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VC plans to add acoustic shell to Leo J. Welder Center

By BY CAROLINA ASTRAIN - CASTRAIN@VICAD.COM
Feb. 24, 2013 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 23, 2013 at 8:24 p.m.

Sue Prudhomme

Sue Prudhomme

Better acoustics are on the horizon for Victoria College's public performance center.

The purchase of an acoustic shell will be considered by the college board of trustees at a special meeting Monday afternoon.

Sue Prudhomme, VC's director of cultural affairs, said the new shell would allow the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts to reach more in the community.

"The shell will make the building's acoustics sound better for our choir and nonamplified performances," Prudhomme said. "The shell will broaden our opportunities for different types of presentations and opportunities. We want to see more events happening at the facility."

The estimated cost for the shell is $70,000, said Prudhomme.

Funds for the new shell have been provided by the Cloyde and Ethel Lee Tracy Foundation. The Welder Center received a $90,000 grant for the purchase and implementation of the acoustic shell.

Prudhomme has reserved three weeks for the addition of the shell.

The board members will also consider an investment in hiring an exhibit designer for the Museum of the Coastal Bend's La Salle Odyssey exhibit.

"As far as the museum and Welder Center go, they both serve the students and public," said VC board chairman Ronald B. Walker. "We want to have the best possible facilities for teaching our students and at the same time provide access to the general public."


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