On Sept. 8 the Albert P. Smith Music Center will be hosting a open house in recognition to the new renovations.
The Music Center was under construction for a year from May 2016 to May 2017. After the renovations were completed students and faculty took two months to fully move back into the music center.
Former GRCC Steven Ender raised the money for the newly needed renovations. The cost of the renovation came to 8.5 million dollars which focused on creating a more modern setting for all musicians. The demolitions started two years prior to the renovations completion.
The building was officially renamed after Albert P. Smith in August 2015 for his contributions to GRCC. During his time as a chairman, GRJC became one of the first junior colleges recognized by the National Association of Schools of Music. GRCC is currently one of the only community colleges recognized by NASM.
Director of the Music Department Kevin Dobreff says that the project has created a space where music students can make connections and explore their talent.
“The renovations to the Music Center will allow our students to practice, rehearse and collaborate in a much friendlier and student-centered environment” Dobreff said “The innovative acoustic modifications and sound transfer mitigation have created practice rooms and teachings spaces that truly meet the demands of professional musicians.”
The building is currently open to the public and students who were taking summer classes but the formal opening will be held on Sept. 8.
Some of renovations include:
· A new recital hall, which will be formally renamed for mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller in October.
· New classrooms.
· New informal gathering and study spaces.
· Private teaching studios.
· Instrument and music storage.
· New acoustic and sound-reduction measures for teaching, rehearsal and practice areas.
“The acoustical properties of the practice and rehearsal spaces embrace the needs of the working musician and allow our students and faculty to create their art in a space that promotes creativity through teaching and learning” Dobreff said.