The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music education: The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music unveils plans for its impressive new music center with performance hall and rehearsal space. | September 29, 2014

By Jacob Stockinger

Gradually the old sign will turn into a new building.

UW new music hall sign

In case you missed it – and it was easy to do with all the live events going on this weekend – the University of Wisconsin School of Music announced the long-awaited plans for its new music center with a concert hall and rehearsal space. The Ear is very pleased that acoustics are given a top priority.

Compromises have been made due to funding delays and shortfalls. But even with the scaled-down design, the $22-million building still sounds as if it will be an impressive building, and an impressive addition to the UW-Madison School of Music program.

Here is an architect’s rendering, a drawing of what the building at the corner of Lake Street and University Avenue, next to the new wing of the Chazen Museum of Art, will look like.

UW School of Music drawing

It should help maintain or even foster the already high standards of the UW-Madison School of Music, which is nonetheless facing major challenges in student recruitment and staffing. But one wonders: What will music students think about the glass-walled room that will allow passers-by to peer in while they are practicing?

For the full story, including what happens when more money is collected, here is a link to the official announcement.

And here is a link to a story in The Wisconsin State Journal

Be sure to tell The Ear — and everyone else, including UW-Madison officials and the cheapskate State of Wisconsin Legislature and Governor Scott Walker –- what you think.

The Ear wants to hear.


  1. Great news about the building. Note that it is only Phase #1 in a 3 phase project. I would suggest thinking even bigger: #1. Put the music library in the ground floor of phase 3 (the office/admin building). #2. Add a music museum/musical instruments museum to phase #2. You could even charge a small fee for this and that along with cd sales and perhaps a coffeehouse instead, could fund it. I visited a terrific museum in Germany (the Bach Museum) and they had not only the usual displays about music and his times but performers doing short recitals (10 minutes or so) on old instruments. UW could do that as well; this would also fit in with the Chazen next door.

    Comment by fflambeau — September 30, 2014 @ 6:26 am

  2. Glassed-in practice rooms? The architects must have never practiced an instrument! How about one-way glass so the students can see out?

    Comment by Ann Boyer — September 29, 2014 @ 7:42 am

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