Terence Francis "Terry" Walsh, 62, the longtime senior piano technician and North American Tonmiester (sound master) for Steinway & Sons, died unexpectedly on April 24, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
In his acclaimed career, Walsh tuned for everyone from Billy Joel and Keith Emerson to the Pope, and was a highly-regarded artisan in the Steinway factory.
He initially served Steinway as retail service manager, responsible for overseeing and maintaining two hundred pianos at Steinway Hall in New York City, and overseeing a staff of 35 union and staff employees. Later, he was transferred to the Steinway factory in Long Island City and worked in the quality control and engineering department, overseeing factory quality control as well as helping to design and create Steinway's Restoration Center. From there, he moved to Steinway's famed selection room, preparing pianos for Steinway artists and institutions throughout the Americas. He also began teaching regulating, voicing and tone at Steinway's training institution. More recently, he was the final tone inspector which included technical training of other technicians in tuning and piano voicing.
After leaving Steinway & Sons, Walsh was employed at the James Madison University School of Music.
Surviving are his daughter, Victoria Kayla Castain and her husband, Patrick, of New York; a sister, Maureen Walsh of Florida; a brother, Bryan Walsh and his wife, Teresa, of Virginia; and two nephews, Andrew and Garrett Walsh.