The 1954 Thistle remarked on Carnegie Tech’s long-term redevelopment program, including the razing of the “famous and traditional Carnegie Inn,” to make room for the new dormitory for men, Donner Hall.
That same year the popular Beaux Arts Ball expanded to a festival with three nights of activity. Among the presentations was a “Fugue for Woodwinds” by Joe Negri, who would become one of the great jazz guitarists in any era. Scotch‘n’Soda produced One in a Million, with Robert Bernat and Paul Conrad listed as Music Directors. Bernat would become chairperson of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the founder and first music director of the River City Brass Band.
The Spring Carnival Formal dance featured Lionel Hampton’s Orchestra.
The Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg, was granted an honorary degree at the Baccalaureate ceremony at the Syria Mosque.
In 1958, the school launched an Opera Workshop and its series of endowed Andrew Mellon Professorships brought musical luminaries to campus.