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January 25, 2022


Above, Betty Anne Rouse Bell (52H, 56C) is all smiles during the fall dedication of the recital hall that now bears her name. The event celebrating the renovation and restoration of Ford Auditorium featured performances by the Berry Singers and Artist-in-Residence Indra Thomas (below), as well as the premiere of Dr. Dwayne S. Milburn’s Festival Motet, which was commissioned specifically for the event and drew inspiration from the Psalms inscribed on the recital hall’s historic walls.


The internationally acclaimed renewal of Ford Auditorium was funded by the generosity of approximately 600 alumni and friends, including Bell and her late husband, Robert. Bell Recital Hall at Ford now provides students and faculty with a first-class rehearsal and performance space in which to hone their talents and share them with others.

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