Hitting a high note
Peddie's expanded arts center marks a watershed moment for arts programming at Peddie.
See a video of the expanded arts center here.
A quality production is worth the wait. This one, of Peddie’s expanded arts center, is no exception.
The spacious complex is the culmination of three years of thoughtful strategy and two more of construction — of dreams becoming tangible brick and mortar, of excitement escalating as each beam and pane of glass was placed. From the groundbreaking in May of 2021 to the center’s completion in August 2022, passersby marveled at how much the edifice was brought to life from week to week, even from day to day.
Now that the expansion to the arts center is finished, there’s a lot to celebrate.
The completion of the expanded center marks a watershed moment for Peddie’s rapidly growing arts programming. Two stories and 12,500 square feet were added stories and 12,500 square feet were added and lower levels of the arts center’s 4,600 square feet. It includes the state-of-the-art Ding Music Hall, “a visually and aurally spectacular addition that provides flexibility in performing arts scheduling,” said Head of School Peter Quinn.
Along with easing competition between programs, students and faculty are enjoying larger exhibition and gallery space, additional music practice studios and updated classrooms.
“Every aspect of the arts program has improved facilities,” said Quinn.
Creativity and risk-taking flourish amid plenty of space. The new arts center invites playful exploration in music, visual arts and drama.
“The expansion exemplifies Peddie’s commitment of providing students with an excellent education, and teachers with the facilities and tools to guide students beyond typical confines to the edges of their imagination,” said Arts Department Chair Alan Michaels.
“Peddie 2022–2023, with upgraded arts facilities, is the best version of Peddie that I have known, and it may be the best version of Peddie in its history.”
Peddie’s new arts center represents a longtime dream realized. It’s a profound way of encouraging our gifted arts students who already think big to think even bigger.
You want excitement?
The students show it best. Read on.
The updates that have been made to the black box theater and Ms. Sherman's classroom as a result of the new building are incredible and I can't wait to rehearse in these new spaces.
IMOGEN DALE ’24 (THEATER)
As a visual artist who is easily influenced by the people around me, I am excited to create my senior year work in a space that encourages collaboration and discussion, which is atypical for art classrooms in most schools.
MADINAH DRINKARD ’23 (VISUAL ARTS)
As soon as the building was open, I ran to test the practice rooms and the new performance hall.
CALEB SOLIDUM ’23 (MUSIC)
It has been surreal to play in the Ding Music Hall. Performing in this space has been transformative for me as a musician.
LEENA MIRCHANDANI ’25 (MUSIC)
The AP Classroom is over two times the size of last year's classroom. With tall ceilings, large windows and doors leading outside. The spaciousness is incredibly useful to me as a 3D artist, as I no longer have to keep my projects small in order to conform to previous limitations.