Cameron LaBarr

Ellis Hall
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Hundreds gathered inside Missouri State University’s Ellis Hall Sunday for the renovated music building’s dedication ceremony. Community members filed in for self-guided tours and to hear music by Missouri State’s Chorale and brass band.

Dr. Shawn Wahl, interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters, said the upgraded facility sends a message to students to be “bigger and bolder.” He said Missouri State can now be a “destination school” for the arts.

Michele Skalicky

Shocked expressions, smiles, a few tears and looks of disbelief were on the faces of Missouri State University Chorale members Friday.   The university held an event at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts to make a "special announcement."

The choir filed onto risers, as the event began, to sing for those in attendance.  As they performed Shenandoah under the direction of Cameron LaBarr, MSU director of musical studies, they, and few in the crowd, knew the surprise concerned them.