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9/21/2005 Linfield receives grant for music building

McMINNVILLE ? Linfield College has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the E.L. Wiegand Foundation of Reno, Nev., to fund a music seminar room in a new music facility on the college?s McMinnville campus.

The E.L. Wiegand Music Seminar Room will provide space for small classes and a gathering area for faculty and students. One of the design goals for the music building was to incorporate comfortable spaces for interaction and socializing, and the music seminar room will perform this function and others as well, according to Marvin Henberg, interim president of Linfield.

"At Linfield, we have long cherished the dynamic student-faculty interactions common in the liberal arts setting," Henberg said. "Spaces such as this music seminar room enhance the informal interactions that enrich our students? education."

Linfield?s new $4.8 million music building will be the final element in an arts quadrangle on the Keck Campus, joining the Miller Fine Arts Center and the Nicholson Library/Ford Hall complex. The single-story facility will house faculty offices and studios, practice rooms, a band rehearsal room and a choir rehearsal room with seating for 100. It will update instructional and practice facilities for the entire music program and provide much-needed centralized space for faculty and students as well as a new venue for smaller performances such as recitals. The facility has been designed to accommodate the addition of a new main concert hall as a later second phase.

More than 430 students, or approximately one-fourth of all Linfield students on the McMinnville Campus, are active in music in some way. The college offers 14-16 performing ensembles in a typical year, including a dance ensemble and the Linfield Chamber Orchestra.