Donated piano finds new home with VIU’s Jazz Music program

Jazz Studies Vagn Moore performs on the Heintzman grand piano donated by B. Ellesmere Hugh, joined by (l-r) Arts and Humanities Dean Ross Mackay, lawyer and Hugh family friend Rod Mont, and President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Ralph Nilson.

October 10, 2014 - 2:00pm

Music students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) can coax beautiful sounds from a classic grand piano generously donated by a Nanoose Bay family.

A Heintzman grand piano was delivered to VIU as a donation by B. Ellesmere Hugh, and is available to students in the Jazz Studies program for practice, rehearsal and performance.

“This is an amazing and very generous donation, and we are very grateful that the Hugh family thought of us when they decided to find a new home for this fine instrument,” said Bryan Stovell, chair and instructor in Jazz Studies.

A friend of the Hugh family, Nanaimo lawyer Rod Mont, made the suggestion to the Hughs to consider donating the piano to VIU when they moved from their home. Mont joined President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Ralph Nilson, Arts and Humanities Dean Ross Mackay and Stovell to welcome the new piano to VIU, and hear a few songs played by Jazz Music student Vagn Moore.

Moore is a second year Jazz Studies student from Quesnel, BC, focusing his studies on piano. He also plays alto saxophone and guitar, and looks forward to having access to the new grand piano.

“I’m really happy about the new piano and I really look forward to playing it during my remaining years at VIU,” he said.


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