Centers and Collections

Kulas Music Collection 

Kelvin Smith Library CWRU

The Kulas Music Collection, located on the first floor of the Kelvin Smith Library, contains more than 42,000 items, including books, scores, media, microforms, and music periodicals. Users can borrow books and scores; the library provides listening and reading areas to use media and reference collections. In addition to print resources, access is provided to online databases and research guides. A partnership with the Robinson Music Library at the Cleveland Institute of Music, which coordinates acquisitions and services, is available to faculty, staff and students with a valid ID. 

For assistance using the collections or other music-related research, please contact Jacey Kepich, Research and Engagement Librarian (

Kulas Collection of Historical Instruments

Kulas historical period 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).

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

MPAC stage side

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 includes a proscenium theater, a blackbox studio theater, rehearsal studios, practice rooms, and costume and scene shops.