Music program gets a boost to the tune of $3.9M

SCCC unveils design for new music building

Aspiring musicians can rejoice with the unveiling of a grand new music building proposed by Schenectady County Community College to place the program on a higher pedestal.

Schenectady County and college officials presented on Thursday, April 28, the $3.9 million project to build a new music building, which would be prominently featured upon entering the campus grounds. The facility adds much-needed space for students and teachers of the cramped music program with a 12,600 square-foot space to practice, perform and take classes. The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and Schenectady County are equally providing funding for the project.

I am a firm believer we must make investments in our infrastructure in order to grow and remain competitive, said Denise Murphy McGraw, chairwoman of the SCCC Board of Trustees. "Our new music building will not only allow us to continue to attract the best and brightest from New York State, but we will also import students from throughout the nation."

Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature Judith Dagostino said the lawmakers are committed to the college because of the "transformational power" of education and how important it is for students to receive quality education.

"Just viewing these renderings is exciting," said Dagostino.

The new building will adjoin the current music wing of the Begley Building. The first floor will house teaching studios, an industry standard live recording studio, two specialized music classrooms, faculty offices and a student lounge. On the second floor will be a recording studio with a control room, recital space, teaching studios, and faculty offices. There will be eight additional practice rooms in the facility with a faCade of large glass windows giving a modern appearance.

Chair of the Music Department William Meckley said being a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music has allowed him to see what makes a music program effective. While the most important piece is a superb facility, which he said SCCC has along with a supportive administration, but the last piece is a facility enabling what works needs to be accomplished.

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