Hope College has a rich tradition in the arts, and its students and faculty members in these disciplines deserve a facility equal to their talents. Hope students and the Holland and West Michigan communities will be well served if an acoustically superior concert hall and adjacent music department building were added to campus. Such a facility will accomplish for music what the A. Paul Schaap Science Center and Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse have achieved for the sciences and intercollegiate athletics, respectively.
The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation has provided a leadership gift as a catalyst for this project.
Size, Location, and Cost
The auditorium will seat approximately 800 patrons, engulfing the listener in an acoustically superior space suitable for adventurous musical programming and diverse genres. Adjacent ensemble practice rooms, classrooms, rehearsal halls, and offices will complement the aesthetics and interdisciplinary activities of the new music building, vacating the aged and antiquated Nykerk Hall of Music when completed. The combined facility is proposed to be built on the current corner of 9th Street and Columbia Avenue.
The concert hall’s first-floor auditorium will consist of approximately 500 seats and an additional 300 seats in an extended overhead balcony. Working with experienced architects, it is estimated that construction of a first-class facility—one that will strengthen an already beautiful college campus and a vibrant downtown—will cost $33 million, including a maintenance endowment.
The Need for Rehearsal, Ensemble, and Practice Space
A new music building will contain an acoustically excellent and functional choral rehearsal room. The department currently does not have a choral rehearsal facility to serve the 180 student choristers in six ensembles. In addition, several small ensemble rehearsal rooms for jazz, chamber instrumental, and choral groups will be included in the new music facility. As student numbers continue to grow, there is a need for more practice rooms, classrooms, and studio/office space, which a new facility will include.
Several other important enhancements in a new music building include an updated piano lab, computer lab, percussion studio, recording studio, and instrumental storage lockers.
Benefits for Students and Faculty
The new facility will recognize the interdisciplinary spirit of the arts at Hope College and provide valuable cultural and educational opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the community. It will also compete with the excellent facilities that many incoming students are accustomed to in their high schools. A new “showpiece” performance venue and music building will greatly aid in continued recruiting efforts.
The concert hall and music building will foster a spirit of collaboration and energy and enhance an active department that consists of 20 student-performing ensembles, discipline-specific guest artists, and a multitude of student and faculty soloists.
Benefits for the Community
The new concert hall will make a significant contribution to the community by bringing students, faculty, and residents together in cooperative activities that build personal relationships. Furthermore, a new leading music facility along the lake shore will enhance the character and quality of life that attract talented, educated people to live and work in Holland.
Opportunities for Donors
Hope College’s strategic plan recognizes the need for a concert hall and music facility on campus. To make this goal a reality, the college must partner with donors whose generosity equals our vision and secure commitments to fully fund this project. Naming opportunities range from a lead gift of $15 million to $25,000 gifts for standard practice rooms.
|$500,000 AND UP|
|Music Building Naming Gift||$7 million|
|$100,000 – $499,999|
|Organ Faculty Studio/Office||$300,000|
|Conference Room/Faculty Lounge||$100,000|
|Chamber Ensemble Practice Room||$100,000|
|Small Ensemble Practice Room||$50,000|
|Faculty Teaching Studio/Office (24)||$50,000-$75,000|
|Practice Rooms (17)||$25,000-$50,000|
|Loge Seats (76)||$10,000|
If it hadn’t been for the welcoming and encouraging atmosphere of Hope’s music department, I would not have discovered how to combine my passions for music, teaching, and research into a career.
—Alisa White ’04 doctoral candidate in musicology at Indiana University