U of W Collegiate Opening New Performance Space

By Brian Schultz

University of WinnipegThe University of Winnipeg is renovating Bryce Hall to make way for an expanded performing arts program through the Collegiate at UWinnipeg.

The program will enable high school students to take music lessons and earn credits on its downtown campus.

The space will be renovated from January through May 2014, creating a modern, acoustically-treated suite of 10 studios, a large classroom and office space to accommodate the music program. The Collegiate will use the large, newly constructed music room for its ensembles and classes.

The two-floor, 4,800-square-foot facility will be shared by both the Collegiate and the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, which will relocate from its current space in the Exchange District.

The expanded curriculum will begin next fall with courses in instrumental music and choral music for students in grades nine through 12. The Collegiate is also planning to include musical programs, such as concert band as well as jazz, choral music, and wind ensembles. Dual credits in music are also being planned for future.