The Music Conservatory of Westchester (MCW) and Faust Harrison Pianos have announced the establishment of an expansive new Faust Harrison piano retail, restoration, and performance center on the Conservatory’s campus. Scheduled to open in early summer 2011, the piano center will add an entirely new dimension to MCW’s performing arts education facilities.
MCW’s two-building campus is a cornerstone for arts education within Westchester and the surrounding region, both through its own programming, and through the additional arts organizations it houses, including The Steffi Nossen School of Dance and the Westchester Choral Society. Faust Harrison Pianos is the leading independent retailer of new, used, and rebuilt top-quality pianos in the entire New York metro area. The two neighboring organizations will provide the community with an extraordinary level of piano and music education, made possible through a highly-accomplished faculty, a world-renowned team of piano professionals, and advanced music technology.
The new Faust Harrison Piano Center will occupy a freshly renovated 24,000 square foot facility located directly adjacent to MCW’s 216 Central Avenue building in White Plains. Housing piano showrooms, performance spaces, and a state-of-the-art piano restoration shop, the new Center will benefit MCW students in a variety of ways. Faust Harrison Pianos looks forward to providing and maintaining the highest-level acoustic and digital pianos in MCW’s studios and will also offer convenient, expert advice to students about pianos and other keyboard instruments. There will be tours for individuals and groups, as well as a class tour program for schools.
In the future, Faust Harrison’s extensive collection of technologically advanced keyboard instruments, such as the Yamaha Clavinova and Yamaha AvantGrand, can be incorporated into cutting-edge educational programs for MCW students. Faust Harrison will also incorporate the Disklavier, which enhances the piano education experience via its industry-leading performance reproducing technology. The winner of School Band & Orchestra Magazine’s 2011 Best Tools for Schools Award, the Disklavier also won the Music Teachers National Association’s (MTNA) Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award. In addition, the MCW campus will become perhaps the only one in the nation to include an on-site “old-world craftsmanship” piano restoration center.
“The Music Conservatory of Westchester, which recently celebrated its 80th anniversary, is proud to serve 3,700 students ranging in age from two to 87 years, representing more than 30 nationalities and hailing from 102 communities in a five county area,” said Carol Shiffman, Executive Director of The Music Conservatory of Westchester. “We are thrilled to welcome Faust Harrison Pianos to our campus and look forward to the many benefits our students, faculty and community will reap from this unique collaboration.”
The new relationship between MCW and Faust Harrison Pianos will also bring more high-quality musical performances to the Westchester arts community, as both organizations will regularly host joint and individual live performances by a wide variety of musicians. There will be expanded MCW student, faculty and guest artist recitals, as well as solo and ensemble performances by the same outstanding classical, jazz, experimental, and avant-garde musicians who have made “Piano Row” a critical destination for music performance in New York City, available now in White Plains.
“Faust Harrison Pianos and MCW, combined, offer more than a century of musical knowledge, educational expertise, top-quality instruments, and acclaimed concert performances,” notes Irving Faust of Faust Harrison Pianos, also the exclusive New York retailer of Yamaha Pianos, an integral supporter of the new MCW-Faust Harrison collaboration.
“Yamaha provides the widest and most sophisticated array of musical instruments and technologies available in the world today,” continued Faust. “We’re thrilled to provide these exceptional instruments to help expand the range of pedagogy and performance at the new center.”
Both MCW and Faust Harrison Pianos are operated by professional musicians dedicated to maintaining quality and integrity in their teaching and in their instruments, and to serving the community. In addition, the Conservatory is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.
About the Music Conservatory of Westchester
Founded in 1929, the Music Conservatory of Westchester (www.musicconservatory.org) is a non-profit community school of the arts, providing music, musical theatre education, and music therapy for people of all ages and abilities. The Conservatory’s 36,000-square-foot facility in White Plains offers a Recital Hall and 43 acoustically designed classrooms and teaching studios. Their comprehensive programs, which serve 3,700 students annually, include performing ensembles, musicianship classes, student performances, master classes, workshops, and more. All students receive free admission to the Conservatory’s annual series of faculty recitals and children’s concerts. This year, the Conservatory awarded $110,000 in scholarship support and tuition assistance to more than 115 of its students. The Conservatory is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
About Faust Harrison Pianos
Established in 1983 by concert pianist Sara Faust, and subsequently joined by composer and pianist Michael Harrison, Faust Harrison Pianos is the nation’s pre-eminent retailer of high quality new, used and restored pianos. It is the exclusive dealer in the greater New York metropolitan area for Yamaha, Bechstein and Mason & Hamlin pianos. It is the world’s largest independent retailer of fully rebuilt “vintage era” Steinway and Mason & Hamlin pianos. Restorations are performed to the very highest standards in the Faust Harrison state-of-the-art piano restoration center, in Westchester, NY. The Faust Harrison lineup of pianos can be seen and played in its showrooms in Manhattan (207 West 58th Street); Westchester (214 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY – opening in early summer); and Long Island (277 Walt Whitman Road – route 110 - Huntington, NY – also opening this summer). Faust Harrison Pianos strives always to create, represent and sell the best possible pianos at the best possible values. It provides its wide range of pianos and piano services to individual and institutional clients throughout the world.