Source: MonmouthCollege.edu (Barry McNamara)
The Monmouth College music department will start the coming academic year on a good note—literally—thanks to the gift of a new Steinway concert grand piano by 1947 graduate Joyce Busby of Litchfield, Ill.
The instrument, which is valued at approximately $80,000, will arrive by the beginning of September, according to associate professor of music Ian Moschenross. It will be formally dedicated at a Sept. 22 piano recital by Moschenross.
Moschenross said that thanks to the gift, he and department colleague Tim Pahel are looking forward to traveling to New York City in August. “Steinway sends you to their factory in Queens,” he explained, “and you tour the factory and see pianos being made.”
Moschenross had the opportunity to meet Busby earlier this month and express his gratitude for the gift, which Busby made in honor of her parents, Leland and Ruth Busby. Her father attended Monmouth during the 1921-22 academic year.
“I have an abiding interest in good music,” she said. “That’s why I wanted to make a gift to Monmouth College along those lines.”