The $3.6 million renovation and build-out of the new MusictechCollege of Music and Recording Arts in Saint Paul, Minn., officiallybegan this month. When it opens in late January 2002, its 60,000 squarefeet will more than double the recording, performing, production andteaching space the college once occupied in Minneapolis.
Located at the former Science Museum East Building (also known asthe Arts & Science Center), the new Musictech College will containa 300-seat auditorium, 10,000 square feet of recording studios, musiclibrary, 12 listening stations, six production suites, 12 practicerooms and two state-of-the-art digital laboratories. A8,000-square-foot student commons area and courtyard, built in thepenthouse of the original Arts & Science building, will have aninformal performance space for student musicians.
Musictech president and co-founder Jack McNally also announced thesenew developments:
- The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music (formerly the University of St.Thomas Conservatory of Music) will join Musictech as a tenant at thenew St. Paul site, thus adding classical music training for 500students.
- Musictech is forging a partnership with the Minnesota BusinessAcademy (MBA), whereby Musictech will offer private music lessons andmusic business classes to the MBA's 365 students. In turn, the BusinessAcademy is in discussions to offer performance space to Musictechstudents.
- Exclusive to the new site, Musictech will add a new motionimaging/music for multimedia program to its curriculum. The programwill educate students on how to create musical underscores for videogames, TV, Internet, TV and radio advertising, CD-ROMs and interactivemultimedia.
The Great American History Theatre will remain a tenant inMusictech's building. Musictech will also maintain the green park spacefacing the Fitzgerald Theatre.
Commenting on the renovation, McNally said, "For the first time,downtown Saint Paul is truly becoming a concentrated center for themusical arts. Musictech, augmented by the Saint Paul Conservatory, willjoin hands with the Ordway Center, Fitzgerald Theatre, Saint PaulPublic Library, Minnesota Public Radio, the Artists' Quarter jazz cluband other downtown institutions to create a haven for musicalperformance and study."
Visit Musictech online at www.musictech.com.