State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is building a new Studio for the Performing Arts with the help of a $10,000 grant from The Scheidel Foundation to kick off the $3.5 million capital campaign.

The new Studio for the Performing Arts, which will be funded largely through private donations, will be strategically joined to SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center and Howard Studio Theatre. It is being developed to support the growth of music, art and theatrical programs, and as the largest community performing arts center in Manatee County to provide an outreach to populations with limited access to such amenities.

The Studio is designed to be an inviting space for students and the community. The new $3.5 million studio will offer intimate performances, deeper learning experiences for students in practice rooms and recital areas with ideal acoustics. A nearly 6,000-square-foot recital hall will include a grand piano, performance lighting and sound system with recording capability. It will seat 175 visitors for concerts and shows. The room will be used as the primary rehearsal space for musical theatre, choral and vocal classes. It also will be ideal for SCF’s master classes, featuring visiting artists, and recitals.

A new 1,100-square-foot dance studio will offer opportunities for students to study movement and staging. The studio includes retractable curtains, moveable seating and a floor designed specifically for dance. The new facility will include 1,620-square-feet of practice rooms. An instrument storage room will allow SCF to provide professional instruments to students who might not otherwise be able to afford them, offering SCF’s music program a recruiting advantage and students an opportunity to perform at their next level.

To discuss naming rights or ways to become a benefactor, contact Barbara Bourgoin at bourgob@SCF.edu or 941-752-5398.


Published by

Brandon Mand

24 Oct 2017

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We are heartbroken to announce the passing of beloved SCF Foundation Board of Director Mark F. Morin, of Siesta Key Florida. Mark’s passion was SCFF Scholarship Students and revitalizing SCFF Sundays at Neel Entertainment Series. Mark was always about how to connect SCFF’s Mission to our deserving students. He had many proud SCF moments but his most favorite would be SCFF’s Scholarship Luncheon were he and Alix (his wife) could meet and have conversations with ‘their’ SCF Students. Mark was a military veteran, high ranking IBM executive before he retired to Sarasota County, father of two sons and one daughter, and proud grandfather. He was 71 years old.

Services will be held February 25th, 2018 at the Neel Performing Arts Center on SCF's Bradenton campus.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Mark and Alix SCF Scholarship Fund at the SCF Foundation.

We are so blessed to have known Mark, experience his quick humor, contagious smile, dedication to SCF Students (and those he tutored), and passion for moving SCFF’s Mission forward. I know this loss is going to be difficult on all of us.
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