Scottsdale mayor David Ortega and philanthropist Dody Pitre of The Pitre Family Foundation were among the 100-plus attendees at the grand opening of the St. Catherine of Bologna Performing Arts Center on the Notre Dame Prep campus in Scottsdale.
Named after the patron saint of the arts, the center is the first new building on the Notre Dame campus since the school opened in 2002.
The 20,000-square-foot building houses the Pitre Family Theater, classrooms for instrumental and vocal musical instruction and a state-of-art recording studio for video production classes and NDP Live!, the school’s media broadcasting club.
“You have given us more than a building, you have given us the opportunity to create,” school senior Carlo Lanza told donors.
Carlo spends many hours in the recording studio as a lead anchor for NDP Live! video announcements.
The evening was marked by tours, testimonials, and performances by Notre Dame students, “all of whom were grateful to the donors and supporters of the arts,” a spokeswoman said.
Campus chaplain Fr. Kurt Perera blessed the theater, stating, “May God Bless this building and give peace to all who dwell in it,” he prayed.
Performances were given by the Bella Voce Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Orchestra, Drama Club and Dance Team. After each performance, a student thanked those in attendance for their support of the arts.
“It means so much to us to have a legitimate space to create art, perform and to store our instruments,” said tenor sax player Alyssa Wood, a senior in the Notre Dame Prep Jazz Ensemble. “It’s a sign to everyone that NDP takes the arts seriously, and I can’t thank you enough.”
Construction on the building began in the spring of 2020.
Construction materials were delayed, and workers were scarce, but through the dedication of Notre Dame President Jill Platt, Willmeng Construction and the school’s capital campaign committee, the building was finished when school began on Aug. 11.
“We owed this to our community and to our talented students,” Platt said. “This building will support the arts for generations of NDP students and will serve as a venue to celebrate the arts in Scottsdale for years to come.”
Notre Dame Prep is a Catholic diocesan college preparatory high school with a co-ed enrollment of 875 students. The school has received national recognition for the caliber of its academic, arts and athletic programs. The school is located at 9701 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale.