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Bethlehem high school gets new Steinway

Bethlehem High School students returned from their holiday break to a new concert piano, two years in the waiting.

In October 2005, a team from the Bethlehem music department traveled to New York City to select a new Steinway concert piano. They chose a 7-foot, model B piano, which District Music Supervisor Dave Norman said is an excellent size for a high quality grand.

The piano was delivered on Thursday, Dec. 27.

Steinway makes the "finest concert pianos in the world," Norman continued. The majority of concert halls use Steinway exclusively, he said.

The school was able to purchase the $53,000 piano through a fundraiser organized by the Bethlehem Music Association, a support group made up of parents, teachers and friends who recognize the school's music education programs.

According to the BMA Web site, "The BMA attributes its success to the more than 200 donations made by parents, students, alumni, businesses, community members and one extremely generous donation from an anonymous source."

The donor who still has not been named donated $40,000, which was the remaining cost of the piano after several weeks of fundraising, said Norman.

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