A beautiful Steinway grand piano appeared in Saint Mary's Chapel in June, a gift of two alumni— Dr. William Feaster MBA ’93 and Sandra Feaster MBA ’89 of Half Moon Bay. To inaugurate the instrument, a concert will be held in the Chapel on September 29 featuring faculty and student performances, including solo piano, voice and piano, cello and piano, small chamber music ensembles, a jazz trio and the SMC Chamber Singers and Glee Club. The concert will also be fundraiser to help the SMC choirs travel to Riga, Latvia, to compete in the Summer 2014 World Choir Games.
Music Professor Lino Rivera, a virtuoso pianist, said he was thrilled with the new Steinway. “Playing on an excellent instrument is like driving a Ferrari,” he said. “The piano responds to the most sensitive touch,” but when the music demands, it “gives a powerful thunderstorm.” He predicted “a heightened level of music performance” by both students and faculty.
The donors are ardent supporters of Saint Mary’s and Lasallian education. Dr. Feaster is the new chairman of the board of the Lasallian Education Fund, which supports poor and underserved youths at Lasallian schools, and the chief medical information officer at Children's Hospital of Orange County. Sandra Feaster, an SMC trustee, is the assistant dean for Immersive and Simulation-Based Learning and director of the Goodman Immersive Learning Center at Stanford’s Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge.