Through the generosity of the
Perkins-Prothro Foundation and longtime fine arts donors Dale and Joe Prothro, the
Department of Music in the Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts at Midwestern
State University has been replacing much of its piano inventory.
The Department will welcome its
new arrivals with a Piano Celebration Friday, Sept. 28. The celebration will
begin at 6:30 p.m. with an open house for the music facilities in the C wing of
Fain Fine Arts Center.
The highlight of the
celebration will be a concert at 7:30 p.m. in Akin Auditorium. Martin Camacho,
Dean of the Fain College of Fine Arts; Bolin Distinguished Chair of Piano Ruth
Morrow; and students Nahye Byun, Aaron Johnson, Jessica Simek, and Levi Lamb
“We could not imagine a better
way to celebrate the donation and acquisition of new pianos than with a piano
concert,” Camacho said. “It will allow us not only an opportunity to share with
the community the beautiful sound and enormous opportunities that this gift
represents, but also a moment to say thank you to the Perkins-Prothro Foundation
and to Dale and Joe Prothro.”
A reception will follow the
concert at 8:30 p.m. in the Fain Instrumental Music Hall.
Morrow also said that a
concert was the ideal way to express gratefulness for the pianos. “We want to
celebrate their generosity, the instruments themselves, and the inspiration it
has given students and faculty alike in our development and music-making,” she
When the gift was announced,
Camacho called pianos the cornerstone of any music program because they touch
every student – from the piano students who need instruments to practice and
perform, to the vocal and instrumental students who need accompaniment, to the
choir and orchestra that need pianos for rehearsals and performances.
“It is difficult to imagine
the landscape of the music in our community without the support of Dale and Joe
Prothro,” said Camacho. “This project, coming from them, crowns their efforts
and is the single largest support specifically dedicated for the music program
to date.” The Prothros also established the Music Series at Akin in 2011, the
premiere chamber music concert series for the city and region.
The new pianos are a mix of
Steinway and Yamaha that will provide different experiences for the students’
studies and development. An additional 15 instruments in the piano lab for
non-piano major classes and the Piano for Children program were replaced.
Pianos provided by private donors were retained.
The Prothro’s gift is part of
the Campaign for MSU Texas, a seven-year, $50 million comprehensive campaign
for the University. The “Boundless Opportunities” theme reflects the outlook of
the students, the university and the community.
For more information on the
campaign, contact Tony Vidmar at 940-397-4782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the
event or the piano replacement project, contact Camacho at 940-397-4243 or email@example.com.