Completed in the summer of 2018, the $98 million, 185,000-square-foot Holtschneider Performance Center is the first phase of a new music complex for the DePaul University School of Music, serving as the eastern gateway to the Lincoln Park Campus. The stunning new structure anchors the updated complex, sitting on the site once occupied by McGaw Hall, located between the School of Music administration building to the north and the Concert Hall to the south, which are both slated to be renovated in the future phases of the project.
The Holtschneider Performance Center houses the 505-seat Mary Patricia
Gannon Concert Hall, the 140-seat Murray and Michele Allen Recital Hall,
the 80-seat Brennan Family Recital Hall, and the 75-seat Mary A.
Dempsey and Philip H. Corboy Jazz Hall along with state-of-the-art
rehearsal spaces, a sound recording technology suite, box office, atrium
café and dynamic and flexible classrooms. All to serve the students of the
School of Music.
"Named for a man with the utmost respect and deepest devotion to the arts—the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.—this building will serve as both the center of excellence where aspiring musicians can find their voice, and a community center where all are welcome to enjoy live performance. For young musicians, this is a place to be inspired and to feel the power of an enraptured audience. For music lovers, this is Chicago's newest home to hear the world's best alongside the nest generation of virtuosos."
-Ronald Caltabiano, Dean of DePaul University School of Music
"Unveiled" A Celebration of music at DePaul
The Holtschneider Performance Center opened with great fanfare in November 2018 by hosting over 50 performances and events from faculty, students and world class artists for an 11-day festival.
Next Phases for the School of Music Campus
Second Phase: With construction now
underway, the School of Music’s previous Concert Hall will be
substantially renovated and become the Sasha and Eugene Jarvis Opera
Hall. The project will retain the existing exterior of the Concert Hall
and preserve the chapel that is beloved by Lincoln Park residents for
its New England architecture and it landmark soaring white steeple.
Third Phase: The School of Music building north of the Holtschneider Performance Center will continue to serve as the School of Music’s administrative hub, housing renovated offices, a computer lab and teaching studios on its existing three levels. Construction date will be determined following the completion of the Sasha and Eugene Jarvis Opera Hall.