BOTHELL—The long-awaited groundbreaking for the Northshore Concert Hall took place at Inglemoor High School on Monday, Sept. 21, when a small group of district staff and two school board directors came together to turn dirt on the project.
“While we wish this could be in-person we're very excited to be able to share this event with all of you who have committed so much to this project,” Inglemoor High School Principal Adam Desautels said in a Sept. 28 NSD press release. "The concert hall represents the opportunity to provide our students and community a facility that truly captures the talent, skill and preparation of our students.”
The project, according to NSD Communication Director Lisa Youngblood Hall, was funded by the Northshore voters in 2018 and will accommodate 750 seats and add classroom and instructional space to Inglemoor High School.
“I want to simply take this time to thank everyone that was involved with this project that helped put this plan into place and to put the bond up,” said School Board President Bob Swain. “I especially want to thank the voters of the community for allowing us to move forward with this project. It took a lot of thought and a lot of vision.”
The concert hall design team was made up of a variety of individuals including students, school staff, and Capital Projects staff. Inglemoor junior Zoe Starikov was one of the students on the team.
“One thing I really enjoyed about the process was being able to communicate with my peers about what they wanted to see in the new concert hall,” Starikov said. "I am personally looking forward to performing in the hall because the acoustics are going to be amazing, but I'm also really excited that all three programs, choir, orchestra, and band, are going to get their own space.”
Starikov said when she thinks about future generations of Northshore music students performing in a concert hall, she feels proud to have played a role in creating a space for all music students.
Superintendent Michelle Reid closed out the ceremony by thanking everyone involved and reminded all how important the arts are to the overall educational development of high school students in the district.
“We recognize that learning happens best in community and this community concert hall, as it begins to grow, is going to begin to capture again the imagination, the talent, and the spirit of the Northshore family,” she said. “So, thank you to all of our community members and voters for supporting this project and remembering that the arts are not something extra in Northshore. They are core to who we are and the foundation of the experience we want for each of our students."
The project also included traffic circulation improvements and rebuilding and relocating the school’s six tennis courts. It is scheduled for completion in December 2021.