Inside YSM: Matthew Keown, percussion

Matthew Keown, percussion

We asked percussionist and current DMA candidate Matthew Keown ’16MM to share his thoughts about the new Adams Center for Musical Arts.

“As a percussionist at YSM, I am lucky enough to have my studio located in the heart of the new building,” he said. “The door to our foyer leads directly to the new student lounge, our beloved watering (coffee) hole. The quality of a practice space affects musicians more than one might imagine. The natural light let in through large windows in our practice rooms energizes the musician and helps foster a greater sense of focus. The sound of our new rooms varies with the shape of the space to provide diverse, quality sonic experiences.”

The new spaces also serve the logistical needs of the YSM percussion studio.

“As percussionists,” Matt said, “we are constantly moving equipment from one space to another, and the generosity with which the new building was designed, in respect to this need, is greatly appreciated. Each door in our percussion suite was specially designed to comfortably fit five-octave marimbas and 32” timpani. The percussionist’s favorite part of the new building, though, is the elevator. On any given day in the old Hendrie Hall, I am told, you could spot percussionists carrying timpani upstairs. I think I speak for all current and future percussionists (sorry those of past generations) when I say thank you for this convenience!”

Matt’s performance of YSM faculty composer David Lang’s “the anvil chorus” was recently featured in a video of the Adams Center’s name being carved into the face of the new complex.

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Published March 24, 2017
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Yale celebrates Adams Center grand opening

Adams Center for Musical Arts | Photo by Bob Handelman

Adams Center for Musical Arts | Photo by Bob Handelman

The Yale University community and distinguished guests on Thursday celebrated the grand opening of the new Adams Center for Musical Arts. It was an event in the stunning orchestra rehearsal hall at which a great debt of gratitude was paid to Stephen ’59BA and Denise Adams, whose continued generosity helped make the complex that bears their names a reality.

“This is a day not just for music,” Yale University President Peter Salovey said, “but it is a day for Yale University, as well, because this is a day where our University places an exclamation point on a place to study music that is second to none for graduate students and undergraduates, alike.

Peter Salovey dedicates the Adams Center | Photo by Harold Shapiro

Peter Salovey dedicates the Adams Center | Photo by Harold Shapiro

“One Yale — a place that celebrates a great college set alongside a great professional school, a place that gives our superb musicians from across all of our campus magnificent facilities to make music together during their bright college and their bright university years. We are really humbled by the extraordinary generosity and vision of Stephen and Denise Adams, our principal donors to this project … Their profound profound love of music, and of Yale, is what shines throughout this shining new light of campus architecture.”

Salovey also acknowledged the visionary leadership of School of Music Dean Robert Blocker, saying, “Every project that I have witnessed at Yale needs someone who has (an) uncompromising eye, and when that project has someone with that eye, it always comes out wonderfully. And Robert was the uncompromising eye behind this.”

In the Adams Center, Blocker sees his — and the Adamses’ — dreams for Music at Yale. MORE

Published February 17, 2017
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Adams Center for Musical Arts opens

Adams Center, exterior

Adams Center for Musical Arts

The new Adams Center for Musical Arts opened today, as students, faculty, and staff returned to the Yale School of Music and Yale College to begin the spring semester. Twenty-four months after ground was broken, the complex is in use by the School of Music and by Yale College students who participate in the University’s undergraduate ensembles.

“The Adams Center for Musical Arts is a welcoming space and place for Yale’s musical community,” Yale School of Music Dean Robert Blocker said. “It was designed to enhance and enrich the creative, artistic, and intellectual process of making music together. Each space — from the smallest practice room to the beautiful ensemble halls and the student commons — was designed with the intent of supporting and sustaining the cherished musical culture that Yale has enjoyed for more than three centuries.”

Named for Stephen ’59BA and Denise Adams in recognition of their continued generosity and support of the Yale School of Music, the $57.1 million Adams Center for Musical Arts was made possible primarily through gifts from Yale alumni. The complex connects a newly renovated Hendrie Hall to the previously renovated Leigh Hall by way of a new structure that is anchored by a dedicated orchestra rehearsal room and an atrium in which students from the School of Music and Yale College can gather. MORE

Published January 17, 2017
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Adams Center for Musical Arts: Construction Photos

Demolition and construction work continue on Hendrie Hall and the future Adams Center for Musical Arts. Excavation has begun at the north side of the building for the addition. Floor holes for attachment of ceiling support for the floor below have been completed in many rooms.

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Published July 24, 2015
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YDN: $57.1 million music complex slated to begin construction

hendrie_0013_webYale Daily News | By Larry Milstein

After nearly 20 years of planning and false starts, a $57.1 million complex for the Yale School of Music is poised to become reality.

In late February, plans for the Adams Center for Musical Arts — which includes the renovation of Hendrie Hall and the construction of an adjoining 34,000 square-foot structure — will be presented before the Yale Corporation for final approval before beginning construction later this month. The project, which was postponed in 2008 with the onset of the global financial crisis, resumed in August when faculty, students and staff were relocated in anticipation of the Hendrie Hall renovation, slated for completion in August 2016. Though students and faculty interviewed said they are eager to see work begin on the long-delayed facility, some expressed criticism of the transition process and conditions of the temporary relocation. MORE

Published February 13, 2015
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Music complex to be named for Stephen ’59BA and Denise Adams

At Convocation on Monday, September 9, 2013, Dean Robert Blocker and Yale President Peter Salovey announced that the music complex centered around the renovated and expanded Hendrie Hall will be known as the Adams Center for Musical Arts when it opens in 2016.

In 2006, Stephen Adams ’59BA and his wife, Denise Adams, donated $100 million to the School of Music. The gift, which Mr. and Mrs. Adams originally made anonymously, allowed all School of Music students from that point onward to attend tuition-free; it also enriched the educational experience through enhanced programs at the School.

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Published September 11, 2013
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City OKs Yale Music Hall Renovation

New Haven Independent
By Thomas MacMillan

Two century-old Yale music buildings will be joined together and renovated, thanks to $25 million and new permission from city zoners.

The buildings are Leigh Hall and Hendrie Hall on the Yale campus at 435 College St. and 165 Elm St. respectively. The university Tuesday night secured zoning approval for a $25 million construction project at the two buildings, which are used by Yale’s School of Music. MORE

Published June 13, 2013
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