A NEW, $3M purpose built music centre was officially opened at Goulburn Valley Grammar School last week, and in honour of the local Hunter family’s contributions to the school, the new centre was aptly named the W.B. Hunter Music Centre.
Having been in full operation since the beginning of the year, the centre will be utilised by the school as a recital room, instrumental tuition studios, music classrooms and practice studios.
The multi-million dollar project included the creation of a dedicated recital space, new and redeveloped music classrooms, instrumental tuition studios for individuals and groups, practice rooms for individuals and ensembles, the regeneration of the Founders Hall and foyer area through integration and connections, the inclusion of extensive storage and all rooms were designed to optimise acoustic qualities including sound insulation.
Principal, Mark Torriero said, “We are delighted with both the form and function of the centre. Students and staff alike are delighted to be using the new centre and have praised its design and utility.
“The school engaged architects Williams Boag to design the project. Following extensive consultation with staff and students the resultant signature project reflects the school’s ethos, the aims of the music program and the landmark location of the project facing Verney Road and the school’s entrance.
“While learning and academic achievement must always be the key priority for the school, we remain deeply committed to promoting the development of well-balanced young women and men of character. It is through experiences such as music that such holistic growth and development occurs.
“The budget of $3M for the music centre is the largest project undertaken by the school since foundation. The project has been fully funded by the school community and was possible due to the careful financial management of the board and finance committee and the generosity of the school community.
“Goulburn Valley Grammar School recognises the generosity of David and Cheryl Hunter for their major donation to the music centre appeal. They have asked that their donation be recognised in memory of the life and service of Mr W.B. Hunter, OAM. Since the school’s foundation, Mr W.B. Hunter was an enthusiastic supporter, making a major gift as one of the original trustees. In recognition of this recent gift and his long-term support, the school board named the facility the W.B. Hunter Music Centre.”