December 3, 2023

MSOE opens new music conservatory constructing

MSOE’s Patricia E. Kern Conservatory of Music is positioned at 308 E. Juneau Ave. in downtown Milwaukee.

A historic downtown Milwaukee residence that after served as housing for Milwaukee Faculty of Engineering college students is now a spot for the rising variety of avid musicians on the faculty to apply, collect and rehearse.

MSOE first introduced in February that it bought the 135-year-old construction at 308 E. Juneau Ave., with plans to show it into the Patricia E. Kern Conservatory of Music.

This week, the school opened the brand new facility to the general public.

“The Patricia E. Kern Conservatory of Music might be residence to MSOE’s music applications, giving college students ample house to pursue their musical ardour, domesticate their creativity, and rehearse with their friends,” mentioned MSOE president John Walz, Ph.D. in February. “We’re grateful for the assist of our college neighborhood in making this dream a actuality for our college students, notably our alumni and associates who’ve made this stunning new student-focused house attainable.”

On Monday, Walz was among the many dozens of workers and college students on the engineering faculty touring the brand new constructing whereas scholar musicians performed every little thing from trombones to the electrical guitar inside its 10 apply rooms.

Within the band

Though MSOE doesn’t have music majors per se, it does have a number of music ensembles just like the Live performance Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra, Live performance Choir, Pep Band and Jazz Combo.

Music applications are educational and non-academic alternatives, which means college students taking part in a number of the ensembles can obtain credit score towards their commencement, mentioned Alexa Deacon, director of campus life for MSOE.

“College students have been asking for this for a while. Music applications began about seven or eight years in the past, and since these applications began, scholar musicians have persistently been asking for a spot to apply and rehearse,” Deacon mentioned.

Matthew Timm, an industrial engineering scholar at MSOE, is a member of six of the seven music applications. He performs piano, tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. He additionally sings.

“I might by no means have anticipated a spot to love this to exist at MSOE, and I’m very glad this has been made attainable,” he mentioned.

In line with metropolis property information, MSOE bought the 4,412-square-foot residential constructing in December 2021 for $600,300. Constructed in 1888, the nine-bedroom, three-bathroom property had most just lately served as a triplex and the final homeowners had been U.S. District Choose Lynn Adelman and his spouse Elizabeth Adelman.

Patricia E. Kern, who was awarded an honorary physician of humane letters diploma from MSOE in 2000, co-founded the Kern Household Basis in 1998 together with her husband Robert Kern after they offered City of Genesee-based Generac Energy Methods, which they based in 1959. She supported a number of organizations, together with MSOE and Mission Lead The Method. The Kern Middle on campus can also be named in her honor.

“Pat and Bob Kern had been devoted supporters of MSOE and its college students,” mentioned Walz in a February press launch. “Pat had a love for singing and music and a ardour for paying it ahead, so it’s becoming that the brand new devoted house for music at MSOE be named in her honor.”