The University of Alabama and piano crafters Steinway & Sons are making beautiful music together.

The University’s School of Music is becoming an “All Steinway School,” which will bring the Capstone into some rarefied air. Other “All Steinway” schools include Yale, Juilliard, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

“As the University of Alabama School of Music has always stood for the highest level of quality in all things, many of our current pianos used throughout the program are Steinways,” said Skip Snead, chair of the School of Music in the College of Arts and Sciences. “In the coming months and years, all of our pianos will be systematically replaced with state-of-the-art Steinway instruments. This ‘Steinway Initiative’ will publicly recognize and rank our keyboard department among the finest programs in the nation.”

The result will be music majors who are better prepared for work in their fields after graduation, as well as recruiting more top students to UA.

“Having daily access to Steinway pianos for both practice and performance will allow our keyboard students to experience the highest in industry standards and expectations,” Snead said. “This will not only directly benefit our current students, but substantially enhance the recruiting of future students.”

To kick off the Steinway Initiative, the School of Music is producing an evening of special presentations and performances by select piano students on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Moody Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.