Morristown, N.J. (February 4, 2014) – The sweet sound of music will continue on the College of Saint Elizabeth campus for years to come, thanks to the generosity of an alumna, Mafalda Mainieri Faillace, '60, who now resides in League City, TX. She is donating five new Yamaha practice pianos, paying to refurbish two antique Steinways (one from 1891 and another from 1930) and endowing the Elizabeth singers forever.
"Last fall, after reading The New York Times article, "Is Music the Key to Success?" by Joanne Lipman, I knew there must be something I could do for the College of Saint Elizabeth to make a difference in the lives of CSE students," said Faillace. "So, I contacted the development office. There was a list of possibilities and I chose to help the music program."
"I've always loved music," said Faillace. "As a freshman, I took my first piano lessons from Sr. Rosalita Hyland and participated in the spring recital. The problem was I remembered everything I played, and never really learned to read the music so I didn't continue. Sr. Rosalita was very disappointed."
"I'm very grateful that I am able to make this contribution to my alma mater," she added. "I have fond memories of the time I spent on campus, the many Sisters who cared about me and befriended me and the wisdom and kindness of Father Leonard Cassell, OSB. This is my thank you to them."
The campus and music program will benefit from her generosity. "We cannot thank Mafalda enough for making this a very happy new year for our music students, the faculty and the College in general, " said Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D., chairperson of the Art and Music Programs at CSE. "We will now have superior instruments to train our students as well as concert quality pianos available for our advanced students and the guest artists and orchestras who are part of our cultural offerings for the campus and community."