The new building, which will serve nearly 40 music majors and 150 others involved in the school’s renowned music program, will house a large rehearsal hall, administrative offices, practice rooms, classrooms, and music libraries. “This is the culmination of 16 years of dreaming,” said James Bingham, music department chair.
But, as board member Dean Bouland explained, it’s much more: “It says we’re committed to remaining in Takoma Park, we’re expanding our programs and we’re moving forward.”
Lupita Garza, student association president, agreed. “This is a really important project for our entire campus because it’s kind of the initiation for new things to come. A lot of the students are really encouraged that there’s not just talk about a new building, but they’re actually getting to see it.”
For WAU president Weymouth Spence it was a sign of progress. “Two and a half years ago when I was interviewed by the board, they made clear some of the objectives they wanted to have accomplished,” he said. “With the teamwork of our faculty, staff, and students, we were able to get a shovel in the ground and start the process of building our new music facility, which is scheduled to open fall of 2011.”