First Look: New concert hall plans for School of Music

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Construction on east campus will create a Creative Commons that will stretch from Mary Couts Burnett Library to the campus boundary at Cantey Street.

The School of Music building will be built across Greene Avenue between Princeton Street and West Lowden Street. In all, the commons with stretch the length of a city block and span 120,620 square feet.

Cranes should begin lining the skies this spring. The first project to go online is expected to be the new building for Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising. By fall, construction of the School of Music should be underway.

The construction will expand the footprint of the College of Fine Arts. The School of Music building means the theatre department will no longer have to share space in Ed Landreth hall. The School of Music will include an acoustically perfect concert hall with a 700-seat rehearsal space for both orchestra and band students.


Updates were called for due to the facility dating back to 1947 and The School of Music accepting more students than ever. Students have outgrown the spaces provided by the current space, Claire Dixon, a junior music education major said.

“We are bursting at the seams,” said Richard Gipson director and professor at The TCU School of Music. “In order to continue advancements in the music program, premiere facilities are needed.”

Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the College of Fine Arts, Kathryn Dunn said the music program is one of the fastest growing at TCU.

“As of right now, the School of Music is spread across seven locations,” Dunn said. “The main location, Ed Landreth Hall and Auditorium cannot support the best in current technology.”

The first phase of this project is the construction of the new Concert Hall with surrounding green spaces and common areas added to the Eastside of campus.

“The grand plan is to build a comprehensive building and move everyone in the music program into a single building,” Gipson said.