The Music Building addition, (blue & white areas of diagram below) will provide much needed additional rehearsal and practice space. It will also create a new east-facing entrance to bring in natural light and create better access to Leon Memorial (right).
a reputation for training fine musicians and music teachers has been a hallmark of Adams State College’s Music Department for decades. Today, nearly a third of ASC’s 2,500 on-campus undergraduate students attend music classes or lessons or perform in ensembles. This vibrant department includes 7 full-time and 10 adjunct faculty, 89 music majors, and 50 non-major ensemble participants. More than 50 years of use have taken a toll on the Music Building’s interior finishes and equipment, and more space is required to relieve crowded corridors and accommodate student practice room needs. The muchneeded facility upgrades will allow the Music Building to continue to serve as a center of inspiration and instruction for aspiring musicians and music teachers. The project also includes replacement of band and orchestra instruments, most of which are 20 to 40 years of age. A 3,225 sq. ft., two-story addition will add four much-needed practice rooms, a percussion studio, and two rehearsal halls. A new recording studio will expand student learning and experimentation opportunities. The addition will face east, with glass panels and an open stair bringing natural light to the interior. Modern soundproofing will greatly improve the existing building’s functionality – allowing students and their professors to tune into the lesson at hand. New concrete walkways will connect Leon Memorial Concert Hall and the Music Building and facilitate large instrument transportation. A plaza with
fixed seating will provide a student gathering point outside the addition. A new amphitheater will offer outdoor performance space.
renowned for excellent acoustics, Leon Memorial Concert Hall is the premier concert venue in Alamosa and the San Luis Valley. It was built in 1968 through a gift from sisters Rose Leon and Ella Leon Grove, who ran a successful women’s apparel shop in Alamosa. The intimate 200-seat auditorium makes every performance a joy for both audience members and performers. Integral to Adams State’s excellent music department, Leon Memorial is the ideal setting for recitals by faculty, students, and guest musicians. Community groups such as the Alamosa Live Music Association also use it regularly. The renovation project will replace the worn seating and upgrade finishes. Sound insulation, lighting, and ventilation will also be improved, and the green room and adjacent faculty offices will be refurbished. This renovation will ensure the hall’s longevity as the region’s premier concert venue and maintain the integrity of its acoustics.
leon memorial features project cost: $427,010 Under way – Complete January 2011 • New auditorium seating and upgraded finishes • New sound booth & recording equipment • Refinished stage • Improved sound insulation, lighting, ventilation • Refurbished lobby, green room, and adjacent faculty offices • New harpsichord • New walkways and plaza leading to Music Building Fall 2009 | A-Stater | 11
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