University in Nitra opens unique pavilion for musicians

The Pavilion of Music offers students a sound lab, ballet hall, multi-purpose room and several classrooms for theory classes starting in late-May.

The Pavilion of Music of Constantine the Philosopher University in NitraThe Pavilion of Music of Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra (Source: TASR)

The new premises of Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra are unique by their nature, function and architecture. Used mainly by the Department of Music of the Pedagogical Institute that prepares future music teachers, professional musicians and dancers, the pavilion can serve a total of 1,000 students including those of cultural, pre-school and elementary pedagogy and mass-media communication studies.

The Department of Music offers the only degree programme for teaching musical-dramatic art in Slovakia.

“We taught in relatively inconvenient conditions where students could not play and rehearse,” said Eva Szórádová, dean of the Pedagogical Institute, as quoted by the SITA newswire. “In addition, we interfered with all the other departments because the premises in the old building are not sound-proof.

In near future, the multi-purpose room will get an organ, and the ballet hall will get additional equipment for efficient utilization. Another room of the pavilion, the sound lab, will be used by students and teachers for acoustic research and recording.

“We explored historical premises in terms of acoustics, behaviour of sound and their appropriateness for concerts of different musical ensembles,” Pavol Brezina, assistant professor at the Department of Music, told SITA.

Construction works took place between July 2014 and September 2015 and the new building passed inspection on December 15, 2015.

“The cost reached more than €2.8 million, of which a large part we covered by the structural funds of the European Union,” said Ľubomír Zelenický, Rector of the university, as quoted by SITA. “The university contributed with more than €400,000.”

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