Department of Music


Performing Arts Center

Centrally located on campus, the Performing Arts Center is home to the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre and Film Studies. Students enjoy the department's close proximity to not only the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center, but administration buildings, dormitories and eating facilities.

The Performing Arts Center features:

  • 22 individual practice rooms
  • 6 dedicated percussion studio practice rooms
  • Ruth Gant Recital Hall
  • 1,558-square-foot Chorus Rehearsal Hall
  • 1,900-square-foot Instrumental Rehearsal Hall
  • Piano Lab and Music Technology Lab
  • Numerous faculty teaching studios and small ensemble practice rooms

Kimberly R. Ritsche Auditorium

Located in Stewart Hall, the Kimberly R. Ritsche Auditorium is a 1,000-seat concert hall that serves as the premier performance venue for all of the major performance ensembles.

Stewart Hall was built in 1948, and remodeled from 1988 to 1990. This building also showcases classrooms, offices, student media facilities, a TV studio, and a radio station. The hall was named for Warren Stewart who was a University Board member from 1938 to 1948.

Check out a 360-degree virtual tour of Ritsche Auditorium, located in Stewart Hall.

Ruth Gant Recital Hall

ruth gantThe Ruth Gant Recital Hall was dedicated on March 26, 2000, in recognition of former music professor Ruth Gant who taught at the university from 1946 to 1970.

It is in recognition of her commitment to music students and her generous endowment to the Department of Music.

Music Technology Lab

tech labWe are committed to preparing our students for the future of music technology and education. As part of the core music course work, every music major and minor will receive fundamental skills instruction in music technology. Labs include stations with the capability of multi-channel diffusion in 2, 4, or 5.1 channels and a wide variety of advanced music software.