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.
The College constructed a new music facility on the southeast corner of campus that connects 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, which opened in the fall of 2022, houses 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.
The three lead donors of Lycoming College’s new music building announced they have named the facility the Trachte Music Center in honor of the College’s 15th and current president, Kent C. Trachte, Ph.D., and his spouse Sharon R. Trachte, Ph.D., for the Trachtes' leadership, contributions to the College and community, and love and appreciation for music. A formal dedicaton of the Trachte Music Center was held on October 21, 2022. Read more and view photos from the dedication.
Through the generosity of donors who believe in the transformative power of music, both as an academic discipline and performing art, Lycoming College is able to provide members of its campus and the greater Williamsport community with this new state-of-the-art facility, ensuring the gift of music lives on for generations to come.
Support the Trachte Music Center
This $8.5 million project is funded through donations. Gifts of $5,000 or more are recognized on a permanent plaque in the Trachte Music Center.
I would like to support the Trachte Music Center:
Make a Gift
- $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 (5) (4 secured)
- $35,000 — Small Practice Rooms (5) (3 secured)
Naming opportunities start at $35,000. If you are interested in supporting a named space within the Trachte Music Center, please contact Robb Dietrich, Senior Director of Major & Planned Gifts, at email@example.com or 570-321-4401.