Ryan W. Sowers,
Piano Touch & Tone Expert
Specializing in Steinway & Sons fine pianos
Last updated: May 2016
Email: email@example.com Phone: (360) 705-4160 or (800) 972-8863
Although we specialize in bringing out the best potential of fine pianos, we also work on many modest instruments as well. We believe that even small, inexpensive pianos have musical potential that can be realized with the proper technique and workmanship. Another of our strongly-held beliefs is that children and beginners deserve good-playing instruments. Learning to play piano is a challenging enterprise. The additional stumbling block of a piano with unpleasant and uneven touch and tone can sabotage even motivated students. We also recognize that every piano owner’s needs and expectations are unique. We strive to use our time in the most efficient manner possible to meet our client’s needs to the best of our abilities. We endeavor to build partnerships with our clients in order to best realize their musical dreams.
Over 35 years of piano playing experience
1996-Present Owner, Pianova Piano Service, Olympia WA
1998 Worked for Michael Reiter,
1997 Worked for Snyder’s Piano Service, Bonny Lake, WA
1995 Worked for Grace Piano Service, Olympia, WA
2013 Attended the Steinway College and University Technician Seminar at Oberlin Conservatory.
2013 Spent one week at the Rappaport Piano Workshop, in Round Rock, TX. The Rappaports received formal piano building training in Germany and worked for Bechstein & Bosendorfer. They are considered among the top piano rebuilders in the United States.
2012 Completed the fourth five-day “Concert Prep” Seminar and the final three-day “Polishing and Touch-up” Seminar at the Steinway & Sons factory in New York City.
2011 Completed third five-day “Damper Seminar” at the Steinway & Sons factory
2010 Completed second five-day “Voicing Seminar” at Steinway & Sons factory.
2009 Completed the five-day “Comprehensive Piano Service Seminar” at the C. F. Theodore Steinway Academy conducted at the Steinway & Sons Factory, Long Island City, New York.
with Darrel Fandrich,
1998 Attended Yamaha’s technician training program at Yamaha North American Headquarters, Los Angeles, California.
1992-1994 Apprenticed with Mitch Kiel,
1993 Graduated from The Evergreen State College with credits in piano technology.
Ryan is currently the technician for the following organizations and institutions:
North Thurston School District
Shelton School District
Olympia School District
Tumwater School District
Ryan is trusted to do warranty service for the following piano dealers:
2015-present District IV Vice President of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, an affiliate of MTNA
2015-present Regional Tuning Exam Administrator, Pacific Northwest Region, Piano Technicians Guild
2012-2013 President of Olympia Music Teachers Association
2011-2012 President Elect of the Olympia Music Teachers Association
2011 Director, Piano Technicians Guild Annual Technical Institute
2009-2011 Member of National Institute Team for the Piano Technicians Guild Annual Conference
2006-2008 Vice-President of the Puget Sound Chapter of
1994-present Registered Member of the Piano Technicians Guild
1997-present Active in administering the Piano Technicians Guild Tuning Exam
2000-2003 President of the Pacific Northwest
President of the Puget Sound Chapter of
Vice-president of Puget Sound Chapter of
1996 Member, National Ethics Committee,
1992-1994 Associate (apprentice) member of
Ryan believes in the power of continuing education!
Ryan has also taught classes on piano technology at the local and regional level. In 2010 he presented a well-received program on piano tuning self-study for the New York chapter of PTG at Faust Harrison Pianos.