Oregon State University's efforts to raise the money for a new $60 million arts and education complex on its Corvallis campus have received a $2 million boost.
The university Wednesday announced it had received a gift commitment from the family of a Portland-area arts advocate to build a new concert hall as part of the complex.
The $2 million gift, from the family of the late Lynne Detrick of West Linn, will help develop what OSU hopes will be an acoustically superior concert hall that would seat between 400 to 600 people. Larry Rodgers, dean of OSU's College of Liberal Arts, said the idea is to create a space that would be ideal for relatively intimate music performances, such as choir concerts, recitals and chamber music programs.
The space, to be dubbed Lynne Detrick Hall, will double as a classroom, although Rodgers said "music is the focal point of this part of the building."
Detrick, a teacher and writer who graduated from OSU in 1968, co-founded Music and Arts Partners, an organization that supports arts education in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. She and her husband, George, previously made gifts to support OSU music programs, including investments in instruments, technology, arts entrepreneurship and marching bands.
OSU last year announced plans for the arts complex, an expansion and enhancement of the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. in Corvallis. The facility is intended to house OSU's music and theater programs along with other initiatives.
At that time, OSU also said it had received a $25 million gift for the project from an anonymous donor in the Portland area. OSU officials have been working since then to raise an additional $5 million and plan to approach a future Legislature for approval of a matching $30 million in state bonds. The current timeline calls for the facility to open in 2022.
Plans also call for the center's Austin Auditorium, which now seats about 1,200, to be enhanced. The finished complex also could include classrooms, practice rooms for musicians, shop space, faculty offices and seminar rooms.