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Chace Family Donates Baby Grand Piano to JCC

Jefferson Community College (JCC) Foundation is pleased to accept the donation of a baby grand piano, courtesy of Kathleen F. Chace of Lake Placid.

The vintage 1970’s Kawai baby grand piano made its debut in Sturtz Theater on Monday, May 9th at the student concert of Phuc ‘Brian’ Vo. It was upon hearing of Brian’s student concert from Steven B. Lester, an adjunct instructor of music for JCC’s music department, Kathleen felt moved to donate the piano to Jefferson. “I entrust this family heirloom to Jefferson’s care,” says Kathleen. “I hope that many pianists, young and mature, may find years of enjoyment and that JCC becomes a logical feeder school for the Crane School of Music and that Brian will thrive there.”

 The piano was originally owned by Kathleen Chace’s late stepfather, Frederick M. Supper, a notable musician, businessman and philanthropist of his time. The baby grand K-Kawai KG-2C was purchased in early 1970’s for the Supper’s Palm Beach, FL, house where many virtuosos played on it, including Bobby Short in the 1980’s, often accompanied by Mr. Supper on his trumpet.

The piano made its journey from Lake Placid, NY to its new home at Jefferson on April 26th accompanied by Mr. Lester, pictured with Kathleen Chace below. 

 

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Kathleen F. Chace of Lake Placid pictured in her home with Steven B. Lester, adjunct instructor of music, with the vintage 1970’s baby grand K-Kawai KG-2C piano donated to the Jefferson Community College Foundation and JCC’s Music Department by Ms. Chace.

 

 

 

 

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Left to Right: Steven Lester, adjunct instructor of music; Phuc ‘Brian’ Vo, JCC student; Lisa Scrivani-Tidd, professor of music; Carole McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College; Thomas Finch, vice president of academic affairs; and Lisa Familo, JCC Foundation executive director with the vintage 1970’s baby grand K-Kawai KG-2C piano donated to the Jefferson Community College Foundation and JCC’s Music Department by Ms. Chace.