Steinway Students

All-Steinway Concert Set for March 10 at University of Mobile

Kathy Dean ASOTA, News

MOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile will celebrate its 6th anniversary as an All-Steinway School with a concert featuring students performing on the celebrated pianos.

The All-Steinway Concert program includes classical, romantic and contemporary music performed by undergraduate and graduate students majoring in piano performance. The free concert will be held Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at Moorer Auditorium in Thomas T. Martin Hall on campus.

Steinway Artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva, director of piano studies and professor of music, said the concert is an opportunity for audience members to experience the exceptional sound that talented students can create using pianos widely considered to be among the best in the world.

“Being an official All-Steinway School is not only a dedication to a commitment of excellence, but it provides the world’s best instruments for student and faculty. Our All-Steinway Concert is a celebration of our students and a thank you to donors who helped make this evening possible,” Onalbayeva said.

The University of Mobile earned the All-Steinway designation in 2016 after the “All Steinway, All Together” campaign raised funds to update the university’s inventory of aging pianos. Now, 90 percent of the university’s pianos, from practice room to recital hall, are designed by Steinway & Sons.

Works by Haydn, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Chopin and Babajanian will be performed. Pianists include freshmen Lauren Stanford and Marc Marquis, sophomores William Farris and Lily Caswell, juniors Luke Killam and Rebecca Reed, senior Conrad Erskine and Master of Music student Gaukhar Kenessova.

For a list of upcoming concerts and theatrical performances in the Performing Arts Series, go to umobile.edu/pas. To learn about bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile, visit umobile.edu/asota or call 251.442.2383.


About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 75 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For information about the University of Mobile, areas of study, admissions and more, visit umobile.edu, connect with UM on social media @univofmobile, or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

About the Author

Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.