Since its construction in 1929, Presser Hall has been the home of the School of Music. As a part of the development of the Alice Millar Center for the Fine Arts, this building underwent total renovation, and a sizeable adjoining structure was added on. The entire music facility now includes 39 teaching studios, 37 practice rooms, four classrooms, a seminar room, two rehearsal halls for both large and small ensembles, a percussion wing, an electronic piano laboratory, a computer laboratory, a computer music center, and Westbrook Auditorium (a 500-seat recital hall). Major equipment items that further facilitate instruction include seventy-eight pianos (one-third of which are Steinway grands), two organs, three harpsichords, a pianoforte, and multi-media installations in three classrooms.
Each year, many School of Music events are held in exceptional concert venues such as the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Second Presbyterian Church and Holy Trinity Church located just off campus. Major ensembles such as Collegiate Choir, the Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble perform exclusively in these venues with the exception of those performances on annual tours and at regional, national and international conventions.
School of Music Facilities By the Numbers (coming soon!)
The five-story Ames Library was completed in 2002. Located on the University's south side, the Library provides a variety of study facilities ranging from individual carrels to group study rooms, in a comfortable and state-of-the-art environment. The Library holds the University's collection of printed music, books, periodicals, sound recordings, and other media related to music. The collection of study and performing editions for solo instrumental, chamber, and vocal music is supplemented by collected editions of major composers and other historical sets in printed form and microfilm. Music education materials also constitute an important portion of the collection. An extensive circulating collection of sound recordings and media complements the score collection. Archival recordings of performances by the School of Music are maintained by the Tate Archives & Special Collections. Computer workstations throughout the Ames Library are CD/DVD compatible. The Thorpe Digital Center, located on the third-floor of the Ames Library, has facilities for both individual and group listening and viewing. Printed music, books, periodicals, and music media are shelved in the third-floor stacks area adjacent to the Center. Scholarly workstations located nearby offer access to a variety of general and discipline-specific electronic resources and application software. The music reference collection and office of the Fine Arts Librarian are located adjacent to the Information Commons area on the entry level of the Library.