Mary Baldwin College and the Heifetz International Music Institute are joining forces on a key capital project to celebrate their partnership as they approach two milestones: Mary Baldwin’s upcoming 175th anniversary and the Heifetz Institute’s 20th anniversary. They are raising funds for a renovation of the James D. Francis Auditorium, site of dozens of concerts, lectures, convocations, and classes each year on Mary Baldwin’s main campus.
The first phase of the project, to be completed in time for the first Heifetz concert of the summer 2016 season in early July, includes installing new seats and efficient modern lighting, replacing the carpet, and repainting the walls. A second phase would include enhancements to the performance area at the front of the auditorium.
The Institute and College are working through the Community Foundation of Central Blue Ridge to raise $200,000 from donors with a special affinity for the arts. Contributors to the Take your Seat fundraising campaign will be recognized with their names on the seats in the auditorium.
This is such an important moment for both Mary Baldwin and the Heifetz Institute as we celebrate our institutional milestones and our partnership,” said MBC President Pamela Fox. “Each of us is committed to contributing in a substantial way to the quality of life here in Staunton.
In Mary Baldwin and in Staunton we have found our true home,” said Daniel Heifetz, founder and artistic director of the Heifetz International Music Institute. “The support of Mary Baldwin, the city of Staunton and this wonderful community of arts lovers and friends has exceeded all our expectations and hopes.
If you are interested in supporting this initiative, we invite you to begin by reviewing the seating chart and contribution details.