BBA Acquires Steinway Pianos
Burr and Burton Academy is the first Steinway Select School in Vermont thanks to the purchase uprights, baby grand and concert grand pianos. Gary Girouard from Steinway and Sons will attend the upcoming Steinway Calliope Recital on Tuesday, February 12. He will present a plaque and a $5,000 scholarship check heralding Burr and Burton Academy’s designation as a Steinway Select School. Burr and Burton Academy is the first school in Vermont to achieve this recognition, and joins only two other New England schools – Gould Academy and Cushing Academy – in achieving this coveted status. Now, students and faculty members will be able to practice, perform, compose and record on top-quality pianos. Members of the greater Manchester community and participants with Manchester Music Festival and Taconic Music will also have access to them.
“We are very excited about the opportunities this investment affords BBA students and staff,” said Neil Freebern, chair of the BBA Creative Arts Department. “We know it will help us continue to attract students interested in a first-class music education, and it will strengthen our place in the cultural life of the community. This cements Burr and Burton’s commitment to musical excellence.” Headmaster Mark Tashjian added, “Steinway pianos are legendary, and I am delighted that we can add these instruments into the mix of opportunities available at BBA. I am grateful to Neil and Julie Freebern for having the vision to bring our music education to such a high level, to Steinway and Sons for their partnership in this venture, and to our generous donors, who made it all possible.”