Burr and Burton Academy will become first Steinway Select School in Vermont
Burr and Burton Academy will become the first Steinway Select School in Vermont thanks to the purchase of a combination of uprights, baby grand and concert grand pianos. Steinway & Sons is the preeminent piano maker in the world, and this initiative makes world class instruments available to BBA students.
Gary Girouard from Steinway & Sons will attend the upcoming Steinway Calliope Recital on February 12. He will present a plaque and a $5,000.00 scholarship check heralding Burr and Burton Academy's designation as a Steinway Select School. Burr and Burton Academy is the first school in Vermont to achieve this recognition, and joins only two other New England schools, Gould Academy and Cushing Academy, in achieving this coveted status.
These fine instruments enable students and faculty members to practice, perform, compose and record using these top quality pianos. Members of the greater Manchester community as well as as participants in the Manchester Music Festival and Taconic Music will also have access to these wonderful instruments.
Neil Freebern, Chair of the BBA’s Creative Arts Department said, “We are very excited about the opportunities this investment affords BBA students and staff. We know it will help us continue to attract students interested in a first class music education and it will strengthen our place in the cultural life of the community. This cements Burr and Burton's commitment to musical excellence.” Headmaster Mark Tashjian added, “Steinway pianos are legendary, and I am delighted that we can add these instruments into the mix of opportunities available at BBA. I am grateful to Neil and Julie Freebern for having the vision to bring our music education to such a high level, to Steinway & Sons for their partnership in this venture, and to our generous donors, who made it all possible.”