WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A new addition to a Lycoming County College just opened and staff says this has been years in the making that will provide an updated space for students to make some music.

The Trachte Music Center at Lycoming College has finally opened and the space gives students in their music program a new area to create and perform in a way they never could before.

Located on the southeast corner of Lycoming College’s campus is the new Trachte Music Center, named after their fifteenth and current President Doctor Kent Trachte.

“This is a most appropriate celebration of his leadership at Lycoming College and his impact on the, really physical campus. Which has been transformed under his leadership,” said Chip Edmonds, the Executive Vice President at Lycoming College.

The 14K square foot building has a soundproof space, equipped for rehearsals and recitals with the choir, orchestra, and band all performing together.

“Make the environment possible for them to be their best and that’s what this space does, it makes it possible for our students to do our best,” Music Department Chair at Lycoming College, William Ciabattari stated.

Ciabattari advocated for a new space for years. In 2017, the Board of Trustees began planning for the music center. He says it’s amazing to see the campus transform.

“We don’t have the obstacles to overcome like we did before. Our obstacle now is my favorite obstacle, which is the limitations of our imaginations,” Ciabattari added.

The building also has study rooms for students. The college is looking forward to its impact on student life and the Williamsport community.