New USF Music Building
Beautiful music has a new home in the Tampa Bay area, as the doors are finally open on USF’s new School of Music facility. University Beat on WUSF TV takes you inside the almost 47 million dollar facility to show you how a high-tech building and world-class faculty will help USF turn good students into great musicians.
After 45 years in a space that wasn’t always conducive to rehearsing and performing, USF’s School of Music has opened the doors on its new state-of-the-art building. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 takes you to the ribbon-cutting for the new facility, which was built with the teacher, performer and audience member all in mind!
On her last day as Tampa Mayor, Pam Iorio spoke to University Beat about the importance of arts & music education. She also talks about how important her alma mater, USF, was to her during her 8 years as Mayor.
Michael R. Howard, president of the architectural firm that designed the interior of the new USF School of Music Building, explains how the rooms in the school don’t actually touch one another and seemingly ‘float,’ like boxes inside of larger boxes.
USF College of the Arts Dean Dr. Ronald Jones says the tremendous acoustics of the new facility will help the students out immensely. He also talks about how it will become another great venue for musical performances in the Bay area.
USF Choral Conducting Graduate student Brett Karlin says the promise of the new building helped him decide to come to USF to study.
USF School of Music website
Upcoming concerts & events at USF School of Music
USF College of the Arts Dean, Dr. Ronald Jones, is leaving USF after 13 years at the end of the month to become President of the Memphis College of Art. St. Pete Times article on his departure is here, where Dr. Jones has some interesting comments for Florida legislators.
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Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.