ORLANDO — 90.7 WMFE’s Community Advisory Board selected Steinway Society of Central Florida to receive the latest round of Amplify Central Florida arts funding. The contest brought together fans of arts organizations across Central Florida to choose their favorites.

Steinway Society, celebrating its 12th anniversary this year, is a nonprofit organization that provides piano lessons, pianos and performance opportunities to disadvantaged students, primarily in elementary school.

“The Steinway Society of Central Florida is honored and thrilled to be recognized by 90.7 WMFE, a valued community institution in itself, in its Amplify Florida community support initiative, and thanks all who participated and voted,” Steinway Society founder and President Gary Grimes said.

“For 12 years, the Steinway Society of Central Florida’s mission has been to nourish the musical knowledge and artistic talents of disadvantaged youth and provide an opportunity for young piano students to work toward a higher level of excellence in their school work and personal lives. To fulfill that mission, the Society provides ongoing piano lessons in youth centers, in-school seminars, concerts, recitals and has awarded some 200 pianos to talented children. Our annual August fundraiser, ‘Divas in Concert with Michael Andrew’, provides critical support to that mission. We are grateful to WMFE for the chance to spread the word about it, and help provide the ‘gift of music’ to disadvantaged children.”

Thanks to all of the arts organizations who participated and everyone who voted. Learn more about local events by visiting WMFE’s Community Calendar!

Steinway Society of Central Florida will get $2,500 in free on-air and online messaging on 90.7 WMFE and sister station 89.5 WMFV.

Carla and Jonathan Medacier try out a piano awarded in a 2015 gifting while Steinway Society founders Gary Grimes (far right) and Kathy Grimes (far left) and the children’s parents look on. (Photo by C. Wonsavage)


Nine Students Recognized in Steinway Competition Regional Finals Aug. 27



Nine talented piano students from central Florida were awarded medals in the Steinway Piano Competition regional finals April 27 at Steinway Piano Galleries in Altamonte Springs. Students competed performing classical music selections in three divisions, based on age.


Division 3 (14-18 years) winners were: Catherine Du, 1st place; Elizabeth Sinn, 2nd place; and Amy Lao, 3rd place.


Division 2 (10-13 years old) winners were:  Matthew Phan, 1st place; Emanuel Zheng, 2nd place and Jithen Shryian, 3rd place.


Division 1 (ages 9 and under) winners were: Alejandro Gomez, 1st place; Alexandra Lang, 2nd place: and Dora Chen, 3rd place.


“We congratulate the winners and all the finalists for their hard work and talent,” said Steinway Society and Steinway Galleries President Gary Grimes. “It takes a great deal of work and dedication by students, their teachers and families to be part of this competition and we wish them well in their on-going development.”


Final round judges were Sean Kennard of Stetson University; Jasmin Arakawa of University of Florida and Jane Solose, Steinway Artist. Dr Yun-Ling Hsu of UCF and Solose judged the initial round. The event was directed by Gary Grimes, President Steinway Society and Steinway Galleries, and managed by Society education director Sylvia Ferguson and board member Beverly Mulligan. Preliminary rounds were April 6 with competitors from across central Florida entered based on recommendations from their piano teachers and Steinway Company competition rules.