 24 hours-a-day to Curtis students living in Lenfest Hall.
You Can Help by Purchasing a Piano Key
- Make a gift of $50 for each piano key you would like to buy, then Curtis will place your name next to one of this piano's eighty-eight keys, listed below.
- Make a note of the key or keys you would like to select and the name of this piano (Debussy). Then make your contribution online, or call the Curtis Development Office at (215) 717-3126. Just mention that you want to give to "Keys For Curtis."
- To thank you for helping Curtis purchase this new Steinway piano, we'll send you a "Keys For Curtis" keychain!
THANK YOU for your gift to Curtis!
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If you have questions or need additional information, please call the Curtis Development Office, (215) 893-5279 and mention "Keys for Curtis."