Faculty Member's 'Pianos for People' an Arts Innovator of the Year

Aug. 11, 2017

Faculty Member's 'Pianos for People' an Arts Innovator of the YearEastman and Donna Vince will present a recital at Webster on Sunday, Nov. 19.

Patricia Eastman, adjunct professor of piano in Webster University's Department of Music in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, presented about Pianos for People at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

“My 20-minute talk focused on the mission of Pianos For People, the impact we are making in the community, and the myriad positive ways a piano can change a life,” Eastman said.

“Pianos for People is quickly gaining national attention as a unique non-profit addressing two issues: the diminishing presence of pianos in the household, and the increasing number of pianos abandoned or destroyed every year.”

Eastman is co-founder of Pianos for People, which received the 2017 Regional Arts Commission “Arts Innovator of the Year” award.

“Pat has a heart for meaningful social activity,” notes Jeffrey Carter, chair of the Department of Music. “Her passion for Pianos for People is abundant. This growing organization is returning good pianos to the American living room, by delivering them to the homes of less privileged families, and by providing free lessons at the studio on Cherokee Street.”

Eastman is co-founder of the Webster University Classical Piano Camp. Since 2000, she has been one half of the piano ensemble Duo Albireo, with colleague Donna Vince. The duo will present a recital on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. in Moore Auditorium.

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