All-Steinway Celebration During 2015 Homecoming | Benedictine College

All-Steinway Celebration

Homecoming Events Inaugurate the Dalzell Steinways

Published: Tuesday, October 27, 2015

During Homecoming weekend, Benedictine College officially announced its designation as an All-Steinway School. To celebrate the designation and to honor the couple who made it possible, the music department hosted an open house tour Friday, Oct. 23, to view the new pianos in their individual practice rooms in Bishop Fink Hall and a recital was held Sunday, Oct. 25, to showcase the beauty of the new pianos.

The All-Steinway School initiative started with the school’s department of music and captured the attention of Benedictine College alumna Kathie Weishar Dalzell ’80, and her husband, Rick Dalzell, and they provided for the purchase of 21 new Steinway pianos.

On Friday afternoon, the sounds of piano music filled the air in Bishop Fink Hall.

In each practice room, students demonstrated why Steinway pianos, handcrafted in New York, set the world standard for pianos.

Benedictine College now uses Steinway pianos exclusively, after the Dalzells’ donation led to the school being officially designated an All-Steinway School.

The featured event of the open house was a composition for two pianos played by Kathie Dalzell and Dr. Ruth Krusemark, D.M.A. ’73. A crowd gathered in the main reception room, including Benedictine College board of directors chairman Jack Newman and many other board members, who were thrilled and impressed with the exciting piece, “Malaguena” by Ernesto Lecuona.

The recital featured Steinway Artist and world-renowned concert pianist, Dr. Jane Solose, whose active career as a featured concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, duo pianist and master teacher has taken her to Korea, Japan, Austria, Hungary, Russia, Canada, and around the United States. She has released several CDs and is currently teaching at the Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Before her performance, President Stephen D. Minnis thanked the Dalzells for their gift.

 “Kathie has shared her love of Benedictine College with her husband, Rick, former Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Amazon.com,” he said. “The two of them have a special place in their hearts for the music program here at Benedictine.”

With Rick and Kathie Dalzell on the stage, Steinway & Sons National Higher Education Director Sally Coveleskie presented the college with a plaque commemorating the college’s new designation. Several Steinway staff attended the concert on Sunday to celebrate Benedictine becoming a Steinway school.

Maria Starrs accompanied the Benedictine College Chamber Singers in a rendition of the Alma Mater to end the recital. She is a senior music major and the recipient of the Dalzell Scholarship, which Rick and Kathie endowed in 2006.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

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