Striving for Higher
Wheaton College aspires to complete the new state-of-the-art performing arts center at the heart of campus: The Armerding Center for Music and the Arts. God is always calling for a song of praise from his people, and it is therefore vital that music flourishes at the center of Wheaton’s life and community.
In spite of its historical record of outstanding, professional-level accomplishments, the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music facilities had been in critical need of improvement. Today, we rejoice at the outpouring of support from our donors because the first half of the Armerding Center is now complete. In November 2017 the Conservatory of Music moved into their new home and the building was dedicated as the center of music-making for the entire campus.
Our students and faculty now enjoy proper climate control and sound isolation, along with additional storage throughout the building. The new practice rooms are adequately sized to protect musician’s hearing and to offer optimal acoustics. No longer is the Conservatory of Music operating out of six different buildings, built from 1924 to 2008, that were spread out across campus. The Conservatory of Music now has a new state-of-the-art home with a 108-seat recital hall specifically designed for music performance. We are extremely grateful to all who support our musicians.
However, our mission is not complete!
Gifts are required to complete the second half of the Armerding Center for Music and the Arts. Need still remains for us to construct the first 648-seat concert hall for music performance with adjustable acoustics in which every seat enjoys a beautifully-balanced production. The new concert hall building will be outfitted with a welcoming two-story lobby and the first rehearsal space specifically designed for choral music where balance, intonation, and other objectives of musical interpretation and performance are fully realized.
The new home of the Conservatory of Music has been named in honor of the fifth president of Wheaton College, Hudson T. Armerding ’41, upon his retirement. This structure once housed the science and mathematics departments. But music was the heart of the Armerding family. While Miriam Bailey Armerding ’42 graduated from the Conservatory of Music, Hudson also sang in Men’s Glee Club as an undergrad, so it is fitting that the future home the Conservatory of Music will continue to carry the name.
“I am all the more glad that the name is staying with the building. Then, anyone who knows my parents knows that my mother’s life was all about music and the arts. We will all be thinking of her when we see the Armerding Center for Music and the Arts.” —Jonathon Armerding ’72
Jonathan is only one of the many supporters of the new home for Wheaton’s performing arts. He joined the Performing Arts Campaign Cabinet, a group of outstanding individuals with a deep appreciation for the arts. Read more about the Cabinet and meet the members >
The Armerding Center for Music and the Arts Will Feature:
A 648-seat Concert Hall
A 108-seat Recital Hall
Larger teaching studios
Larger practice rooms
Opera/music theater rehearsal spaces
Chamber music rooms
A choral rehearsal hall
A spacious lobby
Academic instructional spaces
Going to Wheaton College was such a firm foundation, and it is a real privilege to sing and do what I love today.- Will Liverman, '10
A new Performing Arts Center would make a statement to the students that what they have chosen, what they have felt called to, matters in the kingdom. It matters in the world.—John William Trotter