Mount de Chantal Conservatory Construction Nearing Completion
In its design, the conservatory will feature original Mount de Chantal tin ceiling, chandeliers, fleur-de-lis stair treads and decorative hardware. The 800-pound bell, which hung hidden in a tower for generations, will be mounted outside the building so that visitors can see and touch it.
Many of the items to be displayed were donated by the Visitation Sisters, who also made a leadership gift to Wheeling Jesuit for the conservatory and established the Mount de Chantal Music Scholarship fund. WJU recently awarded the first scholarship to incoming freshman Samantha Herrington of Bethel Park, Pa.
Wheeling Jesuit also has received support for the conservatory from the Albert Schenk III and Kathleen H. Schenk Charitable Trust, an anonymous local foundation and many friends and alumnae of Mount de Chantal and Wheeling Jesuit University. A total of $1 million has been committed to date.
In addition to making possible the facility's construction, as well as the acquisition and restoration of antiques and artwork, this support has enabled the university to add a director of instrumental music and university bands. Named to that position in April was James Gourlay, who helped the university build and develop its symphonic band over the past two years. The WJU Symphonic Band performs on campus regularly with the River City Brass, also directed by Gourlay.
In addition to the symphonic band, the university's students participate in the WJU Pep Band, which entertains spectators at athletic events, and four choirs that sing at masses and perform on and off campus
For more information contact Kathryn Kelly at 304-243-8160.
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