The new WYSO Music Center will house a rehearsal space for around 450 young musicians, aged 5-18, who are receiving instrumental music training through the 55-year-old organization. Offerings include three full orchestras, two string orchestras, the WYSO Music Makers program for low-income students and others, and a variety of chamber ensembles.
The project has a construction budget of $ 29 million and WYSO also intends to create an endowment of $ 5.5 million to support operations.
Among other amenities, the building will include three large rehearsal rooms for full orchestras, one of which can accommodate 150 spectators for occasional performances, eight studios and nine rehearsal rooms.
A music library, community gathering space, and instrument repair shop and storage facilities are also planned.
The building will be available to other community arts and education organizations for rehearsals, classes, lessons and occasional performances, officials said.
âThe neighborhood generally supported the concept and design of the building,â Ald said. Patrick Heck, 2nd arrondissement, who represents the site. âWYSO’s outreach to young people in communities who often do not participate in music programs and their inclusion of various types of music, as well as scholarship programs, were popular with neighbors. “