To ensure the quality of existing cultural arts programs and expand arts collaborations with the community, West Chester University of Pennsylvania has built a new School of Music and Performing Arts Center. Completed in the Spring of 2007, it features a 375-seat performance hall as well as a 125-seat recital hall along with an art gallery. The center hosts campus and community events making West Chester University of Pennsylvania the cultural center of Chester County. It is located on High Street, adjacent to the E.O. Bull Center thereby creating the region's premier cultural arts venue with four stages, an art gallery and sculpture garden, and convenient parking.
The Center includes the existing E.O. Bull theaters (which recently finished its own renovation) and 85,000 square feet of new space that is divided in two sections. The first is the three-story, lyrically shaped School of Music building comprising classrooms, state-of-the-art music laboratories, rehearsal rooms, faculty offices, practice rooms, and a recital hall, library, and art gallery. The other wing features a 375-seat proscenium theater, reception gallery, and support spaces. The new School of Music building is named in honor of Dr. Charles E. Swope, former President of the University.
Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre
More than any other space in this facility, the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre enhances the University’s capacity to expand both campus and community cultural offerings. The 375-seat hall features a 2,200 square foot proscenium stage that accommodates an array of musical performances and theatre, opera, and dance productions each year.
Gates Family Recital Hall
The 125-seat Gates Family Recital Hall is the primary site for the more than 200 student recitals that take place each year. In addition, the hall is equipped to handle lectures and rehearsals as well as community and professional groups that require smaller venues.
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
While not located in Swope, the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall hosts a variety of School of Music events during the year. The 1,202-seat hall is the largest performing arts venue on campus and was completely renovated in 2000.
Instructional and Practice Space
The facilities of the Swope Music Building provide for wonderful and enriching educational opportunities for our music students. Included in the building are: