One of the latest renovations on campus comes with a $15 million price tag — and a new dedication to former UNC Chancellor James Moeser and his wife, Susan Moeser.
Hill Hall’s auditorium will be dubbed James and Susan Moeser Auditorium to accompany the renovations that will expand the performing arts program.
Mark Katz, chairman of the music department, said this is a way to honor Moeser, who served as UNC’s chancellor from 2000 to 2008.
“(They) did so much for the arts on campus,” he said. “So many things we enjoy now are due to (their) initiative.”
Music has always been a passion for the Moesers, as both have a long history in music as organists.
Although he tabled his performing when he became chancellor, James Moeser incorporated his love for music into his agenda. When he was appointed, James Moeser took a tour of the campus and dedicated his first task to restoring the music library, then housed in Hill Hall, by moving it to the bottom of Wilson Library. This marked the first of a trend of expansions to the performing arts program in his reign.
“It’s a perfect fit that will have a major impact on the campus,” he said. “It’ll give Carolina the facilities for first-class events in the new auditorium.”
Susan Moeser remains involved with the music program as the University organist and organ teacher.
She has taken advantage of the campus facilities, having performed in Hill Hall with an organ symphony and orchestra.