Construction has started on a 20,750-square-foot, $7.89 million Conservatory of Music at Piedmont College in Demorest in Habersham County.
The conservatory’s two classrooms, concert hall, nine teaching studios, office space and grand foyer will be completed next fall.
The project is being developed adjacent to the Piedmont Chapel on Central Avenue and will also include renovations of existing space on the lower level of the chapel.
Piedmont College’s degree programs in music performance, church music, music education, musical theatre and arts administration began in 1987.
According to a press release, alumni of the program have been admitted to some of the top graduate music programs in the country, and the college’s performing groups have achieved national acclaim.
More than 200 Piedmont students participate in music academic programs.
“For more than three decades, our music program has produced graduates who have achieved world-class success and developed performing ensembles that have played throughout the nation,” said Piedmont College President James F. Mellichamp, who has served on the music faculty since 1982. “Now, we will have a facility that reflects our outstanding work.”
The addition of a music conservatory has Piedmont officials optimistic about providing broader access to music and arts events in Northeast Georgia. The music department hosts about 40 free public concerts and recitals annually.
“In recent years, Piedmont has enrolled record classes and completed construction projects to enhance academic programs, student life and residential living,” said Thomas A. “Gus” Arrendale III, Chairman of the Piedmont College Board of Trustees. “The Music Conservatory will provide the finest instructional space for our students and signifies Piedmont’s growth and momentum.”