Dr. Bryson Mortensen, assistant professor of music and director of choral music, has received a $71,000 grant from the E.K. Sloane Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to underwrite the purchase of a $154,000 Steinway Concert Grand Piano. The grant will be matched by funds from other donors to underwrite the full cost of this exciting addition to the forthcoming Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center.
A front-page story in the “Sunday Break” section of The Virginian-Pilot on February 18 featured Virginia Wesleyan and Mortensen in “Grand Plans: What's so special about a $154,000 piano? Opportunities, say Virginia Wesleyan University officials.
“Steinway Concert Grand Pianos are considered the gold standard of musical instruments. Ours will be housed in the 300-seat Joan and Macon Brock Theater and will enhance student performances and attract high quality outside artists,” noted VWU President Scott D. Miller. “The 23,000-square-foot Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center will also boast a grand lobby, supporting spaces for the performance venue, and a plaza for outdoor programming. Congratulations to Dr. Mortensen and our entire campus community on this very exciting news.”