Musicians say some of the sweetest music can come from the oldest instruments but sometimes the music, like fine wine, can go bad.
That’s been the case at the MSU music department for many years with students playing on aging pianos, some, almost a hundred years old.
But thanks to a generous donation the department now has 40 new pianos.
Students like MSU Piano Performance senior Nahye Byun are creating sounds of gratitude on brand new instruments, thanks to the donation of all new pianos from the Perkins-Prothro Foundation and donors Dale and Joe Prothro.
“Well we had a piano but they were really really old and they were easily out of tune and so we didn’t have a chance to practice on good pianos.” Piano Performance senior, Nahye Byun said.
The new additions to the department were long overdue.
“Some of the pianos were almost a hundred years old and probably the average age for pianos 50 years old.” Dean of the Fain College of Fine Arts, Martin Camacho said.
But because of the donation, from the Prothros and also the president’s excellence circle, there are fewer sour notes coming from the Music Halls at MSU.
“Can hear more clearly what we do because its an interaction between us and the instrument,” Bolin Distinguished Chair of Piano Ruth Morrow said. “Piano students are playing like they have never played before.”
To celebrate the gift, students and professors have set a special day of thanks on Friday.
“To be able to publicly thank both the Prothro’s and the Perkins Prothro Foundation and the President’s Excellence Circle you know for allowing this gift to come to fruition,” Morrow said.
The 40 new pianos donated include 24 acoustic, 12 high ends upright, 12 grand as well as 16 digital, and that could mean MSU has the most pianos of any university its size in the state.
The music celebration Friday is free and open to the public. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Akin Auditorium, right after the open house which starts at 6:30 in the Fain Fine Arts Center. A reception will follow the concert.
To see what programs are offered at the Fain Fine Arts College at MSU, follow this link.