| the history of wake forest
he Winston-Salem campus—carefully designed,
landscaped, and blessed with an experi-
enced faculty—was, none the less, not hospitable to the arts, and
after fifteen years in the University’s Forsyth County setting, the arts,
relative to all the other disciplines in the liberal tradition, remained
neglected. There were two buildings, Salem Hall and Winston Hall,
for the sciences; Tribble Hall, though crowded, provided satisfactory
offices and classrooms for most of the humanities and social science
departments; religion and physical education were housed, respec-
tively, in Wingate Hall and in the gymnasium;
and the professional schools of law and busi-
ness had their own separate buildings. But
the arts—music, art, and theatre—were given
only such spaces as could be found here and
there across the campus.
Music, for example, although it offered a
substantial major, including a curriculum in
theory and music literature and an appealing
variety of applied music courses, was crowded
into rooms in Wingate Hall and for ensemble
practices (the department also sponsored a
choir, an orchestra, and concert, varsity, and
marching bands) used, as creatively as it could,
the so-called “lower auditorium” in Wingate.
The music faculty included five full-time and
four part-time teachers and, under the friendly
and energetic chairmanship of Thane Mc-
Donald, who had been at Wake Forest since
chapter six
Toward “Artes Pro Humanitate”
Thane McDonald
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