music and farewell
resident Scales’s last autumn in office began with cer-
long anticipated and creatively fulfilled: the
dedication on September 2 of the music wing of the Scales Fine Arts
Center. For a decade the design of the building had been ready, for
two years it had been under construction, and now, at a cost of
$4,800,000, it was ready to welcome a department of music growing
in quality and promise and eager to play and sing and teach in spaces
hitherto unknown at Wake Forest.
The day began with a convocation in Wait Chapel. The speaker
was Don Randel, Professor of Music at Cornell University, who gave
his remarks the title of “A Plain and Easie Introduction to Practicall
Musicke.” Accompanied by Dan Locklair, soprano Teresa Radom-
ski sang a composition by Locklair: “A Triptych of Gratitude to the
Divine,” an arrangement that began with a setting of William Blake’s
poem, “The Lamb.” Both Locklair and Radomski were members of
the newly invigorated Department of Music.
The convocation was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony
at the Fine Arts Center. Open now for viewing and admiring were
Music’s generously planned facilities: offices and classrooms; choral
and instrumental rehearsal rooms; twenty-four practice modules;
a listening library; 196 lockers for instrumental storage; and, most
impressive of all, a 616-seat recital hall with a computerized lighting
system. In the lobby a full-length portrait of President Scales, painted
by Winston-Salem artist Anne Mercer Kesler Shields, was unveiled
by Scales’s wife and his mother.
chapter seventeen
Music and Farewell
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