The new 69,500 SF Music Building at the Texas A&M University Commerce is designed to respond to the rapidly growing needs of the University’s music program. The original music facility was built to accommodate 60 music majors and was housing more than double that amount. As projections for music majors grow, the University chose to build a state-of-the-art music facility that has the education and performance facilities to satisfy current and future needs.
Sited at the campus main entrance, the Music Building is designed to reflect the aesthetic and materials of musical instruments, while acting as a gateway to the entire campus. The brick, stone, and wood panels of the exterior, and patterned glass carry through to the interior for a unified integration of materials.
*associate architect HGA Architects
Educational spaces consist of music classrooms, administrative offices and faculty studios, as well as rehearsal and performance spaces. The building design is centered around a two-level, 600 seat Performance Hall and a more intimate 75 seat Recital Hall. A two-story, light-filled lobby with full height patterned glazing along the south facade provides access to both performance spaces and serves as a reception space. The lobby also extends outside to a large covered patio providing opportunities for informal gatherings.