Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, School of Music

Edwardsville, Illinois

  • FIRM

    FGM Architects Inc.


    Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville

  • AREA

    19,000 sq.ft.





The new School of Music addition to the Communications Building at Southern Illinois University (SIU) at Edwardsville signaled the consolidation of its fragmented music program and the introduction of a new era for the music program.

The music program, well-respected for its accomplished students and instructors, suffered from having the program’s teaching spaces ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY190COST PER SQ FT$236.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio over the campus in spaces inadequate for music education. To enhance the music program, a facility would be required that could address the program goals of consolidating the fragmented music program into one facility; provide the students with first-class music environments for learning, practicing and performing; and incorporate a first-class recording/mixing studio.

Lively, flexible space for vocal music capable of supporting over 100 students and a large orchestra space provides acoustical balance for a variety of music. A jazz space was designed for amplified music, as well as an intimate, acoustically dampened chamber music space. An isolation booth provides focused recording of a single voice, yet is large enough to contain a keyboard or classical instrument.

Photographer: ©Rick Biger