GOSHEN – “Goshen College students walking by the Administration building are in for a pleasant musical surprise.
Located in this nondescript corner of campus lies a new painted piano. If one decides to approach and further inspect the piano, they will be greeted by the evoking artistic stylings of Maddie Gerig, a third-year student at Goshen College. Riddled with chipped keys and left without a bench, the piano is painted with a color scheme of varying shades of blue and white accompanied by powerful accents of yellow and red.
This piano came as a result of the efforts of Student Senate to “spontaneously interject” some of Goshen’s abundant musical talent into our campus, said Ben Shelly, president of Student Senate.
When asked about how this project came to fruition, David Zehr, who used to serve on Student Senate, said, “Two years ago, Maddie Gerig and Elizabeth Derstine (who were both at-large representatives on Senate that year) had some suggestions related to doing artistic things around campus.”
Zehr went on to explain that this project was inspired by the Keys for the City program from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a program which placed various painted pianos across the city.
With a little advice from the Keys for the City program, Beverly Lapp, professor of music, and Dennis Chupp of Chupp’s Piano Service, GC received its own piano.
Through Chupp’s business, a couple friends of GC “decided to donate their piano,” said Zehr.”
For over forty years, Chupp’s Piano Service has specialized in the premium restoration of ‘golden age’ grand pianos. With a focus on vintage Steinway & Sons, our work has become the preferred choice of numerous concert venues, performance halls and universities across the continent. Founded in 1975 by Master Piano Technician Dennis Chupp, our family owned and operated business is proud to continue the art of piano rebuilding. Our Northern Indiana rebuilding facility and showroom feature a large selection of restored Steinway, new Kawai and other fine makers of quality pianos.
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