The Berkshire Community College (BCC) Foundation, on behalf of the college, has received the donation of a baby grand piano from the estate of Dr. Armand V. Feigenbaum and the late Donald S. Feigenbaum of Pittsfield.
The 1925 Hardman piano will reside in BCC's Koussevitzky Arts Center in room K111 and will be utilized by
the Fine & Performing Arts Department for small recitals, concerts and other performing arts presentations.
Dr. Ellen Kennedy, president of BCC shared, "The Feigenbaums have been pillars of our community and have contributed generously to organizations to strengthen their beloved hometown. I am honored to receive this gift for the college, and for other gifts received in the past, which have been bestowed on the college by these remarkable individuals. The piano will strengthen our Music and Theatre Program and positively influence the lives of BCC students for years to come."
The Feigenbaum brothers are known worldwide for their management style and leadership strategy designed to accelerate the competitive business strengths of many of the leading manufacturing and service companies throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Armand Feigenbaum, president and chief executive officer of General Systems Company in Pittsfield, is the originator of Total Quality Control, the approach to quality and profitability that has profoundly influenced management strategy for business growth and success in intensely competitive markets.
The late Donald Feigenbaum, who passed away in March of 2013 at the age of 87, had served as chief operating officer and executive vice president of General Systems Company.
The brothers penned several books on management style and leadership, most recently the 2009 titled, "The Power of Management Innovation."
Prior to the donation of the piano, the Feigenbaum brothers established a generous endowed scholarship which has aided numerous students over many years, and have been regular contributors to BCC's Annual Fund Campaigns.
"This piano donation is particularly meaningful knowing that it has been in the Feigenbaum family since 1926 and that it brought great joy to Donald and Armand for many years," stated Jeff Doscher, executive director of the BCC Foundation.
For more information about planning a gift to BCC, call the Foundation's Development Office at 413-236-2185.