To ensure the quality of existing cultural arts programs and expand arts collaborations with the community, West Chester University of Pennsylvania has built a new School of Music and Performing Arts Center. Completed in the Spring of 2007, it features a 375-seat performance hall as well as a 125-seat recital hall along with an art gallery. The center hosts campus and community events making West Chester University of Pennsylvania the cultural center of Chester County. It is located on High Street, adjacent to the E.O. Bull Center thereby creating the region's premier cultural arts venue with four stages, an art gallery and sculpture garden, and convenient parking.
The Center includes the existing E.O. Bull theaters (which recently finished its own renovation) and 85,000 square feet of new space that is divided in two sections. The first is the three-story, lyrically shaped School of Music building comprising classrooms, state-of-the-art music laboratories, rehearsal rooms, faculty offices, practice rooms, and a recital hall, library, and art gallery. The other wing features a 375-seat proscenium theater, reception gallery, and support spaces.
The new School of Music building is named in honor of Dr. Charles E. Swope, former President of the University.