In 2007, with the generous donation of Helen Wentworth, the UWF School of Music became the ‘Steinway School’. At the time, UWF was her second college in Florida with this distinction. In 2021, Dr. Grier Williams School of Music will receive the Imperial Bösendorfer Prize as part of a generous bequest from Dr. Herman Emil and Valerie Wawrzyniak Rolfs. These outstanding donors have provided these music students with excellent tools to grow as the next generation of musicians.
In honor of Helen and Warren Wentworth, the department launched an annual showcase of Steinway pianos and the celebration has become a popular annual event in the community. We continue this tradition, celebrating his once-a-year gift of the piano and showcasing the wonderful work of our piano major.
At this year’s celebration, talented pianists from the studio of Dr. Hedy Saran Kilbert and Mr. Blake Riley will perform a program that includes works by Mozart, Schubert, Ginastera, Albeniz, Bartok, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and more.
Since becoming the All-Steinway School, many of these piano students have gone on to study at prestigious graduate music programs such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Florida State University, Belmont University, Louisiana State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Tennessee. increase. , Michigan State University, and the University of Montclair.
The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For more information or to book tickets, please contact the CFPA Box Office at 850.857.6285.