Music art department


The McKenna Theatre
, with a capacity of 366, provides a superb acoustical environment for faculty recitals, student ensemble performances, and concerts by visiting artists.

The Julien J. Studley Theatre
, with a capacity of 696, hosts large-ensemble performances by the Symphonic Band, the College-Youth Symphony, the Choral Ensembles, the Jazz Ensembles, and visiting groups including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.

Professor Emeritus Barbara Hardgrave
The Nadia and Max Shepard Recital Hall
, seating 125, offers an intimate setting for chamber music performances and student recitals.

A new class/rehearsal space including a digital multi-track recording facility is located adjacent to the Nadia and Max Shepard Recital Hall.

The department has a fully equipped electronic music lab, including Macintosh G4 computers, Roland, EMU, and Yamaha keyboard synthesizers, stereo systems, an Alesis MidiVerb, an EMU E5000 Ultra sampler, Mackie 1604 and 1202 mixers; and software including Digital Performer, Finale, Max/MSP, ProTools Digi001, and Final Cut Pro.

The piano lab includes 17 electronic keyboard units governed by a master control, allowing for individual practice and monitoring by the instructor.

Collegium Musicum
, the ensemble for early music, possesses a large early instrument collection. Included are numerous recorders, crumhorns and shawms, modern copies of renaissance and baroque flutes, lutes, archlute, cittern, rebec, sackbut, cornetto, diatonic harps, bowed psaltery, a set of viols, a hurdy-gurdy, and a harpsichord. The ensemble also holds a rich collection of literature and music from the medieval, renaissance, and baroque eras.

Sojourner Truth Library
has a comprehensive collection of music books, scores, and a subscription to the entire Naxos catalogue, as well as listening stations for CDs and DVDs.