With the acquisition of 21 brand new Steinway-designed pianos in 2014, California State University, Dominguez Hills became the first public four-year university in California to receive the prestigious designation as an “All-Steinway School” by Steinway & Sons.
As an All-Steinway School, CSU Dominguez Hills joins the elite company of approximately 170 conservatories, colleges and universities throughout the world, including the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Yale University, the Rimsky Korsakov School of Music in Moscow and Amadeus International School of Music in Vienna, as institutions who meet stringent requirements provided by Steinway & Sons. Ninety percent or more of the acoustic pianos owned by the institutions must be Steinway & Sons, Boston or Essex pianos, and the institution must maintain an inventory of at least 10 Steinway pianos.
All-Steinway Schools demonstrate a commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the study of music. “The ‘All-Steinway’ designation is yet another mark of CSU Dominguez Hills’ commitment to excellence and providing our students with the very best instruments with which to pursue their dreams,” says University President Willie J. Hagan.
Steinway is renowned for its superior quality and is considered the piano of choice by most musicians worldwide. The designation raises the profile of the CSUDH music department and enhances its ability to recruit new music majors both locally and internationally. As an All-Steinway School, CSUDH can also host world class Steinway artists for performances and master classes.
“We serve a diverse student population, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college,” said Dr. Etcheto, chair of the CSUDH music department. “Thanks to Steinway we know we are serving them with excellence.”
The CSUDH Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and offers degree options in music education, general music, and music performance, which includes instrumental, voice, conducting and composition. Students in the program receive close, individualized attention from faculty members who are actively engaged, not only as educators and experts in the field of music, but as accomplished performers.