Carnegie Hall Opens New Education Wing

Carnegie Hall, Manhattan’s esteemed music venue, celebrated the opening of their new Resnick Education Wing on September 20 and 21 with their Open House and Family Day. The new wing boasts 61,000 square feet of space dedicated to music education, including ensemble rooms, teaching studios, and practice rooms. In 2010, many of Carnegie’s education activities were held off-site in various locations. Four years and $230 million later, Carnegie Hall has centralized those activities within the confines of the new Resnick wing’s 24 rooms. If one thing is clear from this change, it is that Carnegie Hall is placing a new profound emphasis on the importance of education. The new space will make life easier for the professional post-graduate musicians in Ensemble ACJW, the music education program that is the brainchild of Carnegie Hall, Weill Music Institute, and the Julliard School. But the wing will also be open to the public with interactive events, workshops, and master classes. Even educators will enjoy professional development activities and workshops to help refine their skills. Carnegie Hall has been standing for over a century, but new renovations that came with the Resnick Education Wing upgrade have made the building more energy efficient. Though many architectural features have been maintained--like the original steel trusses and vaulted ceilings--other upgrades promise to earn Carnegie Hall the LEED Silver certification. The massive renovation also included a roof terrace, a feature that the building’s original architect envisioned back in the 19th century. It will serve as a gathering place where performers and concertgoers can congregate when it is not being rented out for private functions. After all, Carnegie Hall has built new kitchens to accommodate its ever-expanding event business. Carnegie’s new addition is bound to make big ripples in the music industry. The legendary venue is truly giving new meaning to the importance of learning music.