Chandler youth Henry Gubler knows a thing or two about pianos. The six-year-old is excited about his fall piano recital at the Chandler School of Fine Arts (CFA) since he will be performing on a Steinway. “I like the Steinway because it’s bigger,” he explains. “It makes ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ sound beautiful!”
The managers of the Nordstrom store in Chandler Fashion Mall donated their $60,000 piano to CFA this summer when they decided to stop featuring live music. Now the expensive instrument, which used to entertain shoppers, is helping train the next generation of musicians.
“The Steinway benefits our students because their skills are able to develop and improve beyond the limitations of less responsive instruments." said Christi Elie, the CFA coordinator. “A strong piano program is the foundation and the life-blood of every good music school. Chandler School of Fine Arts is no exception, yet as a non-profit community outreach that relies heavily on donations, we are certainly in no position to purchase a concert grand Steinway. We are very grateful to Nordstrom for their generous donation.”
In addition to piano lessons, CFA offers private lessons in voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, as well an advanced youth choir and art classes for children and adults. Open registration for the spring semester begins November 14. CFA is located on the campus of Tri-City Baptist Church on the southwest side of Dobson and Germann (2211 W Germann Rd, Chandler). Visit www.chandlerfinearts.org for tuition information and registration forms.