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A New Home for the School of Music

Artist Rendering of new School of Music building

The construction of the new School of Music center, which will be located along the west side of North Halsted Street between Fullerton and Belden avenues, is underway. Our new music complex will give Community Music students, families, and faculty an exciting opportunity to experience music study and performance in a state-of the-art environment.

The 185,000-square-foot building will include teaching studios, rehearsal space, a concert hall, two recital halls and a jazz hall.

  • The 505-seat William E. and Mary Pat Gannon Hay Concert Hall will be an elegant and acoustically optimal hall designed to accommodate the School of Music’s full range of musical ensembles.
  • A 140-seat large recital hall will reach three stories high in order to deliver professional quality acoustics with a clear and polished sound.
  • An 81-seat small recital hall will incorporate many of the same acoustic and technical features of the larger hall and will be located on the opposite side of the building.
  • The 76-seat Philip Corboy and Mary Dempsey Jazz Hall will provide the perfect setting for audiences to experience the intimacy and ambiance of a jazz club.

Public spaces in the new School of Music center will include:

  • A commons area to serve as the front door, forming a gathering place for the School of Music community and social spaces for students.
  • An atrium café to serve as a gathering spot before concerts, during intermissions and after the performance.
  • Teaching spaces, designed around the technical needs of students and faculty, will include, instrumental rehearsal rooms, a chamber music room,a choral rehearsal room, a computer lab, a large recital hall green room, a percussion rehearsal room and a sound recording technology suite.

Height of the new building:
55 ft. to parapet at building edge

Antunovich Associates, Inc.
Bulley & Andrews

Next Phase | Timetable Not Yet Set
Renovation of two existing buildings:
The current School of Music building 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.

The current Concert Hall will be substantially refitted to accommodate the Sasha and Eugene Jarvis Opera Hall. The renovation 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.


Monday, November 2, 2015
The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. announced to the School of Music faculty and staff that the Board of Trustees approved the plans to move forward with the construction of the new School of Music facilities

Mid-January, 2016
Demolition of McGaw began.

March 2016
Excavation and foundation work began, including the drilling of the 60+ deep caissons required for the structure.

Spring 2018
Expected completion of phase one of the new School of Music facilities.

As part of the School of Music, the Community Music Division will have access to classrooms, rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, and performance halls in the new Music Center. View a list of FAQs for families, students, and faculty.