Piano Bank

Steinway Society of New Orleans – Piano Bank

Society Founders and Current Directors

Steven O. Kinchen Sr.
John D. Wright, Jr

Steinway Society of New OrleansFounded in 2004, the Steinway Society of New Orleans is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of piano performance in The Greater New Orleans area and beyond. A goal of the Society is to stimulate and nourish the musical talents of the youth. The Society also provides an annual opportunity for young pianists to work toward a higher level of excellence through performances at the Steinway Piano Society Competition, where the winners are awarded scholarship assistance for future study. Finally, the society offers music advocates invitations to special musical and social events throughout the year.

The Gift of a Lifetime

Steinway Piano Society’s “Piano Bank” is a free service designed to give economically disadvantaged children (age 6-18) in Southeast Louisiana the opportunity to develop their musical talent by providing a piano and/or tuition for lessons. The goal of the “Piano Bank” is to reach out to children who otherwise might not get a chance to study piano.

The gift of music….

It’s a proven fact…. Music makes children happy, healthy and wise! Studies have shown that playing a musical instrument, especially the piano, raises tests scores, makes the brain more efficient and decreases that likelihood that kids will become involved with drugs, alcohol and gangs. Music lessons make kids better students and better citizens. Research also suggests that making music may also help us as we age, by reducing the chances of Alzheimer’s and other age-related diseases.

Investing in a child’s future…

Through the generosity of our donors and a partnership with the New Orleans Foundation for Arts Education, we are able to provide need-based tuition assistance and supply a “second life” piano as well. Piano study can make a lasting impression on a child’s life.

The “Piano Bank” will make pianos and piano lessons available without charge to economically disadvantaged children who qualify.

Here’s how it works…

    • Guidelines and criteria sheets are available from area piano teachers or at Hall Piano Company.
    • Recommendations are made by area piano teachers of students who are motivated but cannot afford piano lessons and/or a piano.
    • Applicants may submit a qualification sheet to the Society for review and consideration.
    • Upon endorsement from the review committee, Steinway Piano Society’s “Piano Bank” may provide funding for lessons, a piano, or both to the deserving student.
    • Quarterly Practice/Report cards from the teacher will be provided to Steinway Piano Society to ensure continued eligibility. As long as the students progress, “Piano Banks” support will continue.

Change a child’s life today!

You can make a difference in a child’s future. Here are four simple ways…

  • If you know of a deserving child, please submit the information to: The Piano Bank, in care of The Steinway Society of New Orleans.
  • Join the New Orleans Steinway Society.
  • Make a donation to the “Piano Bank.”
  • Contact us today!