Jim Buckner and Wayne Crow, practicing in the Exhibit Hall bandroom
Carver Hall (just to the north of Music
Hall) was completed in 1969.
The large music appreciation classes (for non-majors) were held in the Carver auditorium.
Dr. Arthur Swift's office was moved to the
back of Exhibit Hall for the 1968-1969
school year when Acton Ostling replaced him as the new Director of Bands.
In 1969, Mr. Ostling directed the ISU Symphony Band at the dedication ceremony for the new C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. That concert was held in the auditorium lobby. When they were building that Auditorium, the accoustics were horrible. The workmen couldn't hear or understand each other even when they cupped thier hands and shouted to try and relay instructions to each other on different levels. However, the design proved to be very sound, because, to everyone's relief, after the seats and aunusual ceiling were installed, it turned into a wonderful auditorium.
C. Y. Stephens Auditorium serves as both theater and music hall on
the Iowa State campus. The undulating rhythm of exterior curves merely
reflects what is happening inside.
The magnificent seamless stage curtain is
a gift of J. W. Fisher of Marshalltown, Iowa. It was hand-woven on
a gigantic loom in Japan. The original design symbolizes the scientific
enphasis of Iowa State.
Seiji Ozawa, young Japanese conductor of the Philharmonic, led his orchestra through such delightful symphonies as mendelssohn's No. 4, A major, "La Mer" by Debussy, Ginastera's dances from the ballet, "Estancia," and Tchaikovsky's symphony No. 4, F minor.
Richard Koupal is pictured with a class in
the choral rehearsal room (top floor of Morrill Hall).
The student in the center is Myrtle Wilson.
Director of Bands, Acton Ostling Jr.
His office was in the front (south end) of Exhibit Hall.
Organ recitals were sometimes held in the Congregational Church
in downtown Ames because of the new organ.
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