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Wheeling Jesuit celebrates new conservatory

Updated: Sunday, November 17 2013, 05:38 PM EST

By: Celina Pompeani

Two years after the demolition of the Mount De Chantal visitation academy, Wheeling Jesuit University is bring memories of the Mount back to life in their brand new music conservatory, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony taking place on Sunday.

The Sisters Gallery has original artifacts of the building, which brings back memories to past graduates.

"My heart was so happy I can't even express it. Just to see those things I remember so well from my days there," said Lillian Cale, 1962 graduate of Mount De Chantal.

Original items are now placed in the conservatory, including the original door to the school, now incorporated into an entrance for the sisters of the visitation gallery, chandeliers, the original tin ceiling and the art work.

Kathryn Kelly, the special officer for the University Initiatives and Donor Relations,said the construction started back in July and she is so happy to share the new space with the community.

"We have a beautiful recital hall, a gallery devoted to the Sisters of The Visitation and Mound De Chantal. It's a wonderful place for our students to learn, to be taught music, and to have other classes to perform and practice," said Kelly.

Kelly said her favorite part is the Sisters Gallery because, having been a 1979 graduate of the Mount herself, it brings memories back to life.

"It's huge for me as a Mount graduate to be able to preserve the Mount's legacy and to actually do it here in Wheeling is very, very special," said Kelly.

Kelly said they have a music minor program at the school and students are increasingly becoming involved in their musical activities.

Wheeling Jesuit celebrates new conservatory

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