Several of the University’s main performance spaces in Shea Center have received major upgrades, providing a greatly enhanced environment for the music department. “We care deeply about our music program,” said President Kathleen Waldron during a recent reception to mark the completion of the projects. “Our music department has lived with old facilities for a very long time. We are proud to celebrate our investment in these programs, which have national and international reputations, and as well as the investment in excellence made by our faculty and students.” Two large rooms in Shea have been completely transformed, providing modern and aesthetically pleasing venues for faculty, student, and guest performances. Shea 101, which serves as a recital hall and instructional space, has been totally redesigned, with new acoustics, a new stage, fixed seating, lighting, control booth, and interior finishes. Shea 103, a rehearsal space for large ensembles, has been renovated with new acoustical treatments, audiovisual capabilities, and interior finishes. Shea Auditorium has received a significant interior renovation, including new seats, paint, flooring, and retrofitted lighting that is also energy efficient. The seating replaced forty-year-old chairs, many of which were broken beyond repair. In addition, six new soundproof practice rooms have been created in Gaedes Hall on campus.