The Boston Conservatory, which offers graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance, and musical theater, said it is seeking to raise $21 million that will support the completion of a new rehearsal and performance building and strengthen its endowment.
The campaign, described as the conservatory’s biggest fund-raising effort to day, is titled, “Exceeding Expectations: The 150th Anniversary Campaign.”
One part of this effort looks to complete a 20,000-square-foot building at 132 Ipswich St. that will be used as orchestra rehearsal space, dance studios, and instructional and performance spaces. More than $4.6 million of the building’s $7 million budget has been raised so far from the friends of the conservatory. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the summer.
“By putting new studios for dance, theater, and music under one roof, in close proximity, the Ipswich building becomes an exciting creative cauldron,” conservatory president Richard Ortner said in a statement. “And the design is intentional in that way—not only are we building the dedicated, specialized spaces our faculty and students need for their individual work; we’re also creating opportunities for synthesis, for collaboration, and multidisciplinary work that is the unique ‘value-added’ at the Boston Conservatory.”
In addition to funding the Ipswich building and strengthening the endowment, the campaign seeks to raise $4 million toward the conservatory’s annual fund, which finances the day-to-day operations and makes possible the intensive training that the conservatory provides to its students.