Millersville University music student Brian Doherty remembers the time — think last year — when he had to scrounge to find an open space to practice drums.
Now, he and the other 130 music department majors at MU have a choice of 17 practice modules where the 4-inch-thick steel walls mean that Doherty can bang away and not disturb a violin player mere feet away.
“This is a blessing right here,” the senior from Mechanicsburg said Sunday of the Charles R. and Anita B. Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center during an open house to introduce the $26 million facility to the public.
The three-year project has produced a complex of cutting-edge performance, concert and recital halls built around a renovated Lyte Auditorium, which had hosted the university’s major cultural offerings since 1949.