Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research


The Kutztown University Foundation is pleased to announce a campaign to complete the fundraising effort to construct a new 13,250 square-foot facility to house The Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research at Kutztown University.

This new facility is a $6.4 million project, which will include a 2,100 square foot performing space in addition to rooms dedicated to each of the specialized collections of rare marimbas, xylophones, vibraphones, bells, and chimes currently in the collection.

The architect’s renderings of the project have been completed, and the KU Foundation is in the process of securing the necessary permits to begin construction.

We wish to share our excitement with you as the project moves toward creating a much-needed facility to display the growing collection of music, photos, and artifacts along with the rare and valuable vintage collection of mallet percussion instruments that have been acquired over three decades. This will be a working facility, open to students as well as researchers, and will allow access to play the instruments as well as view one-of-a-kind materials unique to this center.

We are hopeful that you will consider supporting this effort through the pledge of a gift that could be spread out over a five-year period of giving. While the amount of the gift is a decision that comes after careful consideration from each individual donor, we will recognize that the group of donors who pledge their support at the $5,000 level ($1,000 per year for five years) on a commemorative plaque in the new building. That being said, the campaign will be grateful for the level of support you decide is appropriate.

If this project touches you to commemorate the percussion accomplishments on the KU campus and beyond, we hope you will join those who have already made their pledge of financial support.




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