Hylton Education and Rehearsal Wing Officially Open

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The Hylton Performing Arts Center officially opened the Education and Rehearsal Wing with a ribbon cutting celebration Dec. 3. The $13.5 million expansion on George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus added 17,000 square feet. It includes two rehearsal halls, six practice rooms, two classrooms, and two additional lobby spaces. The community can utilize the Hylton Center in an expanded way to educate, rehearse, perform, and collaborate.

The invitation-only opening featured remarks by Rick Davis, Executive Director of the Hylton Center and Dean of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Chairman of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Bishop Lyle Dukes also spoke. Mason Music and Opera students performed.

The Wing completes the original vision for the Hylton Center. Its footprint has been finalized with a design informed by nearly a decade of programming experience and a clear understanding of what this region requires in order to excel as a sophisticated arts community.

Rehearsal Spaces

“The opening of this new Wing not only means an expansion of educational offerings at the Hylton Center, but also the opportunity for this community to fully enter into the entire life-cycle of artistic creation,” said Davis. “In this new Wing, we will educate, both through our partnerships in the community as well as through Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, as well as rehearse, perform and collaborate. We look forward to filling these halls and spaces with artistic energy, synergy, and creation.”

The Wing features two impressive new spaces. One rehearsal hall is the floor size of the Merchant Hall stage and the other the footprint of the Gregory Family Theater. This will enable arts groups to stage full-scale rehearsals or performances. The spaces feature flexible seating, advanced acoustic treatments, and sprung dance floors.

The outfitted practice rooms and classrooms will empower students and artists of all ages to learn and perfect their craft at the Hylton Center, under the tutelage of George Mason University’s nationally renowned professors, Lifelong Learning lecturers, and professional artists.

All of the spaces in the new Education and Rehearsal Wing will also play a role in serving community events, from corporate meetings and conferences to galas and celebrations. For more information about facility rentals visit hyltoncenter.org/rentals or contact Sales and Community Outreach Manager Susan Landess at 703-993-9344.


The Education and Rehearsal Wing expansion was funded in part by $6 million from the Commonwealth of Virginia, championed by the late Virginia Sen. Charles J. Colgan, as well as the generous support of many private donors, including a generous gift of over $7.5 million from the Cecil and Irene Hylton Foundation. The smaller rehearsal space is named the Ballard Postma Studio in recognition of a gift from Hans and Mary Postma of Haymarket, Va. Ballard is Mary Postma’s family name. These early contributions spurred momentum for the Hylton Center’s Capital and Endowment Campaign, which is now more than 75% of the way towards achieving its goal of $31.5 million. Other major contributors to the Capital and Endowment Campaign include Buck and Julie Waters; Bennett, Atkinson, and Associates P.C.; the Wall Foundation; NOVEC; Claire Machosky-Ullman and Al Ullman; Micron; Donald Coulter and Rosemary Enright; the Parr Family; Eileen Roberts; and Jim and Barbara White.

The campaign, in addition to raising the funds for the Education and Rehearsal Wing, has also raised funds for the Hylton Center’s Endowment, ensuring artistic excellence for generations to come.

The Education and Rehearsal Wing also features two commissioned pieces of art specifically designed for the space, created by Mason School of Art alumnus Nathan Loda and Manassas-based visual artist David Labrozzi.

For more information on remaining opportunities to support this campaign and gain recognition in the new Wing, contact Director of Development Eileen Kennedy at 703-993-6092 or ekenned9@gmu.edu.


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