The construction project of the School of the Arts at CSU still
The new University Center for the Arts will be in the restored
and remodeled old Fort Collins High School on East Pitkin and
Remington streets, but it is unknown when the entire project will
“The ultimate goal is to give the Department of Music, Theatre
and Dance, as well as the whole campus adequate performance and
instructional facilities for the performing arts for the first time
in the history of CSU,” said Michael Thaut, co-director of the
School of the Arts. There are also plans to invite world renowned
artists to guest perform.
The project has three stages, the first of which is the concert
hall. This new addition is expected to be finished in April and
will officially open in the fall. Funding was raised privately at a
cost of $7 million.
“It’s going to be awesome,” Thaut said. “People will be blown
away by the beauty of the concert hall, the acoustics and the
talent of the students.”
The facility will be used by all departments within the School
of Arts. This includes the Department of Music, Theater and Dance,
as well as the art department. These departments have grown in the
last few years.
Thaut said CSU has had the largest increase in music majors the
last two years throughout Colorado. This means the department is
outgrowing is facilities. The Music Building was never intended to
be for music, it used to be the old library.
Because the different performing arts often work closely
together, the concert hall will be an advantage for programs like
the musical opera.
William Davis, program director of Music, said most students do
not realize the Lory Student Center must be rented out any time a
concert is going to be held. Students are also required to carry
music stands and chairs over from the Music Building.
“It’s going to be more convenient because we can have rehearsals
and concerts there,” Davis said. “Being in our own building will be
a huge advantage for us.”
The second stage is going to include performance venues and is
expected to be finished in the summer of 2005. This section will be
located in what used to be the gym. It was also funded by a private
gift of roughly $5 million given by the Bohemian Foundation.
The third of the building was going to include classrooms, labs,
practice rooms, faculty offices and an art gallery. CSU President
Larry Penley is in the process of evaluating funding
“It’s kind of a bummer because some of us won’t be able to see
it all finished,” said Michelle Newton, a junior music education
major. “Talent has grown and a new building will increase that
growth even more.”
Rusty Quinlan, a junior music performance major, has been
disappointed by the delay.
“I am looking forward to having real practice rooms and a
concert hall, but at the same time, am frustrated with the progress
because no one seems to know when it will be completed,” Quinlan
Until more funding is made available, there is no way to tell
when the third stage of the project will be completed.