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The East Central College music department now has a 9-foot concert grand piano, thanks in part to donations from community members.


The Yamaha piano is a refurbished model purchased for $47,795.  Dr. Jennifer Judd, associate professor of music at ECC, noted that a fund was started several years ago to purchase a 9 foot piano.  “Through fund raising efforts spurred by Sue and Paul Finck we had raised more than $19,000,” Judd said.  “Last winter we kicked off a new piano fundraising effort in conjunction with the ECC Foundation.  More than 20 supporters of the music department contributed toward the purchase of the piano, including a generous donation from the estate of Jean Lange.”         


Shannon Grus, executive director of the ECC Foundation, stated that Lange had a long association with ECC.  She was a member of the ECC Foundation and her daughter and grandson both graduated from ECC,”  Grus said.  “More than a decade ago Lange donated $28,000 to ECC to purchase a Yamaha upright piano and a seven-foot Yamaha grand piano” 


“The seven-foot piano has served us well,” said Judd.  “We bring internationally known pianists to campus to perform, so now our concert grand piano matches the caliber of the performers.” 


Judd noted that ECC music majors also benefit from a higher quality instrument.  “Our students will now be able to perform on a top-notch instrument for concerts and recital.”  The refurbished model was purchased from Piano Distributors of St. Louis.  A new concert grand piano costs approximately $110,000.       


“We are fortunate to have the piano on campus as we welcome an accreditation team from the National Association of Schools of Music,” Judd said.  NASM is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities that establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.  A team of evaluators will visit ECC October 21-23. 

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