Ithacan Reports: More than 60 pianos vandalized in Whalen School of Music

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UPDATE: News 10 Now is also now reporting on the incident, but with no new details.

The IthacanThis story was posted on The Ithacan just as I was posting my first post (by Gillian Smith, Staff Writer):

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.

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  • Jane says:

    Hi Zack,
    I happened upon your blog and liked it. So sorry to hear about the vandalism of pianos …heard about it on Twitter.My first thought was to try and get the online community to chip in their coins to try and help.  But then I realized the Univ. is  covered by insurance. I know it’s devastating to all the music majors in particular. And in my book, we need more people sensitive enough to want to pursue music as a career..or a hobby. Some of my life, it was my career. Now it’s my hobby/career. I don’t know if you like jazz, but that’s me. I’m trying to connect with as many people as possible online who might be interested, because I have hopes of starting a blog soon to try and help newbie musicians, and other career musicians, find a way to get to the next level in their careers. None of this was available to me when I started. You might possibly know my name today if there had been some clear advice available to me except, “better stick to something you know.” The implication? You’ll never be able to make a living at THAT! And, in fact, I haven’t. But I’m still performing whenever I can, and I’ve learned a lot that might help someone else. That’s what my blog will be about. I hope you won’t mind my putting you on my contact list when I’m online with my blog. If you have a way for your readers to get updates, I’ll certainly sign up today. It’s always good to talk music.

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  • ann says:

    how have you protected your pianos since? we’ve just been given two great new pianos for our college and are afraid vandals will wreck them within a month. is there a cage you know of that wd help protect these instruments?
    please advise.
    best,
    ann

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