Most of the Faculty of Music’s infrastructure was built more than 50 years ago. While these spaces have served our students and faculty admirably, we have outgrown our physical plant in many ways. Capital revitalization will focus on four areas:
- Walter Hall: The 450-seat concert hall is the city’s most active chamber music venue and features a world-class Casavant Frères pipe organ. Although it remains in constant use, Walter Hall urgently needs a careful renovation with architectural, acoustic and technological improvements to meet the present and future needs of students, faculty and guest performers in the 21st century.
- MacMillan Theatre and Opera: Keeping the opera program at U of T, one of the major voice training programs in North America, strong and vibrant is a top priority for our Faculty. We plan to reconstruct MacMillan Theatre, the only purpose-built university opera theatre in Canada, to the state-of-the-art opera theatre we have envisioned from the beginning.
- Music Library: With more than 300,000 scores, books and periodicals, and 200,000 recordings ranging from wax cylinders to digital audio, the Music Library is an invaluable resource for students, faculty and the public. However, the existing space needs major revitalization to keep pace with the growth of our Faculty and changing technological needs. A newly designed library will significantly modernize the learning environment for greater collaboration and connectivity.
- 90 Queen’s Park Recital Hall Project: We envision a facility with concert-quality acoustic design that will seat 250 and serve equally well for recitals, media performances, conference keynotes and lectures. A named space, the new hall will provide a new and much needed portal to the Faculty of Music from Queen’s Park.