Constructed in 1974-75, the Eddy Music Center is the first campus building devoted completely to the teaching of music.
The Center is home to multiple practice studios, music faculty offices, classrooms, a large rehearsal hall and dedicated instrument storage space.
Most students have access to CD-equipped listening stations, MIDI/recording studio, computer-assisted instruction in aural skills, electronic piano laboratory, five-rank Schlicker practice organ and a full complement of orchestra instruments. The Schlicker organ was a gift from Dr. Richard ’59 and Mrs. JoAnne Stocher ’60 Heuschele of Saginaw in honor of their parents.
Because of tremendous growth in Alma’s music programs, the Center was enhanced in 2010 with extensive renovations and the addition of a 4,200-square-foot addition that includes a front lobby with a rounded glass front. The lobby is large enough to host receptions and greet campus visitorsgathering space that did not exist in the original building.
Alma offers Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees in the performing arts. Students can participate in several performance organizations:
- Alma College Choir
- Kiltie Marching Band
- Jazz Ensemble
- Percussion Ensemble
- Alma Symphony Orchestra
- Scottish Pipers
- Alma College Chorale
- Alma College Dance Company
- Alma College Theatre
- Alma College Highland Dancers
Funds for the construction of the original building were made available from the estate of Mrs. Sara Eddy of Flint, and the facility is named in her honor. A $500,000 gift from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Fundation helped support the $1.8-million building and renovation project in 2010.