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A 23,000-square-foot building will house Marist’s Music Department and provide multipurpose arts space.
T
his summer, the College will break ground on a 23,000-square-
foot building to house Marist’s robust Music Department and
the 18 vocal and instrumental ensembles active on campus. The
facility will also provide smaller-venue, multipurpose arts space.
Marist has more than 400 student musicians and as many as 600
students enrolled in music courses each semester. Music is not a
major at Marist, but minors are offered in instrumental and vocal
tracks.
The new building is part of a $27 million project that includes a
major renovation of Marist’s dining hall, the Nelly Goletti Theatre,
student activities space, and public areas of the Student Center that
are part of what was the College’s original Campus Center.
The dining hall in particular will change dramatically. Plans
call for a spectacular atrium, student lounges, and an area for quiet
dining and studying. Capacity will increase by 200 seats over current
facilities. An outdoor terrace will be created over a current loading
dock, taking advantage of Hudson River views. Robert A. M. Stern
Architects, whose founder is dean of the Yale School of Architecture,
designed Marist’s Hancock Center and is leading the latest projects.
The new music building is a dream come true for Arthur
Himmelberger, director of the Music Program, and those affiliated
with Marist who love music, including current students and several
thousand alumni musicians. All are part of what Himmelberger
calls “a family” who love music and challenge themselves to achieve
higher levels of musical excellence.
“Our music program provides and emphasizes worthwhile music
activities and academic offerings for students who don’t wish to
make a living at music,” says Himmelberger. “These nurtured skills
contribute to the musical vitality of
the College and remain with students,
to be used and enjoyed throughout
their lives.”
Leading the vision for music at
Marist is Dr. Dennis J. Murray. “When he became president in 1979,
there was no band or choir,” says Himmelberger. “Dr. Murray has
been very, very helpful and instrumental in our development. He
has been our greatest advocate.”
“We outgrew our current faci lities several years ago,”
Himmelberger says. “But the desire of our student musicians to
succeed, excel in their crafts, and provide audiences with quality
performances has superseded the facility obstacles they have faced
preparing their concert literature.” The building will feature major
rehearsal spaces for various bands, choirs, and orchestras. It will also
offer eight practice rooms, three classrooms, music faculty offices,
a piano lab, a computer lab, music library space, and storage for
instruments and large equipment.
Adjoining the east side of the College’s original Campus Center,
the three-level building will architecturally transform that part of
campus with a Hudson Valley modern gothic style in red brick and
grey stone.
The Music Department has grown significantly over the past few
years and in addition to supporting the ensembles offers students
from all majors classes in jazz, opera, music theory, piano instruction,
voice instruction, medieval and renaissance music, the history of
motion picture music, and music of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries,
among other subjects.
The music building is
part of a $27 million
project that includes
a major renovation of
Marist’s dining hall, the
Nelly Goletti Theatre,
student activities space,
and public areas of the
Student Center.
Next for Marist:
A New Academic Building
and a Complete Student
Center Renovation
$ 1 5 0 M i l l i o n a n d C o u n t i n g
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