Mengyao Zhao has completed his doctorate in solo piano performance and is now working on a second doctorate in musical arts in collaborative piano in the College of Music. The following student view is repurposed content from Zhao’s remarks at the official opening of the Billman Music Pavilion.
When I applied to be accepted to Michigan State, I knew the faculty and staff at the university would work diligently to meet all of my needs. I had no idea how deep the university support would be.
I watched this building progress from the lawn near where the Spartan marching band rehearsed to the magnificent building we dedicate today. I was worried that I would have to leave before it was finished, but thanks to my husband’s work, I will be staying in Michigan for a few years.
It is refreshing to celebrate this triumph today. The past year has been a struggle for the world, the nation and for the university. Through it all, the university has adapted, grown and become a closer and more caring community, which we can see here today.
This building adds 37,000 square feet to the existing music building and includes additional state-of-the-art rehearsal and recital rooms as well as inviting and enjoyable study and rest areas. In line with rapid advancements in music training and technology, the Billman Music Pavilion features technologically advanced acoustic properties and insulation, which make every space beautiful and comfortable.
The highlight of the new building for me is the inclusion of Steinway grand pianos for practicing my art, a dream that can only be achieved by a few select pianists.
At first glance, the Billman Music Pavilion is another building on campus. Yet it is much more. There is excitement and anticipation as students discover a new learning environment that is in step with the growth and development of the musical arts. It offers a unique and intriguing perspective as musicians achieve their goals and objectives, and it enhances Michigan State University as it continually strives for excellence in higher education.
If we look at the breadth of our university’s history, it is amazing to realize where we are today as one of the most respected higher education institutions in the world with students and scholars from across the world. whole world.
This new building is more than an assembly of concrete, paint and steel. It is the emblem of the progress made by MSU and the progress it will achieve.
As a representative of the thousands of students who have studied and will study here, I want to thank you, the donors, for making this possible.