Curators Approve New School of Music Building
The University of Missouri Board of Curators today approved plans to construct a new School of Music building on the Columbia campus. The board’s action allows Phase 1 of the project to move forward; fundraising will continue toward Phase 2 of the overall plan, which includes a 500-seat concert hall.
Originally built in the 1960s, the Fine Arts Building currently houses the School of Music, the Department of Art, and the Department of Theatre. In order to continue to recruit and retain the best students and faculty, the university must enhance and expand its facilities.
At present, the School of Music is spread across six buildings, many of which also host students and faculty from other colleges. The new facility will consolidate the school’s functions into a prominent location at the northeast corner of Hitt Street and University Avenue.
In designing the building, officials gathered input from School of Music faculty and an acoustic consultant, all of whom emphasized the need for open, flexible learning spaces in order to provide an optimal acoustic experience for students, faculty, and guest performers. Plans for the building reflect this feedback, as well as a commitment to respecting the investment of those involved through the conscientious use of resources.
A dedicated School of Music building offers compelling benefits for students, faculty, the university, and the community. The building will:
- Facilitate continued growth in enrollment.
- Enable more students to explore careers in music.
- Foster in-person collaboration and creativity among scholars and faculty.
- Attract outstanding students and faculty.
- Significantly improve the aesthetic appeal of a key campus location.
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