A New Home for ECMS


On Saturday, October 22, 2005, in the Miller Center Atrium, we had a small dedication ceremony for Messinger Hall, our future home at 10 Gibbs Street. Messinger Hall honors the memory of Anne Waltuck Messinger, mother of Martin E. Messinger, member of the Eastman School of Music Board of Managers and University of Rochester Trustee. Messinger, the primary donor, (pictured on the homepage with his wife Joan), was there with three generations of his extended family! Also present were University President Joel Seligman, Eastman School Dean James Undercofler, and several local political leaders, including Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson.

It was wonderful having the Community Music School receive so much attention. Our school is much loved and appreciated by so many.

The afternoon included some wonderful performances by our students. One of our jazz combos performed before the ceremony, Wes Nance‘s trumpet ensemble (Evan Henry, Katherine Ludington, Kristopher Westrich, Joshua Osgood, and John Roberts) performed a fanfare by Eastman Professor of Composition David Liptak during the ceremony, and the Ryck Trio (Elena, Angela, and Stephen Ryck) played at the post-ceremony party. They were all absolutely wonderful!

Next year, when Messinger Hall actually is open and being used, we will have a Community Music School-wide ceremony, inviting our entire faculty, staff, and students – and their families – to celebrate!

Howard Potter
Associate Dean for Continuing and Community Education