By Sydney Wisman
Students enrolled in music programs at Trevecca can expect to begin classes in the building in January.
The $7.9 million 25,509-square-foot building will be home to three classrooms, five studios for private instruction, seven practice rooms, additional spaces for instrumental and choral instruction and a 2,810-square-foot black box theatre.
Trevecca closed the $1.4 million deal on the land that previously belonged to Volunteer Trucking Company in December of last year. Renovations on existing buildings on the property began in January 2016. Those buildings are to house the Center for Music and Worship Arts—an idea over 20 years in the making.
The Center for Music and Worship Arts will be home to the Department of Music, Nashville Praise and Worship Institute (NPWI) and Center for Worship.
As of this October, the building has plumbing, electric and walls. The next step is to add flooring and ceilings over the next few weeks. If all goes according to plan, construction will be completed by the end of 2016.
“I have a new sense of anticipation of a whole new era, personally and professionally, with the new building,” said David Diehl, dean of the school of worship arts. “I think it will positively affect the morale of faculty and students to be in a quality facility specifically designed for music instruction.”
Music students are already looking forward to begin their journey in this new building.
“I am really excited to be in a space that is more focused on the commercial program and that is more modern,” said Christian Eason, junior commercial music major. “It is cool to be a part of this transitional time in the music program and see it growing.”
Diehl believes that it will majorly impact new student recruitment and the idea of being able to host more concerts, competitions and festivals in the new building.
“I have a true sense of gratitude for the work put in and to the people who are donating for it,” said Diehl. “It will be truly career changing, if not life changing.”