RIT President David Munson has said the best students are students who are also involved in performing arts, which allow them to think creatively. It not only helps the students, but that experience gives them a leg up from prospective employers who seek the best, well-rounded candidates who can think creatively in a variety of situations.
The project, to be erected adjacent to Institute Hall and Engineering Hall, is intended to provide more venues for the RIT community as well as options for community groups to hold concerts, talks, and other events.
The 750-seat venue will be built first.
Construction of the first phase—tentatively called the “music performance theater”—is expected to begin in the spring of 2022, with a completion date of January 2024. It will be more than 40,000 square feet, three stories tall and have truck access. The theater is expected to have two balconies and feature a historic, restored theater pipe organ.
The first phase is expected to cost more than $40 million. Additional funds will be sought to support the project and to restore and install the pipe organ.
The second phase, which is funding dependent, will feature an expanded lobby and more than double the size of the building with the 1,500-seat orchestra hall and a stage big enough to accommodate a large philharmonic orchestra, major events, and lectures.