School of Music
Hockett Donates Steinway
A new Steinway concert grand piano—the most recent gift by longtime Ithaca College School of Music supporter and professor emerita of mathematics Shirley Hockett (left)—was dedicated at a free concert in October. The recital featured performances by members of Hockett’s accomplished family, with assistance from two faculty musicians.
The Weiss Family Players—composed of Abraham Weiss (bassoon), his brother, David Weiss (oboe), and David’s wife Alpha Hockett Walker (piano)—joined clarinetist Richard Faria and hornist Alex Shuhan in a program of music featuring the world premiere of Dana Professor of Music Dana Wilson’s Sound Travels. The concert included music by Mozart and Poulenc, a set of pieces for musical saw performed by David Weiss, and a sonata for oboe and piano composed by Chas Hockett, late husband of Shirley.
“The piano faculty, along with Shirley Hockett, piano technician Donald McKechnie, and I, selected the new Steinway model D concert grand piano,” says music school dean Arthur Ostrander. “We traveled to the Steinway factory in
Ostrander added that the Hocketts’ generosity to the
Husband and wife team David Weiss and Alpha Hockett Walker began performing together in 1982. David is a faculty member at the