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Jack H. Miller Center
for Musical Arts
Hope College -- Holland, Michigan

Hope College has a rich tradition in the arts, and its students and faculty members in these disciplines deserve a facility equal to their talents. Hope students and the Holland and West Michigan communities will be well served through the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts. An acoustically superior concert hall and adjacent music department building will be added to the campus.

The building is a significant component of the college’s $175 million comprehensive campaign, “A Greater Hope”, now nearing completion. It was inspired by an initial lead gift to the campaign from Richard and Helen DeVos and brought to fruition by a major gift from alumnus Jack H. Miller (pictured), Class of 1954.


Read More about the Project
Read Announcement Naming Facility
Read Announcement of Groundbreaking
Gift of Concert Organ for Musical Arts Center Announced / See Photos
Musical Arts Center Will Honor Longtime Educators
Contractor Named for Musical Arts Center

Progress Reports

Most Recent Photos

See Month-by-Month Progress
November, 2013 thru February, 2014
February, 2014 / March, 2014 / April, 2014
May, 2014 / June, 2014 / July, 2014 / August, 2014
September, 2014 - Organ Update / September, 2014
October, 2014 / November, 2014 / December, 2014

The distinctive moldings that adorned Hope's Nykerk Hall of Music have been removed, but are neither gone nor forgotten. They will be installed in the entry lobby of the new Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, commemorating predecessor Nykerk Hall’s 50-plus years as the Department of Music’s home. The seven carvings, one outside and six inside, decorated the original portion of Nykerk Hall that was completed in 1956. The Wynand Wichers addition was completed in 1970 and the organ studio in 2000. The new building is scheduled to open next fall.

Concert audiences will be able to enjoy organ music in the new Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts at Hope College when it opens in the fall of 2015. The custom-built organ is being constructed by Casavant Frères (Casavant Brothers). It has been assembled at the manufacturer in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada. The organ will make the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts the only purely musical hall in West Michigan with an embedded concert organ. The new three-manual and pedal organ will have 54 ranks of pipes, for a total of 3,092 pipes, ranging from some 20-feet tall to the size of a pencil. See Photos

Miller Center Construction Facts
  • 12,609 cubic yards of soil was moved on-site. That is the equivalent of 841 dump truck loads.
  • 7.2 million pounds of pre-cast concrete panels were used to form the exterior structure. That is the equivalent of the weight of approximately 11,077 grand pianos.
  • 336 tons of steel and 1,400 cubic yards of concrete (320 truckloads) were used.
  • There is 43,894 square feet of roofing. That is the equivalent of 16 tennis courts.
  • There will be 250 doors in the building.
  • There will be 19,528 square feet of wood paneling in the building.
  • There will be 12,093 square feet of glass in the building. That is the equivalent of a little more than 2 1/2 NCAA college basketball courts.
  • There will be 285,450 square feet of drywall installed. That is the equivalent of five soccer fields. 284,638 square feet of wall space will be painted.

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