Lynn's Conservatory of Music receives a treasured gift

The 1955 Steinway grand piano contributes to student musicians' continued success.
Bert Bauman donated piano
Annette Buaman plays the Steinway.
Annette Bauman plays her Steinway.

Longtime Lynn University enthusiast Bert Bauman recently gifted a 5-foot, 9-inch Steinway grand piano to Lynn with the hope of providing an improved practice opportunity for the Conservatory of Music's talented student musicians.

Bauman's late wife, Annette, purchased the Steinway in 1955 in New York City. After trying many different pianos, this one was the perfect fit. "Her life was music, and playing was necessary," said Bauman. "Annette loved performing concerts throughout the city and training piano students on her beloved Steinway."

When the couple relocated to Florida more than 20 years ago, they purchased tickets to see Lynn's Philharmonia and attended concerts and shows every season thereafter. When Annette passed away last year, Bauman knew in his heart that the prized piano's new home should be none other than Lynn. Along with this treasured gift comes his late wife’s library of music, marked by the notable Dorothy Taubman, who was Annette’s teacher in the 1950s.

"This donation brings a quality piano from the manufacturer acknowledged as setting the gold standard for pianos—Steinway & Sons—to the Lynn piano collection," said Roberta Rust, chair of the Lynn Conservatory's piano program. "We are deeply grateful to members of the community, like Bert, who find it in their hearts to donate for the benefit of classical music instruction and training at Lynn."

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