Music Pavilion Construction Celebration

Thank you for joining us for this celebration of the start of construction for the College of Music Pavilion.

Very shortly, we’ll be presenting a symphony of heavy equipment sounds instead of the more pleasant notes we’re used to hearing here.

We’ve talked a lot about our new science and technology facilities at MSU in recent years, but this one is also an important project for us.

Michigan State attracts some of the brightest talent from across the globe for our arts and humanities programs.

The College of Music has grown from a regional department of music to an internationally recognized program — one that’s known for excellence in performance, scholarship and music education. Recent renovations to Fairchild Theater and Cook Recital Hall brought those performance spaces up to high standards of excellence.

But with more than 600 music majors and some 2,000 non-majors needing space now, the college has outgrown its facilities for instruction and rehearsal.

Remember, the last major addition to the original 1940 building was in 1956.

Having been designed some 80 years ago, our rehearsal rooms in particular lack adequate size, proper ventilation, and healthy acoustical properties.

Our people deserve better spaces.

This project will add 40 percent more room, plus renovations to provide much-improved spaces for students and their faculty mentors for years to come.

With its high-quality, acoustically superior teaching, rehearsing, and performance spaces, the Music Pavilion will further build MSU’s reputation in the arts. It will help us to continue to attract some of the most talented and creative students — and faculty — from around the state, the nation, and the world.

One year ago, the Board of Trustees approved this plan thanks to more than $7 million in initial gifts. We’ve now raised more than $11 million, and we’ll continue until we meet our $17.5 million goal for private support.

It would great to wrap it up by the end of MSU’s Empower Extraordinary capital campaign, which runs through December. 

We really are humbled by the generosity of our donors, and we’re grateful for their engagement and the vision they share with us.

So I would like to recognize some of our lead donors who are here today:

  • James Billman, Jr.;
  • Dee and Byron Cook;
  • And Selma Hollander, who just last week celebrated her birthday and is 101 years young.

We hope to see all of you here again this fall for the official groundbreaking, when more of the campus is here to share it with us.

MSU is a great university and the College of Music is an important part of our mission, one that deserves excellent facilities to continue its transformational work.

I’m glad you could join us today to mark the start of construction. So thank you for helping us mark this occasion.