Musictech College Begins Renovation

Oct 31, 2001 12:00 PM, Editors


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The $3.6 million renovation and build-out of the new Musictech College of Music and Recording Arts in Saint Paul, Minn., officially began this month. When it opens in late January 2002, its 60,000 square feet will more than double the recording, performing, production and teaching space the college once occupied in Minneapolis.

Located at the former Science Museum East Building (also known as the Arts & Science Center), the new Musictech College will contain a 300-seat auditorium, 10,000 square feet of recording studios, music library, 12 listening stations, six production suites, 12 practice rooms and two state-of-the-art digital laboratories. A 8,000-square-foot student commons area and courtyard, built in the penthouse of the original Arts & Science building, will have an informal performance space for student musicians.

Musictech president and co-founder Jack McNally also announced these new developments:

  • The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music (formerly the University of St. Thomas Conservatory of Music) will join Musictech as a tenant at the new St. Paul site, thus adding classical music training for 500 students.

  • Musictech is forging a partnership with the Minnesota Business Academy (MBA), whereby Musictech will offer private music lessons and music business classes to the MBA's 365 students. In turn, the Business Academy is in discussions to offer performance space to Musictech students.

  • Exclusive to the new site, Musictech will add a new motion imaging/music for multimedia program to its curriculum. The program will educate students on how to create musical underscores for video games, TV, Internet, TV and radio advertising, CD-ROMs and interactive multimedia.

The Great American History Theatre will remain a tenant in Musictech's building. Musictech will also maintain the green park space facing the Fitzgerald Theatre.

Commenting on the renovation, McNally said, "For the first time, downtown Saint Paul is truly becoming a concentrated center for the musical arts. Musictech, augmented by the Saint Paul Conservatory, will join hands with the Ordway Center, Fitzgerald Theatre, Saint Paul Public Library, Minnesota Public Radio, the Artists' Quarter jazz club and other downtown institutions to create a haven for musical performance and study."

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