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Education and Rehearsal Wing

The Education and Rehearsal Wing will complete the original vision for the Hylton Performing Arts Center, finalizing its footprint with a design informed by several years of programming experience and a clear understanding of what this region requires in order to excel as a sophisticated arts community. This expansion will allow the artists and arts educators of our community to fully facilitate the entire life-cycle of artistic creation.

The Education and Rehearsal wing will include two rehearsal halls, six practice rooms, two ensemble rehearsal rooms, and two additional lobby spaces. This increased space will allow us to:


The fully outfitted classroom spaces within the new wing will allow students and artists of all ages to learn, practice, 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.


Two inspiring new spaces—one rehearsal hall the precise floor size of the Merchant Hall stage, the other the footprint of the Gregory Family Theater—will enable arts groups to stage full scale rehearsals. The flexible seating and technical elements, as well as fully outfitted acoustic treatments and sprung dance-floors, will provide these groups with the facilities required to create excellent artistic performances.


One rehearsal hall will have the capabilities of a recital hall and the other will be equipped as a recording studio, providing a professional space for instrumental and vocal music students to perform recitals or small concerts and also record live-audio and video performances, sharing the great art of our region with the community and with the world.


All of the spaces in the new Education and Rehearsal Wing will play a role in serving community events—from corporate meetings and conferences to galas and celebrations. The Hylton Center will now be fully equipped to host community and corporate events, enhancing the profile of the region as a cultural, educational, and business destination.

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