A committee, led by OSU President Emeritus John Byrne, was formed to raise funds for the purchase of a new Steinway model D concert grand piano for Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center.
The new piano was purchased with the raised funds and money received by the trade-in of OSU’s Boesendorfer piano. An endowment fund for continued maintenance of the new Steinway was established.
On September 17, 2006, a donor dedication of the piano was held featuring a recital by pianists Rachelle McCabe, Shirley Byrne, Rebecca Jeffers, and Angela Carlson.
On September 24, 2006 a free Dedication Concert, featuring Craig Sheppard, launched the Steinway Piano Series for 2006-2007 with partial support from Steinway.
The Steinway Piano Series continued in the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons with partial support from the OSU Piano Activities Fund.
During the summer a committee led by John Byrne decided to continue with the Steinway Piano Series as a financially self-supporting program.
In September, the organization Corvallis-OSU Piano International was officially formed.
The Steinway Piano Series continued for the 2009-2010 season under the direction of Corvallis-OSU Piano International.
The IRS approved our official status as a 501(c)(3) organization.
Corvallis-OSU Piano International became a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
In August, Corvallis–OSU Piano International held the first Jazz in the Valley event, featuring Billy Childs.
In February, the first lecture/concert was held featuring Paul Roberts.
In October, the first children’s program was held at the Corvallis Public Library featuring Jacques Després. This was co-sponsored by the library and Friends of the Library.
Corvallis-OSU Piano International joined with the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, the Linn-Benton Chapter of the Oregon Music Teachers Association and OSU Piano Activities Fund to present three days of children’s programs, concerts and lectures called Keyboard Kaleidoscope, April 10-11, 2014, and Steinway Day, April 12, 2014. The feature presentation of Steinway Day was a lecture on “The Making of a Steinway” by Susan Kenagy of Steinway & Sons, New York.