Chancellor’s House and Steinway & Sons Partner to Put the Spiro on Stage

Friday, November 11th, 2016 | Releases

Chancellor’s House will be the first hotel in North America to feature a Spirio piano

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – One of the hotel industry’s most distinguished design firms, Wilson Associates, drew the renderings for the new Chancellor’s House hotel. When the Chancellor’s House Management Group saw that the drawings included a grand piano in the lobby, they immediately knew that it had to be a Steinway.

The luxury boutique hotel opens soon in Oxford, Mississippi, and Chancellor’s House aims to set the standard for luxurious lodging. They have selected only the finest amenities from furnishings to linens, and their dedication to service will be unparalleled. For a hotel that plans to surpass all others in luxury, the only choice was a Steinway, a brand that has a history of the producing the very best pianos in both quality and refinement. On October 5th in Steinway’s Manhattan showroom, executives from both Steinway & Sons and Chancellor’s House came together to celebrate their mutual commitment to quality for a reveal event for Chancellor’s House. Just as the beautiful and luxurious lobby of the Chancellor’s House will be the perfect stage for the Spirio, Steinway Hall was the perfect stage to launch the new line of luxury boutique hotels. The displays featured amenities that will be staples of the Chancellor’s House brand, such as a bed made up with Egyptian cotton linens, a sampling of James Heeley bath products, and champagne served in the Chancellor’s House signature silver julep cups.

Actors dressed as members of the Chancellor’s House staff, outfitted in custom uniforms from Top Hat Imagewear, passed samplings of Executive Chef Joshua Stetson’s menu for the new Chancellor’s Grill. Steinway Artist Simon Mulligan played the Spiro for the media in attendance, Gershwin, Beethoven, and some contemporary work, and then the Spirio wowed the crowd by playing back Mulligan’s work note for note.

According to Michael Donoghue, Managing Director of the Chancellor’s House Management group, “We are especially pleased to introduce the Steinway Spirio Symposium. To be held February 5, 6, and 7 at the new Chancellor’s House hotel in Oxford, Mississippi, the first Steinway Spirio Symposium will feature:

  • The Chamber Quartet from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
  • A lecture presented by Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s artistic director, Crafton Beck
  • A lecture and film presented by Jim Hoover, Steinway & Sons Historian
  • Lectures and entertainment through the University of Mississippi Music Department
  • A lecture from Executive Director Lester Senter of the Wideman International Piano Competition and participation from international competition winners
  • The Faure Quartet in a live performance at the Gertrude Ford Performing Arts Center on the University of Mississippi campus
  • Formal lunches and dinners

This three-day symposium will offer like-minded patrons of the arts from around the country an opportunity to enjoy the luxury of Chancellor’s House while engaging in educational programs and conversations with artists to learn more about the music that they love.

Executives from both Steinway & Sons and Chancellor’s House were on hand enjoying the event, and Steinway & Sons Senior Vice President Eric Feidner who said, “I extend sincere congratulations to Chancellor’s House on their decision to place a Steinway Spirio in the hotel’s exquisite lobby. We are thrilled to be a part of this innovative and elegant new project. The inclusion of Spirio in the living room will bring the sounds of the world’s finest piano to all who enter Chancellor’s House. We’re very proud to partner with a brand that shares our commitment to quality, integrity, and artistry.”

Michael Donoghue, Managing Director of the Chancellor’s House Management Group said, “We want the best of everything at Chancellor’s House to live up to our tagline, Setting the standard for luxurious lodging. Steinway, of course, is the piano that sets the standard for the finest symphonies and pianists in the world. We are so pleased that Steinway and Sons is hosting us here at Steinway Hall, and that they are allowing us to feature their brand at Chancellor’s House.”

Then Jim Hoover, Director of Hospitality Sales at Steinway & Sons praised Chancellor’s House for featuring a Spirio, and mentioned how pleased Steinway & Sons was that the Spirio would be presented on such a lovely stage at the center of the hotel. He also commented on how he is looking forward to his participation in the first Steinway Symposium to be held next year at Chancellor’s House. Hoover said, “Steinway & Sons has a long history of working with the very finest luxury hotels in the world. It is great to see that tradition continue with Chancellor’s House – and also to begin a new tradition with Spirio.”

Cindy Miles, Senior Vice President of Operations said, “Top Hat Imagewear knew the uniforms had to be classic and refined to reflect the essence of the hotel. Working with iconic properties such as the Plaza, Waldorf Astoria, and St. Regis, Top Hat is very proud of the formal look created for Chancellor’s House and thrilled to include them in their list of esteemed clients.

Since 1853, Steinway pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty, and investment value. Because of a dedication to continuous improvement, today’s Steinway remains the choice of 9 out of 10 concert artists, and it is the preferred piano of countless musicians, professional and amateur, throughout the world. For more information, visit

The new luxury boutique hotel in Oxford, Mississippi, Chancellor’s House features a combination of 31 rooms and suites. Chancellor’s House aims for an unprecedented level of hospitality and elegance. With every detail designed to provide guests a luxurious and elegant experience, the hotel features a New York-style grille, a fullservice spa, and pet-friendly amenities such as dog-walkers and custom pet beds. For more information, visit

Concert pianist, jazz pianist, composer, tea-drinker, proud Dad, Beethoven fiend, Marmite addict, amateur wine-bore, collector of too much stuff, British pianist Simon Mulligan has been described by The Times of London as ‘the most abundantly gifted of pianists’, by Yehudi Menuhin as ‘one of the finest pianists I have ever had the pleasure of performing with’ and by Herbie Hancock as ‘phenomenal’. Following his début with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon has performed and recorded with the BBC Symphony, for President Barack Obama, Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, and has collaborated with Dame Shirley Bassey, Branford Marsalis, Liza Minnelli, Van Morrison, and Sting. For more information, visit

Top Hat Imagewear is a family-owned and operated domestic clothing manufacturer, specializing in custom Uniforms and tailored clothing for the Hospitality and Entertainment Industries. It began as a mom and pop retail storefront founded in 1923, and located in Hempstead, New York. It originally specialized in tuxedo rentals and custom tailoring, entirely made in-house, where their garments are still produced today. Over more than 90 years in business, Top Hat has pioneered its way through the manufacturing and fashion industries; growing not only in size, but in their ability to outfit a wider variety of markets within the hospitality and entertainment industries. For more information, visit