Strauss Performing Arts Center
The Strauss Performing Arts Center includes classrooms, faculty studios, and rehearsal spaces. The facility also has a Concert Hall, over 25 practice rooms, a recording studio, a piano laboratory, a multi-station music computer lab, instrument checkout room, faculty offices, and administrative offices. The Strauss Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, seating 460, spread in two levels, is housed on the center of the Strauss Performing Arts Center and hosts rehearsals as well as student, faculty, and guest artist recitals, and lectures.
Expansion and Renovation of the Strauss Performing Arts Center
A plan to renovate and expand the current facilities is underway. The new space will add classrooms, rehearsal spaces, faculty offices, green rooms, a music archive, practice rooms, a new recording studio, storage spaces, and a smaller Recital Hall. The renovation will enhance our current facilities including improvements to the Concert Hall. The project will also add a main School of Music administrative suite. The project is expected to be completed at the end of 2018.
Most scores and audio/visual materials are located at the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library, which serves as the primary source of academic information for the university community through its collections, academic and reference services, innovative and modern technology, exhibit and event programming, and modern physical facilities. It is located in front of the School of Music and next to the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center. Easily accessed by a short walk, students have access to scores, sound recordings, DVDs, music education materials, and a number of music reference sources.
To find resource materials, use the University’s on-line catalog. Librarians and staff members are available to assist with questions. The library’s website has more details on loan periods and other library policies. Tours of the library and workshops regarding available tools and services are provided upon request.
Music Computer Lab
The Music Computer Lab at the Strauss Performing Arts Center is an open-access laboratory and classroom space available to all music students via 24-hour keycard access. The lab features 13 workstations consisting of an iMac computer, MIDI keyboard, 2-in/-out audio interface, and headphones. In addition, the lab has a 2-channel loudspeaker system, video projector, networked printer, and Mackie 24-channel/8-bus analog mixer. The lab supports the following software: Pro Tools, Finale, pure data, VCV Rack, the Adobe Creative Suite, and the Microsoft Office Suite.
The Strauss Performing Arts Center has 23 practice rooms located on the second floor and 1 percussion practice room in the first floor. Three of the upstairs practice rooms are reserved for piano majors and 4 for percussion majors. Practice rooms are available to all music majors and, by special permission (request by contacting the Operations Manager), to those students who are enrolled in music courses or students participating in ensembles sanctioned by the School of Music (who are not music majors). Each semester, music students who need practice room access can request a key from the Operations Manager (provided that the Applied Instructor has approved the request and any related fees for the semester have been paid). The Operations Manager will submit the key request to Facilities Management and, once the key is ready, will notify the student that the key is ready for pickup at Public Safety in the Eppley Administration Building.
Campus Security and departmental personnel may at any time request validation of practice room accessibility. Persons using practice rooms without a valid practice room key in their possession will be forbidden to use the practice rooms until such time as they can produce a valid practice room key.
Use of practice rooms will be restricted to times when the Strauss Performing Arts Center is normally unsecured and open to the public. Only those students who have requested and been approved (by their Applied Instructor, the Operations Manager, and Facilities Management) for 24/7 MavCard access to the building will be allowed to use the practice rooms after the building is locked.
Food and drinks are not to be consumed in the practice rooms.