Magazine article University Business

Studzinski Recital Hall and Kanbar Auditorium at Bowdoin College (Maine)

Magazine article University Business

Studzinski Recital Hall and Kanbar Auditorium at Bowdoin College (Maine)

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THE CURTIS POOL BUILDING AT Bowdoin College is making waves again, but now from musical vibrations. A renovation project has replaced the indoor swimming pool with the Studzinski Recital Hall, a state-of-the-art performing space and practice facility. In May, it opened with an inaugural concert series in its 280-seat Kanbar Auditorium. Since 1928, the old building--designed by McKim, Mead and White--served as the location of the college's pool. That changed in 1987, the year the Farley Field House complex opened. The old building had not been used since.

* FUNCTIONS: The hall is a cultural venue for a variety of musical performances open to the public and serves the Bowdoin International Music Festival, which has its summer residence on campus. It also will play a major role in music education. Last year, Bowdoin implemented a requirement for first-year students to take one course in performing and visual arts. "We have had, for a long time, students who took courses in the arts, but never had a requirement," says Cristle Collins Judd, dean for Academic Affairs and professor of music.

The hall includes a rehearsal room behind the stage; nine practice rooms; a lobby and box office; a reception area; performers' dressing rooms and restrooms; and a green room. The stage and seats are located in the old pool, but the design is enhanced by a curved "shoe-box" shape. The stage, the deepest part of the hall, is where the pool's shallow end once was. …

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