All-Steinway School


Typical Mason practice room in the Music/Theater Building built in 2013.


Mason piano teaching studio with two new Steinway Bs.

Mason piano teaching studio with two new Steinway Bs.

At George Mason University, Practice is a Steinway Grand Experience


Dr. Linda A. Monson, Distinguished Service Professor of Music and International Steinway Artist, with George Mason University piano students, from left, Ina Mirtcheva, Andrew Miller, John Kim, and Yoonji Kim. Photo: Evan Cantwell

An excerpt from the Winter/Spring 2014 edition of the Steinway Chronicle:

Acknowledging that great performances usually begin well ahead of time in cloistered havens of discovery, George Mason University recently added 23 Steinway grand pianos to its practice rooms and teaching studios.

“It’s important to provide Steinway grand pianos in the places where most of the work occurs for our students,” observed Dr. Linda Apple Monson, Director of Keyboard Studies. “We wanted to offer the finest instruments possible in the practice rooms…”


In 2007, George Mason University made the commitment to become an “All-Steinway School.” Through the generosity of special Friends of Music at Mason, the University purchased sixteen new Steinway grand pianos for its teaching studios and practice rooms in the deLaski Performing Arts Building. The All-Steinway School campaign and commitment, spearheaded by Mr. Sidney O. Dewberry, played a large role in making it possible to attract outstanding students and faculty from across the country and throughout the world.

In August 2014, the Dewberry School of Music celebrated the opening of the new Music/Theater Building designed to meet the growing needs of our School of Music. Featuring new classrooms, music technology facilities, and numerous teaching studios and practice rooms, Mason’s commitment to excellence and quality for our students and faculty included the addition of twenty-three new Steinway grand pianos for our teaching and practice rooms in this new facility.

All-Steinway Schools provide a commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the study of music. Pianos are critical to every aspect of the instrumental and vocal programs at George Mason University. Becoming an All-Steinway School speaks volumes about a School of Music because it symbolizes the highest levels of excellence and commitment to quality.

“… we renew our commitment to excellence for our music students and our faculty.”

-Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University (2014)

Steinway: The Next Stage for Mason | Campaign Steering Committee 2014

  • Mary McAuliffe, Chair
  • Susan Alvarado
  • Karen Arledge
  • Dr. Beth Cabrera
  • Brian Marcus
  • Dr. Linda Apple Monson
  • Dr. Victoria Salmon

Mason Becomes All-Steinway School 2007

Sidney O. Dewberry, former rector of Mason’s Board of Visitors, and music professor Dr. Linda Monson. Dewberry led an initiative to help raise funds to purchase 16 grand pianos for Mason’s practice rooms.

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