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A Greater Hope Center for Musical Arts Will Soon Soar honor of Miller for his lifetime of generosity to the college, will include two performance venues, classrooms, practice rooms, faculty studios and office space for the department of music. The 64,000-square-foot complex will be built along Columbia Avenue between 9th and 10th streets. The center will make a lasting difference at the college and in the greater Holland area, playing an important role in both music performance and music education at Hope, in addition to serving as a venue for performances and other activities by community organizations. The total cost for the project is $35 million, which includes construction costs and an endowment for maintenance. The center was inspired by an initial lead gift to the campaign from Richard and Helen DeVos and brought to fruition by the major gift from Miller. “I am excited and proud to make this gift to Hope College. The students of Hope deserve a new world class facility for music instruction and performance,” Miller said. “I have had a lifelong love of all arts, especially music. This gift is for the students of Hope so they can use their talents and grow and go on to do wonderful things with their lives.” Miller, who resides in Grand Haven, Mich., and Naples, Fla., led the Howard Miller Company for 48 years until retiring in 2002. The company was founded by his father, Howard C. Miller, in 1926. The “Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts” will be located directly across the street from the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication, which was made possible by a gift from Martha Miller’s estate and other contributions from members of the Miller family in honor of their mother and grandmother. Hope announced in June a major gift from Jack H. Miller ’54 that is enabling the college to begin construction this fall on the concert hall and music facility that is one of the significant components of the A Greater Hope comprehensive campaign. The new center, which is being named the “Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts” in A dream is about to become a reality. “I am excited and proud to make this gift to Hope College. The students of Hope deserve a new world class facility for music instruction and performance. I have had a lifelong love of all arts, especially music. This gift is for the students of Hope so they can use their talents and grow and go on to do wonderful things with their lives.” — Jack H. Miller ’54 6 News News From From Hope Hope College College

Center for Musical Arts Will Soon Soar

Jack H. Miller

<br /> “I am excited and proud to make this gift to Hope College. The students of Hope deserve a new world class facility for music instruction and performance. I have had a lifelong love of all arts, especially music. This gift is for the students of Hope so they can use their talents and grow and go on to do wonderful things with their lives.”<br /> <br /> A dream is about to be come a reality.<br /> <br /> Hope announced in June a major gift from Jack H. Miller ’54 that is enabling the college to begin construction this fall on the concert hall and music facility that is one of the significant components of the A Greater Hope comprehensive campaign.<br /> <br /> The new center, which is being named the “Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts” in honor of Miller for his lifetime of generosity to the college, will include two performance venues, classrooms, practice rooms, faculty studios and office space for the department of music. The 64,000-square-foot complex will be built along Columbia Avenue between 9th and 10th streets.<br /> <br /> The center will make a lasting difference at the college and in the greater Holland area, playing an important role in both music performance and music education at Hope, in addition to serving as a venue for performances and other activities by community organizations.<br /> <br /> The total cost for the project is $35 million, which includes construction costs and an endowment for maintenance. The center was inspired by an initial lead gift to the campaign from Richard and Helen DeVos and brought to fruition by the major gift from Miller.<br /> <br /> “I am excited and proud to make this gift to Hope College. The students of Hope deserve a new world class facility for music instruction and performance,” Miller said. “I have had a life long love of all arts, especially music. This gift is for the students of Hope so they can use their talents and grow and go on to do wonderful things with their lives.”<br /> <br /> Miller, who resides in Grand Haven, Mich., and Naples, Fla., led the Howard Miller Company for 48 years until retiring in 2002. The company was founded by his father, Howard C. Miller, in 1926.<br /> <br /> The “Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts” will be located directly across the street from the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication, which was made possible by a gift from Martha Miller’s estate and other contributions from members of the Miller family in honor of their mother and grandmother.<br /> <br /> The Miller family’s involvement with Hope spans more than 90 years. Martha, who died in May 1999, was a 1924 Hope graduate. Jack’s siblings, Connie Miller ’58 Johnston and Philip Miller ’65, and all of Jack’s children— Sue Miller ’81 DenHerder, Buzz Miller ’84 and Meg Miller ’86 Willit—are also alumni.<br /> <br /> “Both Hope and the Holland community have dreamed of an acoustically superior concert hall for many years, and our music students and faculty have long deserved better space for instruction, rehearsals and performance,” said Dr. James E. Bultman ’63, who was in the closing weeks of his presidency when the gift was announced in June. “We are grateful to the many donors whose support has made the center possible, and especially appreciate now the transforming legacy gift from Jack H. Miller that makes what was once a dream a reality.”<br /> <br /> The centerpiece of the new building will be an 800-seat concert hall featuring both main-floor and balcony seating. The facility will also house a smaller recital hall seating approximately 125 for more intimate performances.<br /> <br /> Instructional space will include dedicated rehearsal space for the college’s several choral and instrumental ensembles, 17 individual practice rooms, an updated piano lab, a computer lab, a percussion studio, a recording studio and two general-use classrooms. The building also includes 24 faculty teaching studios and offices.<br /> <br /> The department of music presents more than 125 performances, clinics, workshops and recitals each year. Hope also features concerts through programs such as the long-running Great Performance Series. In addition to hosting performances, the space will support learning by hundreds of students each semester.<br /> <br /> Hope is making a priority of developing partnerships with community organizations like the Holland Symphony Orchestra, Holland Chorale and Grand Rapids Symphony that could benefit from the performance space. The vision is for the center to become not only a venue for professional groups, but also a resource for area music teachers and area schools for conferences, competitions, and recitals.<br /> <br /> The “Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts” will be an anchor of the developing arts corridor along Columbia Avenue between 8th and 14th streets. The arts corridor includes the college’s Dow Center—home to the department of dance, DeWitt Center—home to the department of theatre and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, De Pree Art Center and Gallery, the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication, and the Kruizenga Art Museum (soon to be under construction).<br /> <br /> The “Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts” will replace Nykerk Hall of Music which was constructed in 1956 when Hope’s enrollment was 1,100 students. Enrollment this past year was more than 3,300. Hope College and Holland have never had a venue dedicated strictly for music performance. Over the years, musicians and ensembles have performed at the Holland Civic Center, area high schools, large churches, Dimnent Chapel, Wichers Auditorium in Nykerk Hall of Music, and the Knickerbocker Theatre.<br /> <br /> Completion of the new music center will also facilitate additional campus development. The site in the central campus currently occupied by Nykerk Hall of Music will become home to the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center. The 42,000-square-foot student center will be connected to the existing DeWitt Student and Cultural Center, and is envisioned as a campus “family room” that will include a lounge for socializing, a multi-purpose room with links to an adjacent patio for a variety of program possibilities, a theatre that will host the long-running student film series, speakers and other events, a small prayer chapel, office and work space for multiple student organizations, and a state-of-the-art food and coffee area.<br /> <br /> Additional details concerning groundbreaking and the start of construction will be forthcoming in the coming weeks. More information is available online.<br /> <br /> Completion of the center is anticipated in the fall of 2015.<br /> hope.edu/nfhc<br /> <br /> The largest single fundraising effort in the college’s history, the $175 million A Greater Hope comprehensive campaign will benefit every student as it strengthens the college’s endowment, adds several new buildings, and supports immediate needs through the annual Hope Fund. For more information, and to explore supporting the college through the campaign, please visit Hope on-line at campaign.hope.edu or contact Mary Remenschneider, campaign director, at remenschneider@hope.edu or (616) 395-7775.

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