The Desautels Faculty of Music is home to a new state-of-the-art facility that gives our faculty and students a larger, more artistic environment in which to learn, rehearse, perform and create. Phase I, Taché Hall Redevelopment, was completed in August 2015 and Phase II is currently under construction with an estimated completion date of Early 2017.
New facilities will include:
Originally conceived as a renovation of the historic Taché Hall residence, the Taché Arts Project sees the former Taché Hall take on a new life as the heart of a new visual and performing arts hub for the University's innovators, creators, and visionaries.
With our original Music building (opened in 1966) initially designed for only 60 students, the Faculty is now bursting with nearly 300 students, currently housed in eight buildings across campus.
The redevelopment of 68,000 square feet of Taché Hall for Music, along with 90,000 square feet of new construction, will create state-of-the-art facilities in an exciting juxtaposition of old and new buildings that reflect on the artistic traditions of the past while acting as a pathway to innovations for the future.
Filled with light, our new inviting spaces will include an atrium that will run the length of the addition and will link various levels of the complex, including a lobby area for the Marcel A. Desautels Auditorium, and providing access to new rehearsal rooms and multimedia teaching spaces. Students will have a multitude of areas in which to gather and study; administration and faculty will have expanded office and teaching spaces. The Taché Oak Room (former dining hall) will be developed into a music library.
Altogether, the Music portion of the Taché Arts Project encompasses 158,000 square feet of renovation and development – truly creating and enhancing a learning environment for our most valuable asset – our students.
Taché Hall Program Components:
Music Library; Conklin Hall Theatre, backstage, technical and support facilities; music practice and teaching studios; faculty and graduate student offices; art studios and wet photography labs and darkrooms.
Music Addition Program Components:
Marcel A. Desautel Auditorium, music rehearsal and teaching spaces for jazz, opera, ensembles, percussion and electro acoustic and multimedia composition.
School of Art Gallery; collection vaults; painting and drawing studios; digital media labs; photography studio; video soundstage; print media studios; workshops, classrooms and seminar rooms; 140 seat lecture theatre and the Director’s administration suite.
Consider making a gift to the Faculty of Music. Help us achieve a historic milestone with the completion of new facilities in the Taché Arts Complex.
If you’d like more information, please contact Kristine Betker at 204.318.2909, or by email.