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Wheeling Jesuit to open Conservatory of Music

Updated: Monday, November 11 2013, 05:38 PM EST

By Jon Rudder

WHEELING, W.Va - The Mt. De Chantal Conservatory of Music will open its doors to students and guests this weekend at Wheeling Jesuit as a new performing arts center for the university and a museum of artifacts from the old school.

Two years after its demolition, a piece of Mt. De Chantal is being brought back to life, complete with artifacts that will both honor the Sisters of the Visitation and allow part of the school's tradition to continue on.

The space service as the performing arts center consists of seats that can be reconfigured for performance or class.

"Music was a large part of Mt. De Chantal as were the other arts, and we wanted to increase our arts programing here at Wheeling Jesuit," Kathryn Kelly, director of University Initiatives and Donor Relations said.

The stage is even adorned with a grand piano. The original door to the school is now incorporated into an entrance for the Sisters of the Visitation gallery. Inside, artwork waits to be hung on the walls and chandeliers are suspended from the ceo;omg -- re-polished and refurbished to add a touch of the old school.

"It's a continuation of the legacy of Mt. De Chantal in Wheeling, in terms of the items of Mt. De Chantal that the sisters and others have donated," Kelly said.

That support has allowed other relics to now call the conservancy home, including an original lavender-tinted window to welcome in guests and tie in a new place to perform, and a center for graduates to reunite.

"Having this piece of the Mount still here in Wheeling for the alumni to enjoy and to gather around, I think is going to be a tremendous benefit for all of us," Kelly said.

Wheeling Jesuit to open Conservatory of Music


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