WCSD Announces Completion of Spotlight on Music Capital Project
The Williamsville Central School District is proud to announce the completion of the ‘Spotlight on Music’ capital project, a $36.6 million renovation providing new and innovative education spaces for music.
The District will hold an official ribbon cutting ceremony at Williamsville South High School on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).
“To be able to see the impact of these upgrades is amazing,” said Superintendent Dr. Darren Brown-Hall. “The new facilities will provide an unparalleled experience for our school community. I want to thank the architects, engineers, consultants and facilities crews for their extraordinary work, not only to complete this project, but for their continued dedication throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic. A special thank you goes out to the Board of Education for their support with this phenomenal educational endeavor.”
In total, nearly 24,000 square feet of additional music education spaces, including new band, orchestra, and chorus practice rooms, were added.
“Music Education is extremely unifying and has created a positive, uplifting community in our school. Having an incredible new music wing has made us more appreciative of the opportunities this district has provided us, and the life skills we have learned will never be forgotten,” said East Senior and Chorale President Emma Ward. “Above all, the professionally designed room has maximized our potential as an ensemble and we are truly grateful for the new music wing.”
Acoustical and lighting renovations were made to all of the existing music classrooms and auditoriums at the middle and high schools to help provide a more intimate experience between performers and the audience. These renovations will continue to elevate the District’s music education program, which has earned the distinction as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” for 13 consecutive years.
“This investment means a lot to Williamsville South because it truly brings the music students together as a whole,” said Senior Violinist Heather Carey. “Being able to play all together at the same time in a new modern setting allows us to become better musicians. We are very thankful.”
“The music program has been my anchor throughout all four years of high school because it's not just learning how to play music, but learning how to communicate through music,” added Williamsville North Senior Joel Turner, who plays the trumpet. “I've never been the best at communicating, but when I'm performing, I feel like people can truly understand me. I hope that the new facility will help the incoming students feel the same way, because as they say, 'Music is the universal language.”
The Spotlight on Music capital project also included important infrastructure updates such as roof replacements at Transit Middle School and Maple West Elementary, emergency generator and gymnasium bleacher replacement at Williamsville South, and a dehumidification unit replacement at Williamsville East.
“The outstanding music program in Williamsville dates back to when Williamsville had only one high school. Through the years, so many talented musicians have come through the program. Some went on to prestigious careers in music, while the vast majority simply loved making music and supporting music and arts events, and continue to do so today,” said Michael Russo, the District’s Instructional Specialist for Music. “The program outgrew the footprint it occupied many years ago, to the extent that the auditoriums were used as rehearsal spaces every day to accommodate students. The additional and upgraded facilities in the middle schools and high schools will support the continued strength and growth of the program for years to come.”
The new music facilities at Williamsville East and Williamsville North opened in the spring of 2021, while Williamsville South’s opened for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year.
For additional information on the Spotlight on Music Capital Project, please visit: https://www.williamsvillek12.org/departments/facilities/music_project/index.php