The BYU School of Music prides itself on assembling and maintaining a collection of the world’s finest pianos for the edification of our students and faculty.
The BYU Piano Shop has the responsibility to oversee the care and maintenance of more than one hundred and sixty pianos in the School of Music. Each piano is tuned and serviced at least six times a year—with teaching studios, classrooms, and recital venues receiving significantly more attention. Pianos in the concert halls are maintained at an optimal level, at times being tuned daily to meet the rigorous demands of the concert artist.
Full Time Technicians
Rick Baldassin enjoys a distinguished career in virtually all segments of the piano industry, spanning nearly four decades. As an accomplished musician with a particular interest in technology, he earned a BM in Music Performance from Brigham Young University, where he also completed the Piano Technology training program. Following his formal education, Rick received additional training in factory and concert and artist programs conducted by Fazioli, Steinway, Yamaha, and Baldwin.
He achieved prominence early in his career as the Chief Concert Piano Technician for the Utah Symphony Orchestra & Opera, and the University of Utah. Rick was chosen to become the senior technical and teaching consultant for Renner USA in 1989. With his unique teaching skills and wide experience, he became a much sought after instructor, teaching at conventions and seminars throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan, Russia, Korea, and Indonesia. He has also taught training seminars for Renner Germany in Moscow and Tokyo. Rick also created the curriculum and serves as the head instructor for the Renner Academy.
In 2000, Rick was selected by Fazioli to become their Technical Support Director for North America, and has taught the Fazioli Factory Concert Training Seminar since that time, including seminars in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the United States.
The Piano Technician’s Guild recruited him early on to become the Assistant Technical Editor and Tuning Editor for the Piano Technicians Journal. His contributions to the industry and PTG have earned him many awards, including Member of Note in 1991, Hall of Fame in 1999, James H. Burton Award in 2007, and the industry’s highest honor, the Golden Hammer Award, in 2014.
Jason Cassel currently serves as a Piano Technician for the Brigham Young University School of Music. He graduated with his MA in Piano Technology from Florida State University and earned his BM in Commercial Music from BYU. Jason has served as a Senior Piano Technician for the Aspen Music Festival, and received training at the Steinway & Sons Factory in New York, the Mason & Hamlin Factory in Boston, Yamaha Pianos in California and from Renner USA.
Jason is a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild and a member of the Master Piano Technicians of America. His publications include over two dozen articles, an eBook on harpsichord maintenance, and five instructional DVDs on aural tuning.