UPDATE: News 10 Now is also now reporting on the incident, but with no new details.
More than 60 pianos were damaged last night in the first floor practice rooms in the Whalen School of Music, according to Dave Maley, associate director of Media Relations.
Maley said officers were notified about the vandalism around 9 a.m. today and responded immediately.
Today, sophomore Andrew Thomson, a composition and instrumental major, said he went into the first floor of the Whalen Center to retrieve some equipment and found damaged equipment in all of the practice rooms.
“Two or three [pianos] were flipped completely over,” he said. “Most were up against the doors somehow.”
Thomson said the front sound panels and music racks were pulled off and most of the baby grand pianos were damaged.
Thomson said the damage comes before finals and juries — final playing exams — which start tomorrow.
“It’s perfect timing,” Thomson said. “It’s wreaking havoc.”
The New York State Police were also called to assist in the crime scene investigation.
Maley said the extent of damage varies from piano to piano. He said assessments are still taking place but there is “significant dollar damage.”
At 9 p.m. tonight there will be a candlelight vigil by the clock in the academic quad to support the music school. Students are asked to bring their own candles.
Thomson said the incident upset him.
“You talk to any music major about this and we all feel like there has been some horrific murder here,” Thomson said. “We are all waiting for information for now.”
If anyone has any information about the vandalism, please contact Public Safety at 274-3333.