Fred is a graduate of Kean University, holding a B.A. in Business Management. It wasn’t until High School that Fred began working with his father Otto in the Elizabeth showroom after and during school breaks in 1985, even though he grew up in the industry Otto made sure Fred learned every aspect of the business while completing his education so he could take his father’s place.
As a loving father Fred understands the challenges of getting small children to sit and practice piano with so many other options and activities to choose from. Studies have shown children that learn piano generally score higher in school because they have a better ability to focus.
Fred’s life outside of Altenburg Piano House includes bodybuilding, boating, trail bike rides, community events and various family activities.
Maia was in the mortgage industry for well over 15 years before her high school sweetheart found her on Facebook…that sweetheart just so happened to be none other than Frederick Altenburg. Theirs is a love story fit for a paperback novel. After a few years of dating the family brought her on board at Altenburg Piano House. Being a fast learner, she has learned much along the way from the Altenburg family and directly from various piano manufacturer’s.
In Maia’s free time she enjoys gourmet cooking, anything she can sign up for with the PTA, refurbishing old objects, swimming, trail bike riding, community events and family time.
Don began in the piano business when he started working directly with Otto back in 1982. From a service call to polishing a piano, moving a piano, answering just about any question pertaining to a piano or a church organ and occasionally selling a piano, delivering and installing a church organ, Don is all hands on deck.
Don is a devoted husband and father. He met his wife, the daughter of another long time Altenburg employee who has since past. When Don isn’t working he enjoys being a master at BBQ grilling, he is an avid animal lover and competes in charity marathon.
“Piano Al” has been with Altenburg Piano since 1979. Al began working for Fred’s grandmother Jeanette. He has been working with pianos and church organs longer than most piano stores have been in business.
Al is a bit old school, he prefers to read paper maps instead of dealing with a GPS and will not let go of his flip phone. Al often gushes about his family events of the weekend first thing Monday mornings. He is a dedicated member of his local Elks and aides them with every charity event he can while also volunteering his time to help around the lodge.
Nancy was selling sheet music at Altenburg Piano House part-time while she attended art school in Manhattan. Many of Nancy’s oils along with other family member’s paintings adorn the walls of the showroom. Otto Altenburg began courting Nancy and they ended up marrying. Nancy raised their four children while maintaining a position at Altenburg’s and continuing to further her education obtaining a Masters in Psychology from Kean University.
Mrs. Altenburg may be retired from coming into the store every day, but she still keeps tabs on everything and enjoys hearing about the daily happenings. She continues to paint and not only enjoys being a grandma to all of her grandchildren, but is currently enjoying the role of great grandma too.
Max is the finest Greeter Altenburg Piano House has ever had. He began only a short while ago. Max happily shares his toys and entertains other children while their parents shop for a piano. His duties include carrying benches to the delivery truck, helping his Dad shovel snow and writing his name all over everyone’s desk blotters. Max says his favorite school subjects are “Gym and Lunchtime”.
Max is a lifetime member of the AACA and often travels to many of their events with his Pop-Pop.