Getting Ready for Music Majors

Monday, August 3, 2009

Kawai Master Piano Artisan Hidemi Okubo spent three days at West Georgia fine tuning five Shigeru Kawai grand pianos used for studies and performances by students and faculty in the Department of Music. Kawai Master Piano Artisan Hidemi Okubo spent three days at West Georgia fine tuning five Shigeru Kawai grand pianos used for studies and performances by students and faculty in the Department of Music.

Last year, West Georgia earned the distinction of becoming the first public university in the nation to be named a Kawai EPIC Institution. The university purchased 30 new Kawai pianos including five of the exclusive, hand-built Shigeru Kawai models.

Okubo spent hours with each of the Shigerus, adjusting the action, a process called regulation, and performing various maintenance procedures including voicing and tuning. He brought a proud tradition and a life’s work to the campus, a work he performed on concert instruments throughout Europe and Japan.

For more on the degree programs in the UWG Department of Music, go to http://www.westga.edu/music/.