Frank DeFonda sits at a Steinway model D piano in the store, which is Steinway's most expensive piano at about $150,000.
continued “Sixty percent of my work is going to be dedicated to [working with] colleges and universities and forty percent is retail,” DeFonda said.
DeFonda isn’t limiting himself to just colleges – last summer, he sold F-M High School its first Steinway piano. He had been discussing the possibility of making the F-M district an all- Steinway district with the high school’s choir teacher, David Brown. But after Brown departed for a job in Ithaca, the plans fell through.
Since the soft opening on March 6, DeFonda has hosted a number of recitals for area music teachers and their students. He hopes to hold recitals on a regular basis at the store and also has plans for piano workshops. He has over 1600 artists to choose from and already has a certain Steinway artist in mind for the first workshop, to be held in July.
The store is still waiting on a sign permit, which is why DeFonda hasn’t had a grand opening yet. But he’s crossing his fingers that it’ll come through during the next month and that he can hold it in the end of May.
The Steinway Piano Gallery of Central New York is located right next to Brueggers’ Bagels on the corner of Erie Boulevard East and Thompson Road in DeWitt. For more information, call 247-4307.