Pianos are the foundation of every music program. They touch
every student – from the piano students who need instruments to practice and
perform, to the vocal and instrumental students who need accompaniment, to the
choir and orchestra that need pianos for rehearsals and performances. They are,
as Dr. Martin Camacho calls them, the “cornerstone instrument of any music
This spring, the Department of Music at MSU Texas will begin
the process of replacing most of the university’s piano inventory and the
department’s electronic piano lab. “Most of the pianos will be traded while we
will retain a couple of the more meaningful Steinways provided by private
donors,” said Camacho, Dean of the Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts.
The pianos purchased will be a mix of Steinway and Yamaha to
provide different experiences for the students’ studies and development, said
Camacho. The electronic piano lab provides an additional 15 instruments for
non-piano major classes and also will be used in the newly formed Piano for
Children program that began in January.
The acquisition of approximately 25 new electronic, upright
or grand pianos is made possible through the generosity of the Perkins-Prothro
Foundation and Dale and Joe Prothro, longtime donors to the fine arts programs.
The Prothros established the Music Series at Akin in 2011, the premiere chamber
music concert series for the city and region.
“Dale and Joe’s support through the years has made the
single biggest difference in our ability to enhance the performance of music in
this region,” said MSU President Suzanne Shipley. “Their support of the piano
replacement project has created a much-needed opportunity for progress and
The couple’s gift is part of the Campaign for MSU Texas, a
seven-year, $50 million comprehensive campaign for the University. The
“Boundless Opportunities” theme reflects the outlook of the students, the
university and the community.
Midwestern State University’s ambitious comprehensive
campaign, currently in its early stages, will fund projects to enrich the lives
of students, enhance teaching and learning, and invest in the university campus
and the Wichita Falls community.
“It is difficult to imagine the landscape of the music in
our community without the support of Dale and Joe Prothro,” said Camacho. “This
project, coming from them, crowns their efforts and is the single largest
support specifically dedicated for the music program to date.”
For more information on MSU’s campaign, contact Tony Vidmar
at 940-397-4782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the piano replacement project,
contact Camacho at 940-397-4243 or email@example.com.