New concert hall at OSU to honor Portland arts advocate

(Oregon State University)

Oregon State University is planning to build a new concert hall, as part of an upcoming $60 million arts and education complex on the Corvallis campus.

The concert hall comes from the gift of the family of the late Lynne Detrick of West Linn, who has promised to contribute $2 million.

The hall is expected to seat 400-600 people, becoming the school's primary space for public music performances. It was also double as a classroom.

“We couldn’t be more grateful to the Detricks and are thrilled that the new concert hall will honor Lynne,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “She cared deeply about making the arts accessible to everyone, and she was determined OSU would have facilities that match the excellence of our music program. With the help of this very generous gift, we will do so.”

Detrick was a teacher and writer who graduated from OSU in 1968. She co-founded Music and Arts Partners, an organization that supports arts education in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. She passed away in December 2016, six months after being diagnosed with cancer.

The concert hall, which will be named for Detrick, will provide the university with an intimate space designed for music performance.

“We want Lynne Detrick Hall to be recognized up and down the coast as one of the most beautiful places to hear music, both visually/aesthetically and acoustically,” said Steven Zielke, the Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music and director of choral studies at Oregon State. “It will be a space that encourages students to make music, and that encourages audiences to hear it and be changed by it.”

The arts complex is expected to open in 2022.

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