Elizabeth Grant’s Piano
Celebrate Liz, with a new grand piano in Elizabeth Grant’s name
Brandon University and the Brandon Conservatory Chorale are raising funds for a new grand piano that will celebrate Dr. Elizabeth Grant and her musical legacy. As the founding director of the Chorale, known to generations of choir students as Liz — the piano will be named “Liz” as well, in her honour. The new piano, a Steinway & Sons Model B semi-concert grand, will be housed in the R.D. Bell Hall in the School of Music, where she works as Chorale director.
Grant originally founded the Brandon Conservatory Chorale in 1981 as a project for her Master’s in Music degree. Since then, it has grown from just 14 members to peak at well over 100 choristers, and has been subdivided into various youth choirs, with singers ranging in age from 5–18, both male and female. The Chorale has also added an adult choir, Bel Canto, in the past five years.
About the piano
The Model B is described by the Steinway & Sons company as a wonderfully balanced and versatile instrument. It is nearly seven feet in length, weighs 760 pounds and has a total of more than 39,000 pounds of tension in the strings. Each one is handcrafted, takes nearly a year to complete and comes with a price tag of approximately $158,000. The piano is expected to provide exceptional service for students and musicians at the BU School of Music for more than a century.
You’re the key
A generous commitment from Liz’s family has provided the funding required for the body of the piano. You can help complete the piano by sponsoring a key for $900. Donors who “purchase” a piano key will be recognized on a plaque in the R.D. Bell Hall. Help us build this lasting tribute — one note at a time!
57 Keys Already Sold
Choose the key you would like to purchase in honour of Liz. Take note of which keys you wish to support (for example, A3 or D3#) and enter them on our piano donation page. Keys in purple have already been purchased in Liz’s honour.
Gifts in all amounts are gratefully accepted for this initiative.
Every effort will be made to ensure that this piano key diagram remains as up-to-date as possible. However, keys are made available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will contact you to select an alternate key if your first choice is not available.
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