Steinway Society is proud of its talented and knowledgeable volunteers who work in the community to bring piano music and education to Silicon Valley. Our goal is to promote excellence in piano performance, classical piano concerts and music education. We work with in-home concerts, community events, master classes and we arrange concerts that assist area schools in their music in education. You can read more about what we’ve accomplished in our Highlights of Community Outreach and Music in Education.
We bring internationally acclaimed concert pianists to these community and educational venues, and we also bring talented local pianists, including students from colleges such as San Jose State University. Read more about the Activities and Goals of Community Outreach and Music in Education.
The Steinway Society actively contributes to Silicon Valley’s cultural vibrancy through thoughtful collaborations with many of San Jose’s small non-profit arts organization, e.g., Lunchtime at Trianon – a series of Friday afternoon concerts held at various locations in downtown San Jose. In July, 2014, the Society presented a noon recital at La Petit Trianon by Dr. Natalya Luntvedt for an audience of 200.
In addition to public recitals, the Steinway Society also engages the community through newspaper and web-based reviews, website materials, and educational recitals in San Jose elementary schools. We offer in-home private concerts and public master classes. Through our partnership with KDFC radio, portions of our recitals are broadcast to the public at large, reaching classical music lovers in the Bay Area.
Steinway Society is committed to bringing concert-level music and the concert experience to local schools, including some that are in artistically under-served communities. Since December, 2013, the Educational Outreach Committee has arranged five free performances at Silver Creek High School by San Jose State University music students, including performances by string quartets, piano trios, and opera majors. Their enthusiastic and well-prepared performances engaged the high school students on many levels, creating an enjoyable and educational experience for both audience and performers.
Similar performances have been produced with SJSU students including two performances by SJSU Brass majors, as well as with local and visiting professional artists. Schools include: Prospect High School, Lincoln High School, Yerba Buena High School, Discovery Charter School, RF Kennedy Elementary School, Meadows Elementary School, and College Connection Academy, a magnet school for at-risk students.
Professional musicians performing at schools have included the renowned piano duos Anderson and Roe and ZOFO Duet, and piano soloists Sandra Wright Shen and Natalya Lundvedt, as well as percussionist Gregory Messa. Since many schools have no piano, Steinway Society Bay Area has collaborated with Peninsula Piano Brokers and Encore Piano Movers to bring a grand piano to several schools for a performance. For some students, it is the first time they have been in the presence of a real piano and other acoustic instruments, and for many, it is their first contact with classical music.
During 2016, Steinway Society is continuing to collaborate with local educators, schools and community organizations such as the San Jose Jazz “Progressions” program to enrich the musical experiences of the region’s students, with a particular focus on low-income and at-risk students, and to inspire musically motivated students to reach even higher. We continue to search out schools interested in hosting a free performance with the goal of expanding the list of schools we serve.