PHILADELPHIA – Chestnut Hill College announced Jan. 25 that it joined an elite group of institutions worldwide with “All-Steinway” status. The designation was made official Jan. 6 with the purchase of new instruments from Jacobs Music Company. Now, college faculty and students will learn, practice and perform only on pianos designed by the world-famous Steinway & Sons, whose instruments are the piano of choice for serious musicians worldwide.

Chestnut Hill is one of five schools in the Philadelphia area to achieve the “All-Steinway” designation, and the only Catholic college in the area to do so. This designation signifies the college’s dedication to musical excellence and entrance into a select worldwide group of 124 “All-Steinway” colleges, conservatories and music schools.

“We are grateful to the college administration for this investment in the future of our music programs through the purchase of the Steinway pianos,” said Sister Kathleen McCloskey, S.S.J., assistant professor and chair of the music/music education department. “This commitment places us in the company of some of the most prestigious institutions worldwide and assists us in our efforts to offer the best possible music programs to our present and future students.”