8 Replies Latest reply: Aug 30, 2014 5:25 PM by Nick Seidler RSS

Piano?

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Is there a piano on campus that students can play?

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  • Re: Piano?
    Mandy Runnalls

    Yes! There is one in the Todd Wehr Auditorium area and one by the Grohmann (you may have to ask permission for the second) and I've heard rumor of a third!

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    Dylan Keegan

    The Piano in the Todd Wehr is unfortunately actually a keyboard, I recommend you bring headphones to use that (it has a 1/4 inch output jack).  I've never been able to get permission to use the piano in the Grohmann.  I have actually never heard of a student using it unfortunately.  There is a piano in the Alumni Partnership Center that the choirs used to use, but it got broken half way through the school year while it was being tuned (I believe the sound board... I don't expect a repair).  The Student Music Organization owns two keyboards which are used by the various groups, but you may be able to request to use one of them (especially if you use it in one of the music groups).  If you really want to play Piano, there is one in the Milwaukee Public Market building on the upper level, but there will be a crowd up there.

     

    If I was able to request one thing from the school it would definitely be better support for music, whether in the form of some practice rooms or better yet, a (real) piano to use for concerts in the Todd Wehr.

     

    Feel free to contact me if you have questions about the SMO (the choirs in particular).  Also we are looking for a new pianist to accompany the full choir, so let me know if you are interested in that.  Thanks!

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      Brian Prestley

      Dylan,

      Thanks for the information. I might be interested in accompanying the choir, depending on the level of commitment. How often and long are rehearsals, and when does the choir start rehearsing? Once I arrive on campus, who should I talk to?

      Thank you,

      Brian Prestley

      • Re: Piano?
        Dylan Keegan

        Brian,

         

        The Choir practices once a week for 2 hours, and there are 2 concerts per year.  Our first rehearsal will probably be the second week of the Fall quarter.  I am the Chairman of the Choir, so you can continue to contact me for any information you may need (although I would like to move it to Email). You can reach me at keegand@msoe.edu

    • Re: Re: Piano?
      Zach Pederson

      I play the piano also and would love it if there were a real piano open to students who treat it well. Piano is something that I really want to keep up through college.

      • Re: Re: Piano?
        Dr. Russ Meier

        Zach et. al.,

         

        I agree. Even though I am a Professor at MSOE, I am also an intermediate classical music piano player. I'm a student at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music preparing a Mozart Sonata and a Chopin Nocturne for my next recital at the Conservatory this Fall. I agree that our campus needs a handsome acoustic (not the electric one that is is the Todd Wehr Auditorium area) baby grand placed somewhere where students could find it and use it. In fact, it would be nice if we had an upright or two that could even be in a couple of practice rooms that could be reserved. I posted to my twitter feed just this past Tuesday that "music is relaxation for my soul." Keep practicing!

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          Zach Pederson

          Neat! Which Nocturne are you playing?? I absolutely love all Chopin's music. I've played a couple of his Nocturnes, my favorite being his D-flat Major. I absolutely agree; I love to listen to solo piano music while I'm studying.

  • Re: Piano?
    Nick Seidler

    There are three pianos on campus that students can use.  The first is a baby grand style piano located in the main room of the Alumni Partnership Center.  The second is a classical upright located in the Grohmann Museum on the landing (just off the stairs) on the second (or third) floor.  The third is an electric upright piano that is located in the Todd Wehr Auditorium bar area.  The electric piano gets the most use due to its accessibility and ease of use. 

     

    Students (or anyone else) are welcome to play or practice on these so long as it does not interfere with an event that is happening in those areas.  To be fair, these pianos are a bit older and not in perfect condition, but they do give the opportunity to practice if desired.  We welcome the approach of any donor who would be interested in sponsoring a new piano on campus for our students.