Today, our weekly meeting was held at the Wheaton College Armerding Center for Music and Arts. Our host was Tony Payne - Associate Professor of Music, Director of Special Programs and Artist Series.  In addition to providing an enlightening tour of the facility, and history of the development of the facility, he provided an impromptu mini piano recital demonstrating the superb acoustics of the concert hall.

The Armerding Center for Music and the Arts was renovated in two phases. The first phase included the development of a state-of-the-art recital hall, sound-canceling practice rooms and classrooms, two recording studios, and faculty studios and was completed In November 2017. The final phase was completed in September 2020 which included a beautiful 650-seat acoustically-engineered concert hall, a choral rehearsal room, and a grand lobby. Students and faculty now enjoy proper climate control and sound isolation, along with additional storage throughout the building. The new practice rooms are adequately sized to protect musician’s hearing and to offer optimal acoustics.  No longer is the Conservatory of Music operating out of six different buildings, built from 1924 to 2008, that were spread out across campus. The Conservatory of Music now has a new state-of-the-art home with a 108-seat recital hall specifically designed for music performance.

For additional information about the college's  conservatory facilities, and music events, visit the website at https://www.wheaton.edu/wheaton-college-conservatory-of-music/