The transformative power of music

Lycoming College has a rich history of music, not just as an academic major or minor, but also as a beloved co-curricular activity for students studying a myriad of academic programs. Every year, more than 200 students engage in music making on campus through their participation in choir, band, orchestra, chamber groups, small ensembles, private lessons, and recitals.

Exterior view of the new music facility

The College will construct a new music facility on the southeast corner of campus that will connect to the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. This facility represents the first significant capital investment in the music program in more than 75 years. The 14,000 square foot building, slated to open in the fall of 2022, will house a signature rehearsal and recital space, classrooms, soundproof practice rooms, and offices for music faculty. While Clarke Chapel will no longer house the music program, it will remain one of the campus’s most iconic performance, worship, and community spaces.

Through the generosity of donors who believe in the transformative power of music, both as an academic discipline and performing art, Lycoming College can provide members of its campus and the greater Williamsport community with a new state-of-the-art facility, ensuring the gift of music lives on for generations to come.

Exterior view of the new music facility

Support the New Music Facility

This $5.5 million project will be funded through donations. Gifts of $5,000 or more will be recognized on a permanent plaque in the new music facility. Alumni of Lycoming’s music program supporting the project at this level will also have the opportunity to honor the music faculty who were transformational in their lives. These distinguished faculty members will be honored with a physical tribute so that future Warriors may know of their contributions to the College’s rich musical tradition.

I would like to support the new Music Facility project:

Make a Gift

Music Facility Naming Opportunities

  • $2,000,000 — Music Facility Naming Gift (secured)
  • $1,000,000 — Rehearsal Hall (secured)
  • $1,000,000 — Plaza (secured)
  • $500,000 — Atrium (secured)
  • $250,000 — Music Library & Resource Room (secured)
  • $250,000 — Mezzanine (secured)
  • $150,000 — Classroom (secured)
  • $50,000 — Large Practice Rooms (3) (3 secured)
  • $35,000 — Small Practice Rooms (8) (8 secured)

Naming opportunities start at $35,000. If you are interested in supporting a named space within the new Music Facility, please contact Robb Dietrich, Senior Director of Major & Planned Gifts, at or 570-321-4401.

Rehearsal Hall Rendering

Become an Alumni Advocate

The College is seeking alumni to help raise awareness of the overall vision for the future of music at Lycoming by reconnecting with friends and former classmates. As a volunteer, you will be empowered to speak knowledgably about the building project and the music program.

We will provide you with a one hour virtual training session and a follow-up phone call with a member of the Advancement team to identify who you wish to contact. You determine your time commitment after that, and we are grateful for any connections you make on behalf of this exciting project!

If you are interested in becoming an Alumni Advocate, please contact Drew Boyles ’11, Development Officer, at or 570-321-4199.

Outside Rehearsal Hall, Second Floor


State grant to help college with new music facility

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette writes about a $500,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant awarded to the College that will support a $5.5 million construction project set to begin in Spring 2021.

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Planning for New Music Building Underway

During the winter board retreat in January of 2019, the trustees of Lycoming College toured campus to evaluate the institution’s facilities and identify priorities for capital improvements and renovations. The results of that evaluation have already resulted in significant renovations to two wings of the Academic Center and plans to renovate the Heim Science Building over the next several years. Also identified as an institutional priority was the need for better facilities for the College’s music program.

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View of the Music Facility Atrium