A Steinway Model-B is the new addition to Black Hills State’s Meier Recital Hall.
The nearly $100,000 piano was fully funded by donations, including Rachel Headley, the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics liaison to Academic Affairs at BHSU.
The university donors purchased the 7-foot handmade instrument from Black Hills Piano Gallery in Rapid City.
Gallery owner Tony Thomas believes the Meier Recital Hall is the perfect home for a Steinway.
“That hall cries for the best possible sound,” he said. “The Meier Hall is just a wonderful hall and they have a great faculty to provide good instruction to the students there.”
Thomas, a musician himself, understands the decision of purchasing a top-of-the-line instrument.
“Anytime you have a good hall that provides that kind of acoustics, Steinway is the choice of 98 percent of concert artists on stage. That’s the sound that they want to hear. You can head all of the textures of tunes, it’s beautiful.”
Black hills state received the handcrafted piano Monday afternoon, with an unveiling ceremony planned for that evening.