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 CAPACITY190COST 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.
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