Steinway Grand Piano Given to NIC

Grand Piano given to NIC by Glenn and Donna Welstad

“This piano is a dream to play,” beamed Ann Paul, NIC piano instructor, at a reception given in honor of Glenn and Donna Welstad of Post Falls, who recently donated a Steinway Grand Piano to North Idaho College. After playing Gershwin’s “I’ve Got Rhythm,” Paul said the piano will be her first choice to practice on. “I love it. It has a mellow sound and a wonderful touch!”

Gerard Mathes of the NIC music department agreed, “It has a very mellow, nice clean, clear tone, and is a superbly constructed instrument.” He continued, “We were trying to acquire another acoustic piano, when the Welstad’s called and left a message on my voice mail. I went out to their place to see the piano, and it was beautiful. This gift far surpasses what we could have purchased through the budget process. “

Debra O’Dell, NIC piano instructor and Mathes performed “Nocturne for Violin and Piano No. 1” by Lili Boulanger. O’Dell was also delighted with the new gift. “The touch is velvety; the voice is quite mellow—even across the register.”

When the Welstad’s moved to the area, they needed to find a new home for their grand piano. They felt the community College and its students would be most appreciative, so they donated the piano to NIC to be used for instruction for students.

Virginia Johnson, Communication, Fine Arts, and Humanities Division Chair, introduced the performers at the reception and said, “Students have been hovering like bees over the piano.” She thanked the Welstad’s for their gift and invited those in attendance to enjoy refreshments and admire the new instrument

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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2007

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