Promoting Great Music in New England
The Steinway Society of Massachusetts is a not-for-profit organization committed to encouraging young piano students and to foster an appreciation of piano music among the general public. The Society provides opportunities for pianists and other musicians to meet and perform in order to further their art.
Each year our society hosts a piano competition for local youth pianists, ranging from Grade 3 to Grade 12. The competition, held at M. Steinert & Sons, showcases the tremendous talents of both the pianists and those piano teachers from whom they have learned.
Board of Directors
Brendan Murphy is the fourth generation of the Murphy family to work for M. Steinert & Sons. He began his career part-time in the refinishing and maintenance departments under foreman James Maggio before joining the Institutional Department full time in 2006. Brendan was promoted to Vice President in May of 2014. Formerly a salesperson for an educational travel company, Brendan has extensive experience working with teachers and school administrators on planning and executing successful fundraising programs. Brendan’s passion for music and music education prompted his appointment as Director of the Steinway Society of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization founded to help promote piano music and education in the Bay State. Brendan was voted on to the Board of Overseers at Boston Conservatory in 2015.
Steve Dawe joined M. Steinert & Sons in 2003 after serving as Vice President of Omirel Corporation and President of Orion, Inc. An accomplished musician, Steve attended the New England Conservatory of Music to study piano technology, and apprenticed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. He serves as a Director of the Steinway Society of Massachusetts.
Jerome Murphy began his involvement with M. Steinert & Sons as a child riding a piano dolly around the shop during visits to see Dad and Pa and Uncle Jerome at work. Summers during college found him back in the rebuilding department, up to his elbows doing the dirty jobs in the finishing shop, then onward to repairing soundboards, installing new pinblocks and strings and working on action rebuilding.
He holds a BA from The College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from Rutgers University. He became a CPA in Massachusetts and worked as an auditor for the firm of Arthur Andersen & Co. for five years. The lure of working with pianos and family brought him back to M. Steinert & Sons in 1978, where his present title is Treasurer. In recent years, his mechanical interests and IT ability led him to become a certified installer of electronic player piano systems.
He continues to indulge his passion for things mechanical in maintaining his 1967 Morgan Plus 4 roadster and a 1967 Tripp 22 fishing boat. He can often be seen greeting the dawn on the Charles River, sculling in his mahogany single shell by King Boatworks, with its hand rubbed satin finish worthy of a Steinway.