“The Massry Center for the Arts is more than a building of bricks and mortar. It is a space to celebrate the hearts, minds and talents of people and a statement that art and music are essential to Saint Rose, the city of Albany and beyond. We invite everyone to take in a performance, view some outstanding works of art, and enjoy the distinctive qualities of this magnificent new addition to the Capital Region’s arts scene,” said Saint Rose President Dr. R. Mark Sullivan when the building opened its doors in Fall 2008.
The Massry Center, is named after the Massry family of Loudonville, NY, who donated $2 million to help fund construction. Norman Massry is a long-serving member of the Board of Trustees.
The facility serves as a learning, practice and performance space for music and art students. It offers the following rooms and equipment to students:
Picotte Recital Hall
This 400-seat recital hall maximizes acoustical quality for performers and the audience. Visual flourishes, including scalloped panels along the walls and ceiling, play a crucial role in delivering superior sound. Recent performers include The Ravi Coltrane Quartet, and Backstage” with Paula Cole.
Esther Massry Gallery
The 2,200 square foot Esther Massry art gallery provides an open exhibition space with floor-to-ceiling windows and custom room-darkening shades. This space gives art students a special opportunity to learn gallery management. Each spring, as the semester winds down, the Senior Show in April and the Graduate Show in May highlight the work of students completing programs in Art Education, Graphic Design and Studio Art.
Other recent gallery exhibits have included Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) and Michael Bierut’s “30 Years/90 Notebooks.”
The third floor of the building houses two rehearsal rooms: a 1,800 square foot choral rehearsal room and a 2,500 square foot instrument rehearsal room. The rehearsal rooms are constructed of the same wood floor, ceiling and wall paneling as the Picotte Recital Hall, resulting in exactly the same sound quality in the rehearsal room as the Recital Hall.
The building offers over 20 sound-proof practice rooms fitted with acoustical blocks and angled walls that provide superior sound quality.
The Massry Center also houses classrooms, percussion studios, and a music curriculum library.
The 46,000 square-foot building was constructed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “Gold” standard of the U.S. Green Building Council, its second highest rating. The Massry Center is heated and cooled by a geothermal system that originates in forty wells 450 feet deep beneath the parking lot. The building does not use any fossil fuel in heating or ventilation and 35% of its electricity is supplied by wind or water power.
To find out about upcoming premiere performance at the Massry Center, click here. To find out about our Music Department performances, click here. For a list of Esther Massry Gallery Exhibitions, click here.
If you are interested in learning more about the Massry Center for the Arts, click here. If you would like attend a campus tour, including a tour of CCIM, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 518-454-5143 or email email@example.com.