FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Fifteen new Steinway upright pianos were delivered to the Kathryn Sullivan Bowld Practice Room Suite on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dec. 18. The installation moves the seminary one step closer to becoming an “All-Steinway School.”

“Today is a very exciting day in the life of Southwestern’s School of Church Music,” said music school dean Leo Day during a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Because of the generosity of some great friends of the seminary, the School of Church Music will be afforded an amazing opportunity to train our students on the best instruments available.”

Day expressed excitement over what God is doing in the music school and recognized the great responsibility of preparing current and future worship leaders for local church ministry. He said students are trained by the best professors to play and sing with skill, passion, and excellence.

“In order to get there,” Day said, “we are providing an environment in which [students] are blessed to study, practice and perform on the best instruments. Those instruments are Steinways.”

All of Southwestern’s pianos are handcrafted by Steinway & Sons in New York. When Southwestern becomes an all-New-York-City-handcrafted-Steinway school, it will be only one of 10 schools in the world and the only seminary to hold such a distinction.

Day concluded the ribbon-cutting ceremony with a prayer of dedication over the pianos and the students who will practice on them.