Oregon State University has announced a $2 million gift from the family of the late Lynne Detrick.
The gift, made as part of a $60 million campaign to create an arts and education complex on the university's Corvallis campus, will support construction of a new performance hall through an expansion of the university's LaSells Stewart Center. When completed, the six-hundred-seat venue will become the primary space on campus for public music performances by students, faculty, and guest artists, including choir concerts, piano recitals, chamber music, and vocal recitals. The space also will double as a classroom. In recognition of the gift, the concert hall will be named for Detrick, who died in December 2016.
A teacher and writer, Detrick ('68) co-founded Music and Arts Partners, an organization that supports arts education in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. She and her husband, George, also made gifts supporting the university's music programs as well as investments in instruments, technology, arts entrepreneurship, and athletic bands.
"We couldn't be more grateful to the Detricks and are thrilled that the new concert hall will honor Lynne," said Larry Rodgers, dean of the OSU College of Liberal Arts. "She cared deeply about making the arts accessible to everyone, and she was determined OSU would have facilities that match the excellence of our music program. With the help of this very generous gift, we will do so."