Department of Music

All Auburn, All Steinway

A Campaign for Musical Excellence at Auburn University


Hands playing a Steinway pianoThe piano is the single most important piece of equipment in a music department - the one instrument that touches every student and faculty member. Unlike a piano for home use, the life of a piano used for music education is approximately 20 years. Although our pianos have been well looked after, they have been very well used. Now is the time for Auburn students and faculty to experience a musical education that only a Steinway can provide.

Our Goal

Auburn University seeks to become an “All Steinway School,” a prestigious designation bestowed by Steinway & Sons to those institutions who, like Steinway, are committed to excellence. Auburn students and faculty will train and work on Steinway pianos, exclusively. Why Steinway? Simply put, because they’re the best!

A Steinway is an instrument of the highest expression and creativity, and Auburn students and faculty deserve nothing less. Becoming an All-Steinway School is an invaluable investment in the educational experience of our students and in the teaching skills of our faculty.

To earn the All Steinway School designation, 90 percent of the Department of Music’s piano inventory must be Steinway-made. The All-Auburn, All Steinway Campaign aims to raise $3 million to purchase 57 new Steinway pianos, replacing the department’s current inventory. Funds will also be allocated toward a required maintenance program which includes a dedicated Steinway piano technician to ensure the instruments are kept in optimal performance quality condition for generations to come.

Our Impact

Professor Hoch playing a SteinwayThe greatest impact of being an All Steinway School will be felt by our students who will have the opportunity of a lifetime to learn, practice and perform on the highest-caliber equipment crucial to the education of student musicians. Our students will engage in the creative process at a level only a Steinway can achieve. In addition, Auburn University will join an elite group of colleges, schools and conservatories worldwide, including Yale School of Music, The Julliard School, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music and four SEC schools (University of Arkansas, University of Florida, University of Georgia and University of Tennessee–Knoxville).

How can you participate?

A gift to the All Auburn, All Steinway campaign sends the message to students, faculty and the community that Auburn University and its passionate network of supporters are committed to the highest levels of excellence and quality.

Make your gift online at or contact a member of the College of Liberal Arts Development Team.

Mary K. Baird
Executive Director of Development
Ph. 334-844-1191

Carrie Carpenter
Director of Development
Ph. 334-844-1921

Last Updated: October 17, 2018