BSU Department of Music Showcases Steinway Model B Grand Piano

Bemidji State’s Department of Music debuted their new Steinway Model B grand piano during a March 29 recital. The department welcomed the piano earlier this month thanks to a generous donation from Marilyn Vogel ’71 and Leland Wilkinson.

Three BSU students, Kaitlyn Huhta a junior from Sebeka, Minn. majoring in music education, Ben Larson, a senior from Solway, Minn. majoring in music and Angelica Novinger, a senior from Bemidji. Minn. majoring in music performed piano solos during the recital. Dr. Stephen Carlson, professor of music and chair of BSU’s Department of Music, also performed a solo and accompanied Dr. Cory Renbarger, associate professor of music and coordinator of applied voice.

Carlson says the piano illustrates the university’s commitment to performance art and the Department of Music.

“We want our students and faculty to have the best possible instruments on which to practice, rehearse and perform,” he said. “This piano should serve the university for the next half century.”


Bemidji State University, located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,100 students, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. The university’s Shared Fundamental Values include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and international and multicultural understanding. For more, visit or find us at BemidjiState on most of your favorite social media networks.


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