MacPhail Center for Music and Austin Public Schools Announce $11 Million Dollar Partnership

MacPhail Center for Music and Austin Public Schools announce a significant boost to their partnership in the form of an $11 million building renovation and addition, thanks to the generous support of The Hormel Foundation.

The project, which includes a 13,750 square-foot second floor addition and 17,850 square feet of alterations to the Austin High School Annex building, will be financed by Austin Public Schools over a 15-year time period. The Hormel Foundation has committed up to $8.7 million toward the financing of this project.

The renovations are the next phase in supporting MacPhail Center for Music’s presence in Austin, Minnesota, which began in 2015. The MacPhail Access Site will include 11 classrooms and instruction studios of various sizes to support individual lessons and ensemble training, music therapy programming and early childhood music programming.

The renovation will provide the Austin High School music programs with facilities for band, orchestra, a music library and practice rooms. A percussion studio, recording studio and performance classroom will be shared by both.

“This remarkable new music facility will reflect the strong collaboration that has developed between MacPhail, Austin Public Schools and The Hormel Foundation,” said Kyle Carpenter, CEO, MacPhail Center for Music, and a member of the National Guild board of trustees. “It is a testament to the value that Austin places on exceptional arts learning opportunities for the community’s students and residents.”

You can learn more about MacPhail and the Austin partnership here.

Published: March 26, 2018