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Board of Regents approve music building construction

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Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved construction on the new $60 million Texas A&M University-Kingsville Education Complex and Music Building during their regular meeting Thursday, April 27. Construction is set to begin in June 2017.

The Texas Legislature approved funding for the project in June 2015. The music program has long outgrown its current facilities and a new music building is critical to maintaining the program’s accreditation status.

The current, longstanding Bellamah Music Building was built in 1959 to accommodate 100 students and 12 faculty members. As the program grew and succeeded, its total number of students has reached 250, with 30 faculty members.

Excitement is building for the new facilities, which will nearly triple in size from 32,000 square feet to 90,000 square feet. Some of the highlights will include a 450-500-seat performance hall; a 100-seat recital/lecture hall; four large rehearsal halls for band, choir, orchestra and jazz; and three chamber music/methods halls. Other features include:

  • 32 faculty studios/offices
  • 48 student practice rooms
  • five classrooms
  • two student study areas
  • one computer music lab
  • one electronic keyboard lab
  • one recording studio 
  • one administrative office suite
  • storage facilities


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