An All-Steinway School | Webster University

An All-Steinway School

Committed to the Best in Music Education

Jason Oestenstad '11. Photo by Ashley Gieseking (BA '07)For more than 150 years, Steinway and Sons has remained the benchmark by which all other pianos are measured. They remain dedicated to the ideal of making each individual piano the finest in the world.

That's why Webster University is proud to be the 123rd All-Steinway School in the world, and and one of just four in Missouri. Steinway representatives bestowed this status in December 2010.

The designation affirms first-class status among music schools for Webster's Department of Music.

The 32 Steinway pianos, including seven grand pianos, demonstrate Webster University's unwavering commitment to provide the highest quality of educational opportunities for its students.

“There's a level of distinction that goes along with being an All-Steinway School,” said Jason Oestenstad, BA'11. “Webster has a great Department of Music, and these instruments reflect that.”

While many contemporary pianos are machine-made, nearly every part of a Steinway is still handcrafted. Some piano manufacturers can churn out 100 instruments a day, but it takes nearly a year to complete just one Steinway. The Steinway facility produces just 2,000 pianos a year. Its artisans come from all over the world and serve apprenticeships before assuming greater responsibilities within the company.

Webster faculty members traveled to the Steinway facility in Queens, New York to handpick many of the pianos that students in the Department of Music use everyday on Webster's campus.

Notes Dr. Jeffrey Carter, chair of the Department of Music, “You appreciate a Steinway the same way you appreciate a Maserati. You like the way the car's leather feels. You like the way its engine purrs. You like the way it responds when you step into it. You like the way the suspension feels as you turn corners. Playing a Steinway is just like that. There is a Steinway touch. There is richness, especially in the bass register, that you don't get with other pianos. There's a particular tonal quality.”