Hillsdale College, John and Dede Howard Music Hall

Hillsdale, Michigan

The Howard Music Hall is adjacent to the original fine-arts building with a small-profile connecting corridor. The facility relieves the demands on the existing building with a large rehearsal hall for orchestra and choir. An intimate recital hall/lecture hall with a conditioned storage room for a special donated grand piano also is included.

The music department has ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONFEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized studio offices and a jazz studio; a classroom and percussion studio also are provided. Perhaps the most-needed feature of the project is the addition of 26 new practice rooms. Acoustical separation of spaces and careful design of the mechanical system enhance the building’s service to the musicians.

A central circulation corridor with lobbies and other nodes of interest is a “string-of-pearls” on the main level. It gives students an indoor path during inclement weather to travel from the main campus to—or through—the fine-arts facilities and on to the sports campus. A campus master plan calls for a performing-arts/chapel facility to be built—connected to the chain—at the west end of Howard Music Hall.