Northwestern rolled out the purple carpet for a very special event on September 24 in honor of the Bienen School’s new Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. Approximately 800 members of the Northwestern community ﬁlled Pick-Staiger Concert Hall for the dedication ceremony, which began with a trumpet fanfare by master’s students Michael Hawes and Zack Thomas and undergraduates Lindsey Fraizer and Aaron Schuman.
“We are here to celebrate the opening of a momentous new chapter in the life of the Bienen School of Music,” said Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery. “The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts is an incomparable facility—the very ﬁnest academic center for music training in the nation.”
In her remarks, Dean Montgomery recounted the school’s long journey to ﬁnally opening a facility worthy of its excellent faculty, students, and alumni. Said Dean Montgomery, “In celebrating the new building, we are also celebrating the important role of music in society, in our lives, and in the work of a research university like Northwestern.”