Performing Arts Center Opus: First Movement

“To be, or not to be—that is no longer the question,” began Nancy Bekavac at the April groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Scripps College Performing Arts Center. An anonymous gift of $7 million this spring enabled the College to begin construction.

Not even a gray day could dampen the spirits of trustees, alumnae, faculty, administrators, students, and special guests who gathered en masse to celebrate. The groundbreaking marked the physical launch of a construction project that will, according to the Dean of Faculty and Professor of Music Michael Deane Lamkin, “signal a new relationship between Scripps, and the surrounding community and offer a lively and exciting place to be for the performing arts.”

The new center will house a recital hall, music library, several music rehearsal spaces and music offices, and will be the permanent home and performance space for both Scripps’ music and dance programs.

Now, two months underway, all of the demolition work is completed, and construction has begun on the external buildings as well as the new elevator in the interior of Garrison. Concrete footings are now in place and the slabs for the studios and Boone Recital Hall should be poured in the next week. All of the utilities, including phone lines and computer lines have been installed and buried.

Looking toward the future and the proposed impact the center will have on current music and performance programs and opportunities, Dean Lamkin commented: “The performing arts center will bring a new focus to this part of the campus, with tremendous student preserve and activity in the music library, the practice rooms, and the performance facilities. The adjustable acoustics and comfortable surroundings of both the Boone Recital Hall and the refurbished Garrison will enhance the whole theatrical experience for audience and performers alike. Upon the center’s completion, the community can expect to see offerings from the Concert Choir, the Concert Orchestra, Chamber Music, and the Dance Department, as well as the Student Recital series and the Senior and Junior Recitals.”