Kennesaw State arts dean named “International Steinway Artist”

Meeks joins company of some of the world's most noted pianists‚ including Irving Berlin‚ Cole…

Georgia (Nov 25, 2008) — Kennesaw State arts dean named “International Steinway Artist”

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Kennesaw State arts dean named “International Steinway Artist”

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Nov. 25‚ 2008)—Joseph Meeks‚ dean of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University‚ has been named an International Steinway Artist‚ by the legendary piano maker Steinway & Sons. He was presented the honor during the university’s All−Steinway Celebration concert on Nov. 15 in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.

The International Roster of Steinway Artists includes many of the most prestigious pianists of the last 150 years‚ such as Irving Berlin‚ Cole Porter‚ Sergei Rachmaninoff and Arthur Rubinstein. Contemporary performers on the list include Lang Lang‚ Diana Krall and Billy Joel.

“I never would have thought this recognition would have been possible for me‚” Meeks said. “I am deeply moved by this honor.”

Meeks‚ who has served on the KSU faculty for nearly 40 years‚ is a concert pianist who began playing as a young child. He won numerous piano competitions and graduated from high school early after winning the Walter Spry Memorial Piano Scholarship to study at Converse College School of Music in South Carolina.

Meeks earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Fine Arts degrees in piano performance from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music degree from Georgia State University. He completed additional studies at Yale University and the Mozarteum in Salzburg‚ Austria‚ where he was selected to perform in an international concert during the Salzburg Music Festival.

In recent years‚ Meeks has been honored as a Lexus Leader of the Arts. He also received the Coca−Cola Lifetime Achievement Award for Arts Leadership at the 2000 Abby Awards in Atlanta.

During the Nov. 15. concert at which he was honored‚ Meeks performed works by Barber‚ Bach and Poulenc. The concert was planned to celebrate the university's designation as an All−Steinway School‚ which places KSU among top music schools including Yale‚ Juilliard and Oberlin. The designation was made possible by the purchase of 27 pianos by Atlanta philanthropist Dr. Bobbie Bailey. Bailey also donated $1.75 million last year to name the university’s new music performance center.

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Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.


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