MSU Billman Music Pavilion

MSU Billman Music Pavilion

East Lansing, MI

Bora recently completed the Billman Music Pavilion, an expansion of Michigan State University’s College of Music building that nearly doubles its size with new acoustically engineered rehearsal, performance, teaching and practice space. The transformative project in the heart of the campus was planned with sensitivity to both the arboretum-like quality of the landscape and the historic character of the original 1940 building. While the scale, form, and material palette of the new structure carefully fit the MSU context, the generous windows, skylights, and crisp details project the forward-looking spirit of openness of the College of Music.

The project builds upon Bora’s work with the MSU College of Music since 2001 to program, master plan, design, and implement the transformation of their teaching and performance facilities. Completed phases include the rebuilding of two other performance venues, the Cook Recital Hall and the Fairchild Theater.


38,900 gsf addition; 8,415 gsf renovation


TMP Architecture – Executive Architect


Schuler Shook