Trinity University joined 168 other schools around the world when it became an all-Steinway campus in 2013.
Like so much of Trinity, the University’s music program is popular but personal. With the help of piano professor Carolyn True, University organist and department chair David Heller made Trinity University an all-Steinway campus. Thanks to the generosity of Trinity Trustee Emeritus Jim Dicke ’68, 43 of some of the world’s finest pianos now line the halls of the Dicke-Smith music and arts building.
Heller and True traveled to the Steinway headquarters in New York to personally select each piano. The two professors hand-picked studio pianos for the choir classrooms, smaller grand pianos for professors’ offices, and a special concert grand piano for recitals. The 9-foot concert grand piano, named “Jim” after its donor, has decorative maroon accents that mesh nicely with Trinity’s colors. The practice rooms in Dicke-Smith have an assortment of grand and vertical Steinways available for student use any time of the day.