Lycoming College Shows Major Investment in Music Department | Education
Williamsport, Pa. — Lycoming College opened the doors Friday night for the new $8.5 million Trachte Music Center.
This new building is named after Kent Trachte, president of Lycoming College, and his wife Sharon, a retired French teacher.
At Friday’s dedication, Trachte said he and his wife were “humbled and overwhelmed” by the honor of having the building named after them.
According to Lycoming executive vice president Chip Edmonds, this is the first “significant investment” in the music department in over 100 years.
The investment Edmonds was referring to was likely the construction of Bradley Hall in 1895 for the “princely sum” of $19,500, according to Phil Sprunger, provost of Lycoming and dean of the faculty.
The music department was housed in the Clark Chapel in the 1960s where it remained until the new Trachte Center opened.
“Clark Chapel will remain a vibrant place for community gatherings for public speakers,” Edmonds said.
The Clark Chapel floor would remain a performance space, but that the lower level will be “re-designed”, Edmonds said.
Music department chairman William Ciabattari is just happy to be in a building that doesn’t have bats, he said. One even interrupted a recital last summer, he noted.
“Bats don’t do much good in a musical presentation,” Ciabattari joked.
Clark Chapel’s plumbing also made a name for itself by moaning during classes, recitals and lectures, Ciabattari said. Noise often bled through the rooms.
“Pipes want to participate at the most inopportune times,” Ciabattari said. “There were no secrets at Clark Chapel.”
This new building has improved soundproofing in the rooms, which will alleviate sound leaks and noisy plumbing.
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