The Final Note: Culminating Event Held to Honor Donation of Steinway Pianos and Love of Music and the Arts | News, Sports, Jobs
LOCK HAVEN – The Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center (DACC) ballroom was filled with beautiful musical sounds as Lock Haven University music professor and Steinway artist Dr. David Curtin performed on a grand piano Steinway Model B during the “Transfer in Harmony” event on the evening of Wednesday March 23.
The event was the culmination of a series of previous dedication events in which Curtin performed on other Steinway pianos that had recently been donated to area locations by Lock Haven University and the original donor of the pianos, Margery Dosey.
In 2008, LHU received the designation of being a “All-Steinway School”, following the generous donation of 22 Steinway pianos to the university by Dosey, a 1966 alumnus and current Vice Chair of the LHU Board of Trustees, and her late husband, Dr. Seymour Krevsky.
Over the past few years, Dosey worked closely with LHU management to develop a plan that would ensure that all pianos were used for the enjoyment, education, and benefit of students and music lovers in the area. LHU, with Dosey’s blessing, donated 11 of the Steinway pianos to places where they will be played and enjoyed for years to come. Bloomsburg and Mansfield universities received four pianos each on their campuses and one each went to Renovo Elementary School in the Keystone Central School District, Williamsport Area High School, and United Methodist Church Faith in Bellefonte.
After each of the transfers, a small concert and dedication event took place at which Curtin played the pianos.
Curtin has been a faculty member at LHU since 2004, where he has taught piano, music theory, music history, sight singing/ear training, and introduction to music. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has performed and taught in the US and UK, as well as in Mexico, Ireland, Korea and China. In 2015, he was awarded LHU’s highest honor for Outstanding Scholarship and in 2021 he was appointed Director of the Global Honors Program at LHU. Curtin was given the Steinway Artist designation in May 2009 by Ron Losby, then CEO of Steinway Inc., at LHU’s Spring Opening Ceremony at which Losby was the speaker.
At the DACC event, Curtin performed pieces by Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin and a final piece by Johannes Brahms as a duo, alongside his wife, Hyun Ju Curtin, who is also a Steinway artist.
Curtin said he agreed to perform at each donation location to honor Dosey. “She’s a longtime champion of arts and culture – not just music – at Lock Haven,” he said. “His generosity and public spirit continue to enrich our community and I think it is worth remembering and celebrating.”
The first of five dedication events took place at Williamsport Area High School on Thursday, February 17. Performances were performed by WAHS Big Band, accompanied by student Ben Manetta; Millionaire Strolling Strings, accompanied by Matthew Radspinner; student Lydia Hall, Millionaire Soloist, accompanied by Samuel Robinson; and Curtina.
Faith United Methodist Church was the second to hold its dedication event on Sunday, February 20. Performances were by Curtin, Linda Hoffman, Carol Hunt, Sherry McGraw, Barb Davidson, Nikki Story and Tom Davidson.
The third event took place on Tuesday, February 22 at Renovo Primary School. Performances were by McKenna Bissman, Mya Embick, Charlize Kepler, Bucktail Chorus (Alexis Ahearn, Mya Embick, Angel Garcia, Charlize Kepler and Christiana Smith) and Curtin.
Bloomsburg held its dedication event on Wednesday, February 23. Performances were by students Kallie Koch and Jack Heroux-Skirbst and Curtin.
The last of the dedication events took place at Mansfield University on Thursday, February 24. Performances were by Curtin, Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak, Madeline Hoover, Linda Seipler, and students Katherine Johnson, Megan Deitrich, Lauren Freeman, Dawson Morey, Marita Gattone, Rachael Karwowski, Carson Witherite, and Lilac Burke.
“David is now considered a ‘rock star‘ among the recipients”, Dosey said. “The transfers created goodwill, positive exposure for LHU and a sense of harmony. It was a good thing to do as the pianos are now being used, played and enjoyed.
Bashar Hanna, Acting President of LHU, introduced Dosey at the event at DACC, thanking her for her dedication to LHU’s mission and its students.
“We and all recipients of these prestigious musical instruments are sincerely grateful,” Hanna said. “Margery’s vision and generosity have made the gift of music and music education accessible to countless individuals and students in our region. The impact of this gift will be felt long into the future.
Dosey described the final event at DACC as “magical,” symbolizing good inter-university relations and an opportunity for LHU to be a generous spiritual leader among all state universities, local school districts, and beyond.
“It fills me with joy to know that these magnificent instruments have found their way to new homes and will be played and enjoyed for years to come,” Dosey said. “I am very happy to have participated in this process which will offer musicians and music lovers the opportunity to fuel their passion for the arts. »
Dosey also has an endowed fine arts fellowship, the Margery Brown Dosey Fellowship for the Arts, which is awarded annually to an art major at LHU and after the full integration of Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, and Mansfield, she plans to open the scholarship up to one student at one of the three campuses.