Music Students to Get New Practice Space

Posted: July 20, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

Photo by Evan Cantwell

The Music Department is raising the roof this summer—literally. Construction has begun on the structure that will house 15 new practice rooms in the courtyard of the Performing Arts Building.

With more than 300 students majoring in music, rehearsal space in the Performing Arts Building has always been at a premium. It is not uncommon to find students rehearsing in stairwells and open areas throughout the building. Even those students who are able to secure a practice room aren’t always able to find the peace and quiet they require because the practice rooms currently available are not completely soundproof.

The new modular practice rooms promise that isolation. And although they are modular units, Dan Hobson, production manager of the Arts Support Umbrella of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, says they will be permanent additions to the facility. The sound-isolated practice rooms, manufactured by the Wenger Corporation, are self-contained and contain high-grade acoustical insulation. They can be installed with space between units, thereby ensuring silence.

Eleven of the practice rooms are roughly 9 x 14 feet. Four are larger studios, about 14 x 17 feet. The modules are expected to arrive in mid-August; the final completion of practice space is expected in late October.

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