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Kutztown University breaks ground on music center

Kutztown University has a growing collection of rare musical artifacts that will soon be on display for everyone to admire at a new building on campus.

The construction of the building, which was made possible through contributions from the Kutztown University Foundation, got underway this week. The facility will be home to the university’s growing collection of music, photos and artifacts, along with the rare and valuable vintage collection of mallet percussion instruments that have been acquired over three decades.

“This moment would not be possible without the strong partnership of Kutztown University or the support of our donors,” said Scott Dorn, president of the Kutztown University Foundation’s board of directors. “We are grateful for your generosity towards our shared goal to continue to enhance educational opportunities for our students, faculty, staff and the community at large.”

The 13,250-square-foot building will include a performance space in addition to rooms dedicated to each of the university’s specialized collections of rare marimbas, xylophones, vibraphones, bells, steel pans and chimes.

The Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research will be a working facility, open to students as well as researchers, and will allow access to play the instruments as well as view one-of-a-kind materials unique to this center.

“It is it my privilege to announce that an anonymous donor has provided a matching gift of $250,000 to double all funds raised for this project,” said Alex Ogeka, executive director of the Kutztown University Foundation. “I am humbled by this generosity, and I invite everyone to make a gift to help us maximize the impact of this match.”

Source: Berkshire mont

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