13 Jul Seagle Music Colony breaks ground on new housing facility
SCHROON LAKE — Seagle Music Colony will hold a ground-breaking ceremony to kick off construction of a new nine bedroom faculty and staff housing unit on its Schroon Lake campus. The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at 999 Charley Hill Road. The new housing unit is part of the first phase of an overall campus improvement plan at Seagle Music Colony that will eventually restore or replace many of the aging structures used by the Colony during its now 101 year history.
The housing unit construction has been partially funded by a grant from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council. New York State Senator Betty Little as well as Assemblyman Dan Stec will be present at the ground-breaking as representatives of the state. The project has also gained additional support from the Charles R. Wood Foundation. The remainder of the construction costs will be funded by individual supporters of the not-for-profit Seagle Music Colony.
“This summer we had to retire one of our old cabins that had served beyond its useful lifetime,” said Seagle Music Colony General Director Tony Kostecki. “We have our faculty and staff tucked into every available space now and are literally busting at the seams when it comes to available beds on campus. This new building will not only accommodate our current housing needs, but serve us well into the future as we continue to grow our world-renowned program.”
A full campus revitalization plan is currently being formalized by the Seagle Music Colony administration and Board of Directors that will serve the Colony in its next 100 years. The plan will include additional new housing for artists and staff, a dining and gathering hall with a commercial kitchen, improvements to the grounds and pathways as well as a new state-of-the-art theater to supplement the existing Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater. “We are formulating an 8 to 10 year strategic plan to try to implement all these improvements and are excited about the future, though we have a long way to go and a lot of money to raise to make our vision a reality”, says Kostecki.
The mission of Seagle Music Colony is to identify, train and develop gifted singers and to present quality opera and musical theatre performances to the public. More information about Seagle Music Colony, including a full listing of its summer events and performances, can be found online at seaglecolony.org.