Yet our facilities lag far behind the caliber of our program and in some cases are unacceptable in size and quality for our current program. Improvements made through the Promise of Wheaton have bridged the gap to what is truly needed: a major new facility for music and the performing arts. This building will enhance the education of our musicians—not only our Conservatory students, but also many others who take lessons or participate in our main ensembles—and improve the experience of those attending hundreds of concerts and recitals each year. Initial planning will:
- Conduct a cost and feasibility study.
- Determine the location of the new Conservatory building and campus center for the performing arts.
- Determine the scope of the project in connection with requirements for the possible future use of McAlister and/or Pierce Chapel by the Conservatory or others.
- Enable the Trustees to proceed with next steps during the 2012-2013 academic year.