Release Date: April 17, 2009
KSU opens second College of the Arts facility, the Wilson Hall Annex
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Dean Joseph Meeks with KSU benefactor Dr. Bobbie Bailey in the dressing room of the new Wilson Annex
Student Tsuey Wei Seah practicing in one of the new
Benefactor Gwen Halstead inside one of the soundproof music practice rooms where students are able to record and playback their work.
Photos by Cheryl Anderson Brown
KENNESAW, Ga.—For the second time in less than two years, Kennesaw State University has opened a new facility dedicated to music and theater instruction and performance. The Wilson Building Annex opening recognizes the growing importance of KSU’s nationally accredited music and theatre programs, and the university’s continued commitment to providing quality programming and facilities for its students, and staff.
The state-of-the-art building sits between the existing Joe Mack Wilson Building and the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, which opened in November 2007. The facility adds more instructional square footage to the university and includes classrooms, practice rooms and music studios for the School of Music. In addition, there is a 125-seat black box theater for use by the KSU Department of Theatre & Performance Studies. The new theater will provide a more intimate space for smaller casts and original and collaborative productions, while the Wilson Building’s existing 320-seat Stillwell Theater will continue to house main stage plays and musical theater and opera productions.
The Wilson Annex provides much-needed College of the Arts space as the college continues to experience explosive growth in its enrollment, programming and national reputation for excellence. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, KSU’s School of Music offers a liberal arts degree in music and professional degrees in music performance and music education, with new orchestra and opera programs of study added in recent years.
The KSU Department of Theatre & Performance Studies, fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, offers a liberal arts degree in theater and performance studies, with a wide range of courses dedicated to developing its students as scholar-artists.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.