In little more than a week, construction will begin on a long-awaited (and needed) new building for the University of Tennessee School of Music. With a large gift from Jim and Natalie Haslam, the $45 million facility will at last take shape, built on the same site of the current music building.
The building, to be named the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, will contain a 425 seat recital hall; larger and improved rehearsal spaces for the UT Band, the UT Opera Theatre, the UT Symphony Orchestra, and the choral program; as well as an expanded Music Library. There will also be an increased number of classrooms and practice rooms, as well as practice rooms for small ensembles. And, the entire music faculty will have offices in the same building. What a concept!
Since the current buidling will be demolished in order to accomodate the new construction, during the approximate 2-1/2 years of construction, temporary facilities for the SOM will be located in Dunford Hall, Melrose Hall, the Humanities Bldg, and the Alumni Memorial Bldg.