About the Winter Center
The Dr. Charles R. and Anita B. Winter Visual and Performing Arts center officially reopens October 12, 2012 with the dedication of the building. Lyte Auditorium closed in 2010 for its renovation and the expansion creating the new Visual and Performing Arts Center, bringing the Music Department into one building. The facility was designed by Spillman Farmer Architects.
Dr. Charles R. and Anita B. Winter have been long time benefactors of the University and supported the renovation and expansion of Lyte Auditorium. Dr. Winters is a world-renowned retired Medical Surgeon who practiced for more than forty years in Lancaster County.
The building is now 59,452 square feet for a total cost of $26 million. The building includes the Clair Performance Hall, Biemesderfer Concert Hall, Murley Recital Hall, and an Art Gallery, the Steinman Foundation Recording Suite, The Isaacson Dance Studio, 17 practice modules for student use and a state-of-the-art Yamaha Clavinova piano lab.
“This new venue will provide a creative hub for students, faculty and the surrounding community in music, art and theater. We hope to provide a vibrant place for local, regional, national and international artists to show their work and connect with students in residencies, master classes and workshops,” said Laura Kendall, director of the Winter Center.