The center, which will be dedicated Friday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m., is named in honor of Bull, who served as Linfield's president for 13 years, a period of unprecedented change. Under her leadership, the college's visibility and stature grew along with the campus, which more than doubled in size. Some 14 new buildings were added to campus, including new facilities for art, theatre and the library. She was and is a patron of the arts and attended countless concerts, plays and exhibits during her tenure at Linfield.
Tours and performances by Linfield students will be held at 2:15 and 3:15 p.m. at the center. A program is planned and will feature musical performances, and presentations by President Thomas L. Hellie, President Emerita Bull, and students and faculty from the music department.
The new 14,000-square-foot building, opposite the Miller Fine Arts Center, houses faculty offices and studios, practice rooms, a music library, a band rehearsal room and a recital space with seating for 98. It updates instructional and practice facilities for the entire music program and provides much-needed centralized space for faculty and students as well as a new venue for smaller recitals. The building is designed to accommodate a second phase of construction, to include a concert hall and other public spaces at a future date.
The new facility not only looks like a music building, but it feels like a music building, said Faun Tiedge, chair of the Linfield music program.
Faculty studios are all on one level and practice rooms and performance and rehearsal spaces are available in the building, which was not the case in Renshaw Hall, she said. Students didn't have much space to gather in Renshaw, but that changes with the new center.
"When students come into our central lobby, they have more opportunity to exchange ideas with faculty and other students," Tiedge said. "There's going to be a vitality that we didn't experience because we were more fragmented."
Having rehearsal, teaching and performance spaces in one building will enhance the students' education, Tiedge noted, by encouraging more interaction among students and more collaboration between students and faculty.
The new facility will provide more flexibility for the department, Tiedge said. In addition to the newly renovated Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium (formerly Melrose Auditorium), Delkin Recital Hall provides an intimate space for special recitals, small concerts and lectures or programs from visiting artists. The Woolley Rehearsal Room provides more space for both band and choir rehearsals and may allow more outreach by the music department into the schools and local community.