Since the 1950s, generations of students on Bison Hill have honed their musical talents inside Ford Music Hall, the primary practice facility for OBU’s Division of Music and home to the OBU Music Preparatory Department. Originally constructed in 1951 after a generous donation from the Ford family, the iconic building is undergoing a major renovation in fulfillment of part of the Vision for a New Century Campaign.
With the building in need of update and repairs for today’s students, a new vision has emerged for the future of this iconic OBU landmark to become Ford Hall, a space for all areas of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts to come together.
Renovations include a new foyer, modernized practice rooms, large recording spaces, new offices, labs and studios, while the top floor retains much of its classic look. To further student safety, the building will feature keyless card access. A new heating and cooling system will combat the humidity issues that impact the tuning and sound of the various instruments.
From a construction standpoint, the renovation costs $1.5 million. Friends of the university have provided resources for the initial construction, but the university is still seeking support for furnishing the building, including audio equipment, instruments and furniture.
Additional support will help make it possible for students of the College of Fine Arts to perfect their craft as they learn to use their talents while collaborating together in this re-imagined space. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the legacy of Ford Hall will continue to touch the lives of future Bison and impact students in all Fine Arts disciplines.