The Walter Piston Society

What is the Walter Piston Society?
Established in 1987 and named for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and noted musician Walter Piston, the Piston Society recognizes and honors those who have provided for the future of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, or Tanglewood through one of a variety of irrevocable deferred gifts, or by including the BSO in their long-term plans.
Members of the Walter Piston Society are offered a variety of benefits, including invitations to events, lectures, and seminars in Boston and at Tanglewood. In addition, with a member's approval, Walter Piston Society members are recognized in program books and the BSO's annual report.

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[Walter Piston]About Walter Piston
Walter Piston (1894-1976), who endowed the Principal Flute Chair with a bequest, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and noted musician. After studying under Georges Longy, he graduated from Harvard and became Chair of Harvard's School of Music. Mr. Piston played piano, violin, flute, saxophone, viola and percussion. He wrote four books on music theory that are acknowledged classics, and his notable students included Leonard Bernstein. Late in life, the French government bestowed on Mr. Piston the Officer de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.