University UpdatesWinter/Spring 2021

Department of Music Receives Maestro Raymond Leppard’s Piano

Maestro Leppard’s piano (above right) in one of the music studios at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. The piano is nearly seven feet long.

The University of Indianapolis Department of Music is grateful for the generous gift of Maestro Raymond Leppard’s piano. Maestro Leppard’s partner, Dr. Jack Bloom, graciously donated the Yamaha Model C6 to the Department of Music for the benefit of students and faculty.

Maestro Leppard at the piano. Photo provided by Jack Bloom.

Maestro Leppard, who passed away in 2019, spent 25 seasons as the University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence. He received an honorary degree from the University in 1991 and an honorary alumni award in 2014. During his career at the University of Indianapolis, he conducted ensembles and held performances that showcased his talents as a pianist, harpsichordist, lecturer, composer, and arranger.

Maestro Leppard at The Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center in 2018.

“It’s a privilege to have this wonderful instrument and with two pianos in the studio. It makes teaching so much easier—especially during the pandemic—as both professor and student have their own instrument. It also provides faculty and student pianists with a rare opportunity to perform piano duos, something that Maestro Leppard, who was an excellent collaborative pianist, also enjoyed. Having his personal instrument at UIndy for students to play on is a continued reminder of his generosity towards the Department of Music,” said Elisabeth Hoegberg, chair of the Department of Music.