Schools using Steinway

Schools Using Steinway

Steinway is one of the world’s widely-known and best-loved piano brands – it is synonymous with quality, craftsmanship, and the particular romance of piano music.

Steinway instruments have a reputation for being finely crafted, durable, and a treat for musicians of all skill levels. These qualities also make Steinway one of the most popular piano brands used in schools. Throughout the country and around the world, schools using Steinway pianos are teaching young musicians how to play, but also how to incorporate a fine instrument into their passion for creating music.

Learning with Steinway

Steinway instruments are so popular in the learning environment, many schools have decided to use the brand exclusively. All Steinway Schools use the brand for everything from practice to recitals, for everyday use to special occasions and everything in between.

Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio committed to Steinway in 1877, making it the first member of the All Steinway program and today, there are more than 170 All Steinway Schools throughout the world.

Schools Using Steinway Pianos

Many institutions purchase their collection of Steinways in bulk. The University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music in Ohio became one of the best known schools using Steinway and placed an order for 165 new Steinway pianos for $4.1 million, making it one of the largest orders Steinway has ever processed.

Oberlin and the College Conservatory of Music in Ohio are not the only schools using Steinways. They are used exclusively in many other of the world’s most respected music conservatories, including:

  • Yale School of Music in New Haven, CT
  • Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, OH
  • Curtis Institute of Music and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA
  • Central Conservatory of Music, School of Piano and the China Conservatory of Music, School of Piano in Beijing, China
  • Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Leeds College of Music – Conservatoire in Leeds, England
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, Wales

In addition to the conservatories listed above, several colleges, universities, and schools of distinction are Steinway schools.

For a complete list of all schools using Steinway Pianos, visit All-Steinway Schools.

If you’d like to talk Steinway with the experts, contact us today for a free consultation.

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Gaither Vocal Band |Yamaha Tuning by Chupps Pianos

Chupp’s Tunes Yamaha Piano for Gaither Vocal Band

Gaither Vocal Band uses Yamaha Concert Grand tuned by Chupp’s Pianos.

The Gaither Vocal Band was founded in the early 1980’s. They have become legendary and are well known for reviving the popularity of Southern Gospel Music. Their music has won multiple Grammy Awards and has rocketed to the top of the charts. The band recently performed live at the Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana, Indiana and Chupp’s Pianos owner and master technician Dennis Chupp was called out to make sure their 7’6” Yamaha Model C7 Concert Grand Piano was ready for the concert. Read More…

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Top Five Reasons to Purchase a Kawai

Top Five Reasons to Purchase a Kawai Piano

Kawai has made a name for themselves as a quality piano manufacturer with a rich history. Here are just a few reasons why purchasing a Kawai piano from Chupp’s is a wise decision.

1: Quality Manufacturing.

With dozens of respected piano companies competing for a share of the market, many have moved their production to places like China in an attempt to reduce their overhead. Although it does reduce production costs it can come at a steep drop in quality. Kawai still has their headquarters and factories in Japan and retain the high quality and control expected by artists around the world.

2: Pioneering Advancement.

Kawai is well known and respected for their innovation when it comes to the parts that go into their many pianos. In 1971 Kawai began utilizing ABS for pieces of their piano actions. Why did they do this? According to tests completed in 1998 the ABS parts were more consistent in size, were over 50% stronger and were much more resistant to environmental problems. Recently Kawai has combined their ABS with carbon fibers to create an ABS Carbon. This is much stronger than their previous design and allows for lighter parts, creating a quicker and more responsive action. Although some, including competitors have attempted to discredit the ‘plastic’ parts, they have proved to be long lasting and very precise.  Kawai hasn’t been afraid to try new things and this has benefited the music industry as a whole. Read More…

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Chupp’s Pianos’ YouTube Channel Re-Launched

After a long hiatus we are pleased to relaunch our YouTube channel!

We will be posting audio samples, performances and much more. Be sure to check it out and subscribe!

Here is our first ‘new’ upload: “Number Five, an original piano composition by Philip Balke. Played on a 1923 Steinway & Sons A-III Grand Piano, serial number 216525.”


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Want to learn more?

Want To Know More About What We Do? Good!

There are hundreds of little details that go into each and everyone of our restoration projects here at Chupp’s Pianos. From the soundboard to the action, care is taken along every step of the way. While some businesses simply throw in a few new parts and call it a day, we utilize the finest components while adjusting and perfecting the instrument to concert perfection. Not many people know the work that goes into each project that we take on. Read More…

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Prairie Home Companion @ Goshen College

“A Prairie Home Companion” uses Steinway D Restored by Chupp’s Pianos

9′ Steinway D restored by Chupp’s Pianos used in Live Broadcast

Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” has been on the air for over 40 years and reaches over 4 million people over 500 public radio stations throughout the United States.

The show recently went on the road to broadcast live from Goshen College’s Sauder Concert Hall here in Indiana and utilized the 9’ Steinway D that Chupp’s Piano Service has rebuilt and maintained. Read More…

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Steinway upright pianos

Steinway Upright Pianos

What Makes a Steinway Upright Piano Different?

Steinway pianos are truly musical treasures. Properly restored, a Steinway upright piano grows more valued with time and becomes an integral part of your life and home.

Steinway is often what comes to mind when people think of the classic piano. For more than 150 years, Steinway has been the preferred instrument of those who know pianos. From piano teachers to famous musicians, Steinway is the piano of choice.

Over 90% of concert pianists perform on a Steinway

It is no accident accomplished musicians choose Steinway. The company is known for its craftsmanship and designs pianos that are essentially made by hand. Steinway pianos feature more than 12,000 individual parts, none of which are synthetic. Keys are balanced, hammers are hardened or softened, and the sound that is produced from a Steinway is as near to perfect as it can be.

Steinway Construction

The construction of a Steinway upright starts with selecting and curing the piano’s wood to ensure proper moisture content. The piano’s rims are constructed with layers of hard rock maple and cast-iron plates that are designed to withstand the tension exerted by the strings. Steinways are suitable for beginning students, but stand up to professional use.

Restoring a Steinway Upright

Restoring a Steinway upright is no easy task. We put the same attention to detail and care into restoring pianos as Steinway does when building their pianos. We understand how special a Steinway piano is and we know what it will bring to your home. Our goal is to provide you with a quality instrument that brings music and beauty into your life.

If investing in a classic piano is the right option for you, we can help. We restore Steinway and Sons upright pianos, so you can get the instrument you want at an affordable price. If you have dreamed of owning a new piano, but the price tag makes that impossible, our selection of Steinway pianos puts it back within reach.

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Concert Pianist Pina Antonelli Praises Chupp’s Piano

Chupp’s Piano Service has worked with legendary concert pianist Pina Antonelli for over a decade. She has purchased her two Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grands from us and we then worked with her to later sell one of these instruments and trade the other for one of our premium restored Steinway Model B Grands. She was kind enough to send in this letter of testimony.

Dear Dennis,

Thank you for your on-going efforts on behalf of selling my beloved Steinway D.

Your personal approach and generous attitude have been very cons­oling and always engendering trust and confidence.

Parting with such a fine instrument was rather “wrenching” for me.

You have been patient, kind and determined, for which I am grateful.

Your integrity, enthusiasm and obvious expertise in all our past dealings will certainly be the incentive for future ones as they may arise.

My very BEST wishes for continuing success in your business.

Health and prosperity for you and yours always!”

Sincerely, Pina Antonelli  

Who is Pina Antonelli? Italian piano diva Pina Antonelli renders Classical and Romantic music with entertaining commentary. She delights audiences with her warmth, wit and spontaneity, frequently calling to mind the levity of Victor Borge and Anna Russell.


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Dueling Pianos; Double the Fun

5 Ways Dueling Pianos Successfully Engage Audiences

dueling pianosPianists have been entertaining guests at restaurants and lounges for decades. But in recent years, dueling piano bars have grown in popularity. America is now home to more than 200 dueling piano bars, including Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans. Pat O’Brien’s was the home of the first dueling piano bar in 1933. Today, dueling pianos are popular not only at bars and lounges, but also at weddings, parties, and corporate events.
Incorporating two talented pianists in one location, dueling pianos have become a great alternative to a traditional evening out. Audiences tend to get involved in the experience, requesting songs and cheering for their favorites. For a dueling piano experience to be a success, however, several factors must first be in place.

Piano Placement

Whether dueling pianists will be performing in a venue or at an event like a party, piano placement is crucial. Guests must be able to see the pianists and a system must be set up to facilitate song requests. In smaller settings, guests should be able to approach the piano to make requests directly to the pianists, usually in the form of a slip of paper in a glass.

Honoring Requests

Because audience participation is such a large part of the dueling piano experience, it’s important that both pianists have a large musical repertoire. Songs like Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing and Billy Joel’s Piano Man can almost be expected as requests, but there are songs that are specific to parties and weddings. This list of the most popular songs can help dueling pianists prepare for a dueling piano performance.

High-Quality Sound

The audience expects to be entertained, so sound quality is important. This starts with choosing a venue that is conducive to piano music and is enhanced by the use of a sound technician who can bring the music alive within that venue. In some cases, performers have no control over the sound in a location, but it can make a big difference when pianists have a say in where they perform.

Absence of Distractions

If an audience is surrounded by wall-mounted TVs, that audience may be more interested in watching the big game than enjoying the show. For best results, dueling pianists should ensure there are no distractions to keep the audience as engaged as possible in the performance.

Incorporate the Audience

A successful dueling piano experience includes the audience as much as the pianists. The experience is a very interactive one, from playing the songs guests want to hear to voting on the best performer. For special events, dueling pianists should allow the guests to serve as hosts of sorts, introducing songs and singing if they choose. Bringing audience members on stage is a great way to make the experience memorable for everyone in attendance.

Whether heading out for a night on the town or planning a party or wedding reception, dueling pianos are a unique, fun type of entertainment. Dueling pianists bring audiences into the show and make the experience a participatory one, rather than simply playing music.

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Greatest Piano Composers of All Time

famous piano composersFor years, brilliant composers have provided entertainment to the masses, creating beautiful music that is used as background to many of life’s big events. As musicians seek to learn their trade, they are urged to spend a large amount of time studying the greats. Through understanding their history, as well as listening to their music, modern-day composers can learn and grow in their own musical efforts.

While there are many great musical composers whose work was created for the piano, several throughout history stand out. The following composers are among the most revered piano composers of all time for a reason.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Johann Sebastian Bach is known for touching the world with his music without leaving his home country of Germany. Bach was born into a family of musicians, including professional court chamber musicians and a well-known composer and violinist, Johann Ludwig Bach. He began earning a reputation as a talented musician while providing music for religious services and teaching others to play. Many consider Bach to be the greatest musical composer of all time. Bach was shown an early version of what would become the piano during his lifetime, but it was still a novelty during his lifetime, which means the classics many pianists play on pianos today were actually created for the organ or harpsichord.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Ludwig van Beethoven’s musical beginnings were less than auspicious, with his alcoholic father reportedly forcing him to play for hours, punishing him for making errors. Despite these abusive beginnings, Beethoven continued to play into adulthood, creating some of the most iconic works of our time. At the age of ten, he left school to study music with the court organist and a few years later, he accepted an appointment as court organist. A longtime battle with hearing loss led him to eventually become reclusive and, in his final years, he had trouble performing in concert, although he continued to create some of today’s best-known compositions.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Like many famous composers, Mozart began at a very young age, performing for public audiences by the age of six. While working as an assistant concertmaster for the archbishop, he composed music in a variety of genres, creating symphonies, sonatas, operas, and more. He began composing for the piano in 1776, creating the Piano Concerto Number 9 in E Flat Major at the age of 21. His opera, Die Entführung, brought him fame throughout Europe, and his more than 600 compositions have lived on long after his death.

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Johannes Brahms is often grouped with fellow musicians Bach and Beethoven as the “Three Bs” of classical music. During his lifetime, Brahms was revered as one of the best composers of his time, with his notable perfectionism leading him to destroy some of his compositions before they were ever published. Today, he is considered an innovator in music composition, with his works serving as the staple of many operas and concert performances today.

By learning about the masters of musical composition, both pianists and their audiences can grow a greater appreciation for the songs they hear. These musical geniuses have legacies that have continued long after their deaths, serving as a great example to generations of new musicians and classical music fans.

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How Invention of Piano Influenced Composition

Musical Composition Altered by Invention of Piano

invention of pianoSome of the best music of all time was written by Johann Sebastian Bach, a composer of the early 1700s. Today’s pianists sometimes notice that much of Bach’s work was composed in the same three octaves, but what they don’t realize is that the piano as we know it today did not exist when he began composing. Bach’s compositions were created on organs and harpsichords. It was only in 1747, during a visit to King Frederick II, that Bach experimented with the piano.

The piano can actually be traced back to the mid-1600s, when musical instrument maker Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco is believed to have begun experimenting with an instrument that would have the loudness of a harpsichord while providing the sound control of a clavichord. Cristofori made great strides in developing the mechanical functionality of a piano but the instrument remained largely unnoticed until 1711, when an Italian writer wrote about it, including a diagram of the construction. This served as a “how-to” manual for inventors, who each set out to be the first to get a piano on the market.

Organ builder Gottfried Silberman succeeded. Silberman’s versions were almost identical to what Cristofori had created, adding what is now the damper pedal. Silberman showed his piano to Bach, who stated his dislike for it due to the softness of the higher notes. In later years, Bach would embrace the piano and even helped sell Silberman’s pianos.

But with or without Bach’s support, the piano’s gradual influence over music began with Silberman’s introduction. The piano is credited with the beginning of dynamic markings, since it introduced the ability to control the softness and loudness of the music being played. The piano also brought the ability to play a wider range of notes, which allowed compositions to become more versatile, incorporating seven octaves. Concert pianos have twelve octaves, which is a long way from the three octaves Bach was forced to work with.

Interestingly, Bach’s compositions are almost exclusively played on piano today. This has led many modern-day classic music fans to envision Bach creating his masterpieces on a piano when, in actuality, he’d never even seen a piano during his early days of composing. Today, the piano brings a large amount of control to a performance, allowing a musician to play loudly for emphasis or softly for subtlety, shaping many of the compositions that music lovers enjoy.

Chupps Pianos specializes in restoring and selling Steinway Pianos. With the largest selection of Steinway Pianos in the Midwest, Chupps also carries a selection of pianos from Yamaha, Kawai, Wurlitzer, and more. To learn more about Chupps Pianos, visit


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Playing the Piano: A Workout for Your Brain

Piano Provides Exercise for the Mind

Depositphotos_7685004_mPiano lessons are largely reserved for young children, who often abandon the skill as they get older. But for adults, there are benefits of learning to play the piano that go far beyond entertaining family members at your next Christmas gathering. Like playing word games, piano lessons are a great way to keep your mind healthy throughout your life.

Benefits of an Active Mind

Studies have shown that indulging in activities like reading and games can lower the protein in the brain believed to cause Alzheimer’s. Brain scans conducted on participants in a study at the University of California found less instance of the protein beta-amyloid in those who regularly engaged in mind-stimulating activities throughout the course of their lives.

In younger students, researchers have linked piano study to greater abilities in subjects like math and science. In a study of intellectual adults, MIT scientists found that concert pianos had 30 percent larger cerebral cortexes than adults who had no instrumental music education. In fact, a separate study found that among Silicon Valley CEOs, 75 percent had some type of instrumental music education.

For adult piano students, reading and interpreting music engages the mind in a manner similar to playing a game or solving a puzzle. But piano education also requires a mind-body coordination, as a pianist must coordinate leg and hand movements to interpret the music on that page. No matter what age a person begins to study piano, the activity is a great workout for the brain.

Memory Enhancement and More

By keeping the mind sharp, adults can also enjoy better memory retention as they age. A study conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine tracked 469 seniors over the age of 75. Those who participated in mind-stimulating activities such as playing a musical instrument were found to have less of a risk of developing dementia.

In addition to enhancing memory, learning to play the piano also has a positive impact on a person’s coordination, serving as a workout for both the brain and the body. The fingers remain active during piano play, providing exercise for the joints and helping manage arthritis symptoms for those who suffer from the condition.

Overall, adult piano instruction is a great way to learn something new. No matter what age you are, learning a new activity stimulates your mind, keeping it active and thriving well into your golden years.

Chupps Pianos is based in New Paris, Indiana, where pianos are refurbished for sale in its rebuilding facility. The New Paris shop offers a showroom, while Goshen Piano Service in Goshen, Indiana also showcases Chupps Pianos. Chupps offers both grand and upright pianos for sale, including pianos from Steinway & Sons, Yamaha, and more.


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