The 4,000-square-foot Music Center will connect with the west wing of the Falany Performing Arts Center and will include six faculty studios, eight practice rooms and one music classroom. It is expected to be finished by late summer 2012.
Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood thanked C. Kenneth White of Rocky Face, a member of Reinhardt’s Class of 1961 and a longtime Reinhardt trustee, for his continuing support for his alma mater.
“The Ken White Music Center will just about double the space available for our school of music, and it would not have been available to us without the generosity of Mr. White,” Isherwood said.
Isherwood thanked White for the impact his gifts have made across the Reinhardt campus.
“(The Falany Performing Arts Center) is one geographic end of the campus. If you go over to the other end of campus, there’s our athletic facilities … the Ken White Fields. So you have the Ken White Music Center at this end; you have the Ken White Athletic fields at the other end.”
Isherwood’s remark that “Next year, we’re going to talk with Ken about working on the middle,” got a laugh from the standing-room-only crowd.
Isherwood also recognized how the project supports institutional goals. When Isherwood first came to Reinhardt 10 years ago, the university had seven students in the four-year music program.
By fall 2012, almost 170 music majors are expected, making Reinhardt University the largest music program of any private institution in the state of Georgia.
Because of the recent rain, the groundbreaking was held in the Ken White Atrium inside the Falany Performing Arts Center.
Architect Garland Reynolds Reinhardt Board of Trustees Chair William G. Hasty Jr., Reinhardt Student Government Association President Virginia Hutton, Music Dean Dr. Dennis K. McIntire and Brasfield & Gorrie representative Chris Britton along with Isherwood and White shoveled the first “dirt” for the project.