As the owner of Artist Pianos, I hope your visit with us is fun and relaxed and that you enjoy being served by our professional and courteous staff. Representing STEINWAY & SONS is truly a dream come true for me, personally, because they are the finest pianos in the world and we have always strived to provide the best possible service to our customers. Our management team, Paul Jennings and Scott Schroeter, each have over 20 years experience serving every facet of the piano business. They take pride in their work and you can count on them to give you honest advice, with no pressure to buy, and thoughtful, professional service. Enjoy your visit and please let us know if there is anything we can do to improve your experience with us.
Jo Beth is proud to be one of the few women sole proprietors of piano stores in the country. Her business philosophy is simple: Treat every customer like a treasured guest in your home, and make certain that they leave happy. Jo Beth was recently recognized as a Steinway Premiere Dealer. Over the course of her career, she received the Yamaha Touchstone Award for excellence in customer service for 10 consecutive years and the Yamaha VIP Dealer award for overall excellence and community service for 3 consecutive years.
Scott has served as Technical Service Manager for all Artist Pianos locations since 1997 and as Manager of the Syracuse store since 2009. He received technical training from the Manhattan School of Music and later performed piano preparation for Baldwin's Concert and Artist Division in New York City. Scott holds some of the highest credentials in his field, having attended C. F. Theodore Steinway Academy as well as Yamaha University technical training.
Alex joined our technical service staff in 2014, performing new piano preparation, tuning, regulation, and action restoration. In addition to his private tuning clientele, he services the inventory for schools like SUNY Cortland. An accomplished bassist, Alex holds a degree in music from Onondaga Community College and performs regularly at area music venues. His keen musical ear and attention to detail makes him a valuable asset to Artist Pianos and an excellent resource for our clients.
A musician since 1984 and twice nominated for a local music award, Brian is a songwriter, guitarist, lyricist and arranger. With over a decade of electronics repair experience, Brian has transposed his repair skills to piano technology, preparation, maintenance and repair. A long-time friend and band mate of Scott Schroeter, he is a welcome addition to the Artist Pianos family.
In his long career Kenneth has been fortunate to tune for some famous musicians including Tony Bennett, James Taylor, Donnie Milsap, Don Henley, the Eagles, Barry Manilow, and many more. Kenneth graduated with two diplomas: a New York State Regents diploma and a Piano Tuning Certificate from the New York State School for the Blind in Batavia, New York. He has been a Craftsman member of the Piano Technicians Guild since 1967, and he was one of the Guild's original Certified Tuning Examiners.
Lana received her degree in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from the Moscow State Conservatory (P.I. Tchaikovsky) and was given highest honors qualifying her as an Education Specialist. A recipient of the STEINWAY TOP TEACHER designation, Lana is a member of the Central New York Association of Music Teachers and Teachers of Young Students in Syracuse (TOYSS). Her creative and versatile teaching process, using the latest materials and methods, is individualized based on age and ability, providing a well-rounded musical education.
Emery studied at SUNY Potsdam at the Crane School of Music and received her bachelor's degree in Music Industry from SUNY Oneonta. Talented in multiple instruments, she performed in All County/Area All State Bands, NYSSMA, piano recitals, and occasionally filling in as a pianist at various churches. Emery is looking forward to growing her studio at Artist Pianos and sharing her love and knowledge of music.
Joe draws on over 30 years of experience as a professional musician and uses the latest piano education technology to teach all styles of popular music, focusing on each student's favorite music. In order to offer maximum flexibility, Joe's gives one-hour lessons every other week, enabling students to accomplish more during the lesson and have more time to practice between lessons.
James has been teaching students of all ages for over 25 years. He received his Master of Music and Music Education from Syracuse University and did his post graduate work at the Eastman School of Music. James has served as president of the Central New York Association of Music Teachers, Suzuki Teachers and Teachers of Young Students. He is a New York State Certified teacher and is also certified by the Yamaha Corporation to present group instruction to senior adults.