Briley-Weaver Piano Dedication Service led by Maja Rajković and Dennis Krasnokutsy
On Sunday, November 6th, 2023, the Chowan University community gathered in the Chowan Chapel to witness the dedication of the Briley-Weaver Steinway piano. The grand event featured a captivating concert by renowned pianist Maja Rajkoviċ, accompanied by the talented Dennis Krasnokutsy on the viola.
The Briley-Weaver Steinway piano, a magnificent instrument of unparalleled beauty and craftsmanship from Hopper Piano and Organ Company in Raleigh, arrived at the chapel just days before its grand opening in September. Since then, it has become a cherished focal point of the sanctuary, enhancing the spiritual ambiance and enriching the musical experience for all who enter. Linda, along with friends of Chowan Jane Newsome, James Moore, John Tayloe and Keith Pendergraft, had traveled to the Steinway factory in New York to ensure that the piano for the chapel would encapsulate the modern setting of the sanctuary with timeless beauty. Chowan University’s own Dr. Mary Hellmann led the selection process at the Steinway showroom.
The audience was treated to an awe-inspiring performance by Maja Rajkoviċ, a world-renowned pianist known for her virtuosity and emotive interpretations. Her captivating melodies, skillfully accompanied by Dennis Krasnokutsy’s soulful viola, resonated throughout the chapel, leaving the audience spellbound. They presented a program, Spiritual Images, to highlight the beauty of this instrument, and to reflect on its place in this Chapel and the role that God plays in our lives.
Linda Briley Weaver, a devoted Trustee for over 20 years, has played a pivotal role in shaping the lives of countless students through her dedication to Chowan. Her parents, James and Nell Briley, were both pillars of the community, with James being a Board of Trustee member dedicated to maintaining Christian values. Following her father’s passing, Linda took his place as a Board of Trustee member to follow suit in service to the university. As the chair of the Student Affairs Committee and a member of the Executive Committee, Linda’s commitment to Chowan is unwavering. Additionally, she serves as the chair of the Friends of Teacher Education Board of Directors.
Beyond her involvement with Chowan, Linda’s heart for her community is evident. She actively contributes to the greater Henderson area through her membership at First Baptist Church Henderson, where she serves on various committees and has served as a Deacon. Linda has also been a dedicated member of the Board of ACTS since 1995, a member of the Women’s League of Henderson, and a volunteer with the American Red Cross.
The dedication of the Briley-Weaver Steinway piano marks a significant milestone for Chowan University. This extraordinary instrument will serve as a source of inspiration and a catalyst for artistic excellence for generations to come. Its presence in the Chowan Chapel is a testament to the university’s commitment to fostering a vibrant and enriching environment for both spiritual and musical growth.
Linda’s late husband, John Weaver, shared her belief in the power of community and education. Together, their families have left an indelible mark on their community, and this symbol of community and Christianity will keep a song in the hearts of many for decades to come.