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Rehearsal and Performance Spaces
Electronic Music Lab
The Electronic Music Lab is available to all music majors and other students enrolled in music classes. Twelve workstations are equipped with Roland digital pianos, and Macintosh computers loaded with digital recording, sequencing, notational, and ear training software currently being taught in our courses. Schedule permitting, open lab hours are available to students.
Each classroom features a smart podium, which includes LCD projection, a document camera, DVD, CD, VHS, cassette tape, and an LP turntable, all operated from a touch screen at the instructor's fingertips. A video interface is also provided for use with laptop computers.
Rehearsal Hall/Percussion Studio
In the spring of 2010, the music department added a new rehearsal hall and percussion studio to its facilities. The new hall is located across from the department's Central Campus location in the Weir-Stanley building at 70 Loring Ave. The hall is equipped with a large percussion teaching studio, two percussion practice rooms, and a rehearsal hall large enough to accommodate all of the department's ensembles. The acoustics in the hall are designed to focus sound to provide students an optimum listening environment in order to improve performances. The addition of the hall and future music facilities expansion is intended to assist the department as it progresses towards full NASM accreditation.
Intended to support the academic mission of the music department, the recording studio features 24-bit, 96kHz digital recording capability with a Yamaha O2R digital console. Tracking and editing is performed using a Macintosh computer and a Digidesign Pro Tools HD TDM system. Outboard gear includes T.C. Electronics signal processors, Drawmer compressors, Speck parametric eqs, and Grace microphone preamps. The studio is complimented with an array of Neumann, Sennheiser, AKG, and Shure microphones. A variety of other recording/playback machines are available for legacy media. Student recording projects can be carried out in a small ensemble room adjacent to the control room, or in our 164-seat recital hall, which is hard-wired to the studio. The studio is also used for archival recordings of recital hall concerts.
Music Resource Center
The music resource center houses ensemble literature, scores, and thousands of vintage and contemporary recordings encompassing a wide range of styles and genres. All of these resources are available to students and faculty through a web-accessible database. Please click here for access to MRC holdings.
Wenger soundproof modules provide a private area for individual practice or small ensemble rehearsals. Day-time scheduling of practice rooms takes place at the beginning of each semester on a first come, first-served basis with priority given to applied lesson studios. Sign-up sheets can be found in the music department copy room, CC269. Scheduling for evening hours is not required at this time.
From student ensembles to world-renown recording artists, the recital hall has played host to a wide variety of events. Concertgoers enjoy the hall's visual appeal, as well as, as its acoustic excellence. The hall has rapidly become a cultural destination for the North Shore of Boston. Although it is gaining prominence as a performance venue, the hall is primarily a teaching space used for instruction and ensemble rehearsal in order to support the academic mission of the music department.
Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts
This new center for the arts provides a contemporary theater facility for performances for use throughout the semester for students, faculty, visiting artists and dance companies. It is equipped with a sprung floor and state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment. The theater accommodates an audience of 470.
Multipurpose Gym Performance Space
This flexible, multi-use performance space is used throughout the semester for students, faculty, visiting artists and dance companies for performances and informal presentations. It is equipped with a marley floor, a portable sound system and lighting equipment. The space can accommodate an audience of 150.
Dance Studio 1
Academic classes and master classes are held in this mid-sized dance studio, equipped with a sprung floor, mirrors, sound system and video projector. This studio is also used for rehearsals and informal showings.
Dance Studio 2
Academic classes and master classes will be held in this large dance studio, equipped with a sprung floor, mirrors, sound system and video projector. This studio will also used for rehearsals and informal performances.