The College of Music is inviting the campus and community to a celebration an extra year in the making.
Following approval by the Board of Regents, the college expanded into a 64,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art addition to the Imig Music Building when it opened in the fall of 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic prevented an in-person celebration at the time. With CU Boulder’s vaccine requirement in place and the university returning to a more traditional in-person experience, the college is now ready to show off to the campus and community the space students and faculty have been enjoying for the past year.
A formal ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Friday, Sept. 17. The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. on the southeast side of the Imig Music Building, and all students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend.
“We were so grateful to see this building come to fruition last year and for the great opportunities it’s creating for our students and faculty,” said College of Music Dean John Davis. “This space is a game-changer for the College of Music. We couldn’t be more excited to finally be able to welcome the campus and community inside and thank in person the many who had a hand in making this building a reality.”
After the brief ceremony, guests are invited to an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to explore all three floors of the new building. The open house will include classes visitors can drop into and light refreshments. (Masks are required for all guests who wish to attend the indoor open house regardless of vaccination status, in accordance with campus requirements.)
The addition enhances the long-standing reputation for music teaching and research excellence at CU Boulder. New York City acoustics expert David Kahn of Acoustic Distinctions helped with sound design aspects of the project.
Three stories of windows greet visitors at the entrance to the expansion, creating a welcoming external atmosphere and bringing natural light into the building. The addition adds 4,600 feet of performance space, 6,500 feet of rehearsal space and 8,800 feet of teaching space. The addition also includes:
A new 118-seat recital hall
An innovative ensemble and rehearsal room that converts into a 150-seat performance space
Nine additional practice rooms
State-of-the-art classroom spaces and acoustically designed studios
A dance studio, changing rooms and theatre classroom
A first floor office for the Entrepreneurship Center for Music
A top floor suite and teaching space for the Musicians’ Wellness Program
An expanded recording studio
The facility has welcomed the choral department from Macky Auditorium, where their rehearsal spaces had become too small and they faced acoustical challenges, and provides space for the Theatre and Dance department, creating new opportunities for interdisciplinary connections across campus. The expansion also enhances the college’s ability to meet demand from non-music majors for increased class offerings and lessons.
"The upgraded Imig building has already enhanced learning and performance experiences for our students by accelerating our momentum to leverage various technologies in ways that elevate and expand College of Music offerings well beyond our immediate campus community,” added Davis. "With new learning and performance spaces and tools, we’re not only expanding the reach and range of what’s possible as scholars, composers and performers, we’re also adding to our students’ skill sets and paving the way toward greater diversity, equity and inclusion in everything we do.”