Tarleton hosts lecture on history of Steinway & Sons pianos


STEPHENVILLE (January 25, 2016) — Piano expert Bryan Elmore explains the virtues of Steinway & Sons pianos as part of a free lecture series planned at Tarleton State University’s Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Theater.

The lecture, part of a series of public events to promote Tarleton’s efforts to become an All-Steinway School, begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, with a reception to follow. The public is invited to the event hosted by the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and emceed by college Dean Kelli C. Styron.

“The guest lecture by Bryan Elmore from Steinway & Sons is a unique opportunity for the community to hear everything about Steinway’s history and what makes this company the greatest piano maker in the world,” Styron said. “This informative and entertaining lecture will cover everything from the family’s emigration to America, to the conversion of their factory during World War II for wartime support, to their most recent innovative designs.”

Guest lecturer Bryan Elmore
Guest lecturer Bryan Elmore

Elmore, who serves as an institutional director for Steinway Hall – Dallas/Fort Worth/Plano, has a unique resume that includes non-profit leadership and administration as well as youth and worship ministry to complement his prior experience with Steinway & Sons as director of institutional sales for the Tulsa, Okla., dealer. There, among other accomplishments, he created an intersection between his passions for music and non-profits by helping the University of Arkansas, Oral Roberts University and others reach the status of All-Steinway School. Previous non-profit experience includes 13 years working as director of development for a youth home in Central Arkansas that he and his wife helped establish. While working for the home, which provides residential care for troubled adolescents, the Elmores served as foster parents to more than 100 children.

In his current role at Steinway Hall – Dallas/Fort Worth/Plano, Elmore focuses on performing arts organizations, schools and universities, faith-based institutions and non-profits. He is also one of the few individuals outside Steinway & Sons’ technical staff permitted to lead Steinway factory tours.

Elmore has great respect for Steinway pianos, products he calls “handmade American treasures.” A perennial student, Elmore has researched piano construction for more than three decades and is well-versed in the proprietary processes of Steinway & Sons and other manufacturers.

According to the piano maker, Steinway pianos are exclusive to 97 percent of all pianists performing with orchestras around the world, as well as 1,600 musicians who are designated Steinway Artists.

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