Facilities, Centers, and Partnerships

Haydn Hall

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Haydn Hall houses the Department of Music faculty and staff offices, a small lounge, three classrooms, four practice rooms (2nd floor), HPP studio spaces, the Music Education Resource Room, and a Macintosh computer classroom/lab (The Core). It is located in the heart of the Mather Quad. Originally a combination of a dormitory and classrooms, this building served as the only student center on campus. It was given to the college by Flora Stone Mather and named in honor of Hiram Collins Haydn, fifth president of Western Reserve University, pastor of the Old Stone Church, and the individual most active in convincing Western Reserve College to move to Cleveland. Charles F. Schweinfurth, the prominent residential architect of Euclid Avenue (“Millionaires’ Row”) mansions, who also rebuilt the interior of the Old Stone Church in 1884 and designed Trinity Cathedral, designed Haydn Hall. Scheduling is controlled by the University Registrar and available for non-music classes with permission from the Department of Music. The practice rooms are open to music majors or CWRU students enrolled in music ensembles or applied music lessons.

Mather Quad buildings: Mather Memorial Building, Clark Hall, Harkness Chapel, Haydn Hall, Mather House, Mather Dance Center and Guilford House, were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s to house the College for Women. Read more about the history of the College of Arts and Sciences

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Florence Harkness Memorial Chapel 

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Harkness Chapel, built during 1902, features neo-Gothic architecture, antique oak and Georgia pine woodwork, and Tiffany windows. It is a warm, intimate, and acoustically resonant space for the performance of vocal and instrumental chamber music. The building provides space for concerts, music classes, and department recitals. Harkness Chapel was built to honor Florence Harkness Severance (Louis Henry Severance), the only daughter of Stephen V. Harkness and his second wife, Anna M. Richardson Harkness.

Harkness Chapel, Classroom

Harkness Classroom is located inside of Harkness Chapel and serves as an academic classroom, and a backstage area during performances.This room features a capacity of 45 desks on risers with Level 2 Technology, including video projection, stereo sound system, and a grand piano. Scheduling is controlled by the University Registrar and available for non-music classes with permission from the Department of Music.

Denison Hall 

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Denison Hall* is located next to Wade Commons near the North Residential Village and is used primarily for ensemble rehearsals. This facility houses six Wenger practice modules (one of which is a“virtual reality” acoustic room), a percussion studio, and a music library. The four classrooms include Spartan Rehearsal Hall, Wade Rehearsal Hall, Denison Rehearsal Hall, and Denison Classroom. The facility also has storage rooms for marching band uniforms, equipment, and instrument storage lockers. In general, the classrooms in Denison Hall are to be utilized by music majors or CWRU students enrolled in music ensembles or applied music lessons. Scheduling is controlled by the Department of Music.

The following is a list of classrooms in Denison Hall:

  • Denison Classroom (Rm. 152)
  • Wenger Practice Modules (Rm. 158, 159, 180, 182, 184, 186)
  • Music Library (Rm. 120)
  • Wade Rehearsal Hall (Rm. 119)
  • Denison Rehearsal Hall (Rm. 160)
  • Tuba Storage (Rm. 171)
  • Auxiliary Storage (Rm. 173)
  • Harp Storage (Rm. 176)
  • Marching Band Storage (Rm. 183)
  • Percussion Studio (Rm. 185)
  • Spartan Rehearsal Hall (Rm. 197)
  • Spartan Percussion Storage (Rm. 197A + 197C)

*controlled access

Kulas Music Library 

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Kulas Collection of Historical Instruments

The Department of Music maintains an impressive collection of modern reproductions of early instruments. The Historical Performance Practice program offers a wide range of ensembles from Medieval to romantic, and the Kulas Collection of historical instruments (renaissance, medieval and baroque string, wind, and brass instruments) is available to all students. The program also owns a wide range of historical keyboard instruments: French, Italian, and German Harpsichords, a continuo organ, and two fortepianos.

The Core

(Haydn Hall, 16)

The Core is a Macintosh computer classroom and lab dedicated to mind, sound, and vision. The Core is a collaborative space for all CWRU students, faculty and staff, as well as the University Circle community, to gather and collaborate, designing visual and aural mediums, and create masterpieces. It not only offers computers and software, but also video and digital cameras and microphones for checkout, one-on-one tutorial time, classes, and meeting space. The Core is actively involved in bringing technology to the community, particularly younger children, and it works closely with faculty in providing support facilities for the department’s technology-related courses.

Music Education Resource Room

(Haydn Hall, 10)

The Music Education Resource Center (MERR) is a space for music education students to prepare educational materials and research projects and contains a variety of audiovisual media, including a library of education-oriented music software. Students may borrow items from a large collection of music textbooks, educational recordings, testing materials, vocal and instrumental books, curriculum guides, and classroom instruments. The use of this center is encouraged and sometimes required, for many of the projects and assignments in courses throughout the music education curriculum.

Center for Popular Music Studies 

The Center for Popular Music Studies (CPMS) exists to promote scholarship and teaching about the history and significance of popular music, which includes collaborations and partnerships with institutions in Cleveland and around the world. The goals and objectives of the CPMS include: supporting collaboration between researchers and historians of popular music, investigating and creating new approaches to teaching popular music (including performance), providing opportunities for graduate students to learn about popular music in an active, critically robust program, and advancing emerging research in popular music through sponsorship of visiting scholars.

Maltz Performing Arts Center

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The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple–Tifereth Israel opened in 2015 after extensive restoration and renovation of the structure, which first served as a synagogue in 1924. Today, the center is an active venue for performances and events, including lectures and music concerts, including the Silver Hall Concert Series  (during which our department ensembles perform). Phase One includes Silver Hall, a 1,000-seat concert hall for large ensemble performances, and Koch Hall, a 90-seat recital hall for smaller performances. Phase Two, which includes a proscenium theater, a blackbox studio theater, rehearsal studios, practice rooms, and costume and scene shops, is under construction.

Joint Music Program (JMP) 

Since 1968, Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Institute of Music have participated in an integrated music program at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Joint Music Program allows students at both institutions to take advantage of the resources of a major research university in the context of a liberal arts education as well as those of a leading conservatory. Read more about this partnership.