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November 1, 2019

Marist Celebrates the Dedication of Fusco Music Center

Marist Celebrates the Dedication of Fusco Music Center

Today the President and Board of Trustees of Marist College celebrated the dedication of the Fusco Music Center, part of the College's Student Center renovation and addition designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The Fusco Music Center, completed in 2014, was recently named in honor of Frank and Nelly Fusco, a Hudson River Valley couple whose namesake scholarship geared toward music education at Marist is the largest endowed scholarship in the College's history.

The 23,000 square-foot, three-story Fusco Music Center provides state-of-the-art facilities for all of Marist's music programs. The 175-seat Fusco Recital Hall is a venue for small instrumental and vocal ensembles as well as lectures, poetry readings, and other programming. The 3,700-square-foot Symphonic Hall accommodates up to 350 student musicians and is designed for practice and performance by small ensembles. Other key spaces at the Music Center include classrooms equipped with cutting-edge sound systems; a music library; a conference room; a string ensemble room that also accommodates brass and woodwind ensembles, the jazz band, and choirs; a piano lab; a computer lab that allows for research, composition, recording, and editing; music faculty offices; nine practice rooms; and classrooms, lecture, and meeting spaces available to the entire student body.

As an extension of the Murray Student Center and Rotunda (Robrt A.M. Stern, 2014), the Fusco Music Center carries forward the vocabulary of rubble-stone facades with red-brick trim established by our firm with Marist's Hancock Technology Center (2011), a new pedestrian underpass and new campus gates (2011). The Natural Sciences & Allied Health Building (2016), Marist's recently opened North Campus Housing(2018), and the Steel Plant Studios (2018), in addition to the on-going McCann Center Expansion, are also designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern, Graham S. Wyatt, and Kevin M. Smith led the design effort for the Fusco Music Center.

The Marist Music Program cultivates music literacy, musicianship, individual creativity, and engaged citizenship through challenging learning experiences, diverse performance opportunities, and a commitment to providing music to both the campus community and many local organizations. In keeping with the Marist mission, the Music Program encourages students to share their love of music with those in need, creating a lifelong opportunity for creative expression and commitment to community. Click here for more information on the dedication and the program.

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