Student Union Building
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264
1031 N. Academic Way,
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Jerry and Carol Ann Lange
A Timeless Stage for Performance and Learning
Thanks, in part, to a lead gift from Carol Ann Lange ’60, the recital hall in the Lionel Hampton School of Music Building is being transformed into a timeless stage for performance and learning.
After nearly 60 years of continuous use, a $1.2 million project is underway to make much-needed upgrades to the recital hall. New lighting will better illuminate performances, and a quiet-running, energy-efficient heating and cooling system will improve acoustics and provide year-round comfort. The floor and wall treatments also will be updated.
To maintain the historical character of the hall – and to support our commitment to sustainability – the hall’s 360 existing seats will be refurbished rather than replaced. The seats will be reupholstered with new cushions and quality fabric, the oak armrests will be refinished, and the metal structures will be sanded and repainted.
“The audience can sit in comfort and immerse themselves in the performances of our award-winning faculty, students and guest performers,” said Kevin Woelfel, director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music. “All of these musicians will be able to share their work on a stage that accommodates a new era of artistic expansion.”
Approximately 50,000 patrons attend events in the performance hall each year – more than two million patrons since the building opened. The hall is at the heart of the music education experience at the University of Idaho. It is host to hundreds of recitals, concerts and other performances each year that require a setting that can accommodate everything from a soloist to a large ensemble. The hall is used extensively during the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, and it is the main stage for auditions during student recruitment efforts. Additionally, the hall is used frequently to host community events.
The upgraded facility will get a new name, the Haddock Performance Hall, to honor Carol Ann’s family and their longtime connection to Moscow. Her father, Sam Haddock, established Haddock Electric in 1945, and served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations. A successful, visionary businessman, he established the first cable television network in Moscow and the surrounding area, and that earned him the distinction of “pioneer” in the industry.
As a Vandaleer and music education major, Carol Ann remembers the special joy that the vocal arts brought not only to her, but also, to audiences. “I am passionate about making sure generations to come are provided the same opportunity to learn and participate in the arts.”
“Carol Ann shares with us the belief that performance space is the heart of a music school,” Woelfel said. “We are very thankful for her ability to help make it happen.”
Work on the performance hall will be completed in May, and a gala opening will
take place in October.
In addition to Lange’s gift, the project is funded by a Housing and Urban Development grant and a “Take a Seat” fundraising campaign.