Monmouth College music faculty members Tim Pahel (left) and Ian Moschenross are pictured at the Steinway piano factory in New York, where they went to see pianos being made, like the one the college now owns thanks to a gift from Joyce Busby ’47. The company’s slogan is “Making the world’s finest pianos for over 160 years.”
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Monmouth College formally dedicated its world-class Steinway concert piano during a special concert on Sept. 22 in the Kasch Performance Hall of the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.
The concert featured music faculty members Ian Moschenross, Tim Pahel and Carolyn Suda. Moschenross performed solo piano works and was joined by Pahel for piano work for four hands. Pahel and Suda performed works for cello and piano. Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Chopin and Halffter were featured.
Valued at approximately $80,000, the piano was the gift of 1947 Monmouth graduate Joyce Busby of Litchfield, Ill. Often called “the perfect piano,” the versatile instrument is known for its wonderfully balanced tone and its flexibility for use in intimate settings, teaching studios and mid-sized venues. The crafting process required nearly one year.
Moschenross had the opportunity to meet Busby during the summer and express his gratitude for the gift, which Busby made in honor of her parents, Leland and Ruth Busby. Her father attended Monmouth during the 1921-22 academic year.
“I have an abiding interest in good music,” she said. “That’s why I wanted to make a gift to Monmouth College along those lines.”
“On behalf of the students and faculty in the music department, I want to thank Joyce Busby for this incredibly generous and meaningful gift,” said Moschenross. “Both of our current concert instruments are refurbished Steinways originally purchased by the college in the 1920s. Having a brand new, world-class instrument from Steinway will impact students, faculty and guest artists, literally for generations to come.”