Gist Piano Center to Open Cincinnati Piano Store

It has certainly been an exciting Summer at Gist Piano Center! Almost immediately after our historic appointment as the exclusive Yamaha Piano dealership for Kentucky and Southern Indiana, we began scouting locations for a third retail store.

Several of our partners, including Roland Corporation and Yamaha, encouraged us to expand into Southern Ohio where our brand of client-focused retailing would be a welcomed change. We researched several locations and finally decided to anchor our Southern Ohio operations in Loveland, Ohio (a North-Eastern suburb of Cincinnati). From this location, we can reach out to schools, private piano teachers and musical families across the Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio area.MidWest Piano Outlet in Cincinnati, OH

The new store took several months to plan and we are very proud to announce that our new location – “MidWest Piano Outlet” will open with much fanfare on July 24, 2014. (Learn more about the opening piano sale here.)

Why MidWest Piano Outlet?

The Gist Leadership Team had several conversations about whether or not we wanted this new store to be called “Gist Piano Center.” We agreed that, in time, the Cincinnati store should have our corporate name. However, since the new facility would not offer print music, accessories or our famous “Partners In Education” program during its first year of business, we didn’t feel right about calling it “Gist Piano Center.” Instead, we partnered with the folks who ran our MidWest Piano Outlet mall sales around the area and opened our new store under their name.

Midwest Piano Outlet in Cincinnati, OHThe MidWest Piano Outlet location will serve as a distribution center for mall sales and special events. It will also be open to the public for limited hours during the week.

Just like Gist, MidWest Piano Outlet will feature Yamaha Pianos, Roland Digital Pianos, Kingsburg Pianos, and Knabe Pianos (with a variety of other instruments – new and used – that will cycle through from time to time). During the first year, as we work to develop the Cincinnati market, MidWest Piano Outlet will function as a retail outlet store – offering huge discounts on discontinued pianos, “scratch & dent” instruments, artist loaners and more. Clients who purchase an instrument from MidWest Piano Outlet will receive tuning and repair service from our full-time Cincinnati technician and delivery services from a number of local business partners.MidWest Piano Outlet in Cincinnati, OH

At a time when so many stores are downsizing, we feel very lucky to be in a growth phase at Gist Piano Center. Our focus on service – both to our clients and to our music communities as a whole – will continue to propel us to success in the years to come and we are deeply grateful to all of you who have linked arms with us to make this growth opportunity possible.

For more information on MidWest Piano Outlet, please visit the MWPO website by clicking here. Otherwise, find MidWest Piano Outlet on Facebook or Google+.


Gist Piano Center is Kentucky’s new Home for Yamaha Pianos

Since 1971, Gist Piano Center has been dedicated to three guiding principles:  to provide fine pianos at the best prices possible, to educate area families about the benefits of music making, and to introduce Kentuckiana piano teachers to new technologies that will enhance learning and inspire students of all ages.  In keeping with these principles, we are proud to announce that – as of April 3 – Gist Piano Center is Kentucky’s new home for Yamaha Pianos.

Yamaha Silent Pianos at Gist Piano Center

Have you ever tried a regular “wood and strings” piano with headphones?

One of the top 5 largest musical instrument companies in the World, Yamaha Corporation has a long history of piano innovation.  In the last decade alone, Yamaha has entirely reinvented itself, shedding the image of the “bright pop piano” and providing instruments with incredible range and depth.  In recent years, Yamaha has redefined the piano business, adding new instrument categories that meet the needs of today’s music students in ways no other manufacturer can.

  • In 2008, Yamaha purchased the Austrian piano maker, Bösendorfer, and began to integrate their warmth and depth into the Yamaha piano sound.
  • In 2009, Yamaha blurred the lines between acoustic pianos and digital pianos as they introduced the all-new AvantGrand hybrid pianos.
  • In 2011, Yamaha introduced new, handcrafted CF-Series Premium Pianos based on Bösendorfer designs and 11 years of feedback from World-Class performers.
  • In 2013, Yamaha released the entirely re-designed CX-Series pianos – replacing the popular C-Series with pianos of greater warmth, depth and resonance.
  • In 2014, Yamaha is introducing yet another category of piano – the TransAcoustic piano.  This instrument functions just like any acoustic piano, but – with the flip of a switch – it can transform its soundboard into a loudspeaker for the piano (and other digital sounds).

Considering Yamaha’s tremendous reputation with piano technicians, their track record of innovation and their dedication to music education around the World, we at Gist are happy to finally welcome this iconic company to our family.  We encourage you to visit us in Louisville or Lexington and spend some time exploring the All-New Yamaha.  You won’t believe how affordable “World-Class” can be.

Click here and Explore Yamaha Pianos at Gist Piano Center!


It’s been a cold winter, but that has not stopped people from wanting Frozen!

Released in theaters November, Frozen is just now making its ways to our homes in film as well as music. Frozen tells the story of Anna, Kristoff, and a crazy snowman named Olaf who are on quest to find Elsa, Anna’s sister. “Let it Go” and “Who Wants to Build a Snowman” are two of the favorite pieces from the film. Children of ALL ages have been flocking to our stores to get their own copy of Frozen so that they can learn and perform their favorite songs from the film.

Frozen from Hal Leonard Publishing

Frozen from Hal Leonard Publishing

A few different versions of Frozen are currently available from Hal Leonard Publishing – with more to come!

Frozen (Piano/Vocal/Guitar) – 00124307 – $16.99
Frozen has been called one of Disney’s greatest musicals of all time – high praise indeed] This souvenir songbook features 11 songs as penned by up-and-coming songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez plus color artwork from Disney’s newest release. Songs include: For the First Time in Forever * Frozen Heart * In Summer * Let It Go * Love Is an Open Door * Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People * and more.

Frozen (Easy Piano) – 00125506 – $14.99
11 easy piano arrangements from the smash Disney animated feature featuring music from up-and-coming songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Songs: Do You Want to Build a Snowman? * Fixer Upper * For the First Time in Forever * For the First Time in Forever (Reprise) * Frozen Heart * Heimr Arnadalr * In Summer * Let It Go * Love Is an Open Door * Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People * Vuelie.

Gist Piano Academy student, Lydia Belcher, performs "Let it Go" with teacher Nathan Stites at Gist's Hollywood Nights!

Gist Piano Academy student, Lydia Belcher, performs “Let it Go” with teacher Nathan Stites at Gist’s Hollywood Nights!

Frozen (Big Note) – 00126105 – $12.99
Frozen (E-Z Play) – 00126895 – $9.99
Frozen, Tangled, and Enchanted – 0012896 – COMING SOON
Frozen, Vol. 128 (with Online Audio) – 00126480 – $14.99

Order your personal copy today.  CLICK HERE and enter promo code FROZENPIANO to receive 10% off your order!


Gist Piano Center is currently a$RL9TDBGccepting resumes for a part-time position at our Lexington location.

This job opportunity will offer our new associate the opportunity to participate in off-site clinics, in-store workshops and special events. (S)he will also participate in providing press releases to local media, assist in maintaining print music inventories and coordinating with piano teachers in the Gist Piano Academy. Ideally, the interested candidate should have an interest in piano, music, and have prior sales experience.

Interested in joining the team?  Email a cover letter and resume in PDF form to Heather Hamilton at

A full job description can be found here.


Gist Piano Center to Host Dr. Joseph Akins and Philip Wesley for PIE Appreciation Days

Dr. Joseph Akins

Based in Nashville, pianist-composer, Dr. Joseph Akins, blends his Southern roots with a variety of musical styles.

In appreciation for members of our renowned Partners In Education (PIE) program, Gist Piano Center will host a pair of master classes and concerts with noted Nashville musicians Dr. Joseph Akins and Philip Wesley. The events will take place at Gist Piano Center in Louisville on Friday, September 6th and at Gist Piano Center Lexington on Friday, September 7th.

At 5pm on each day, Akins and Wesley, will present a workshop on practice, performance, and creativity at the piano. At 7pm on each day, the duo will perform a lively piano concert. General admission for each event is $10, but PIE Members will receive FREE admission to all events. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Additional tickets may be available at the door if the shows do not sell out in advance. Continue reading