As a music major, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of large and small ensembles. Ensembles are an opportunity for students to perform with their peers and gain valuable experience. An audition is required for most ensembles, however, students do not need to major within a Wells School of Music program to join an ensemble.
The Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center is home to approximately 400 music majors and minors with multiple venues for rehearsing and performing. Swope offers an incredible space for performances, academics, and cultural and community engagement. Performance spaces include the 375-seat Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre and the 125-seat Ware Family Recital Hall. The nearby Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall seats 1,202 people and is the largest performing arts venue on campus.
- Instructional and Practice Spaces
- Three Large Rehearsal Halls
- 56 Student Practice Rooms
- Instrumental Rental Office
- Presser Music Library
- State-of-the-Art Classrooms
- Music Education Computer Lab
- Center for Music Technology
MADELEINE WING ADLER THEATRE
Opened in 2007, the building features a 385-seat performance hall which houses multiple theatre & dance productions throughout our season. Adjacent to the new Swope Music Building and named for former WCU President Madeleine Wing Adler (1992-2008), completion of this project ensures the quality of existing cultural arts programs and expand arts collaborations within the West Chester community.
Enjoy a virtual tour of Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre.
WARE FAMILY RECITAL HALL
Also opened in 2007, Ware Family Recital Hall is a 120-seat space with stadium style seating. While often used for both faculty and student recitals, this space also accommodates larger classes and visiting lectures.
Enjoy a virtual tour of Ware Family Recital Hall.
EMILIE K. ASPLUNDH CONCERT HALL
The Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, located in the Philips Memorial Building, opened in 1927 and was completely renovated from 1998-2000. Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall has a maximum capacity of 1,202 people and is the largest performing arts venue on campus. Since its renovation the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall has hosted over 450,000 guests. The concert hall was dedicated to Emilie K. Asplundh, class of 1927, who donated a substantial amount to the renovation of Philips Building and the concert hall.
Enjoy a virtual tour of Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall.
PHILIPS AUTOGRAPH LIBRARY
The autograph library in the Philips Memorial Building is a massive room with a fireplace, walls of glass-enclosed bookshelves, high gothic windows and a decorative ceiling. It was the largest autographed book collection of its time, with 2000 books by the time of Dr. Philips' death in 1920. Often used for both faculty and student recitals, this space accommodates larger groups and visiting lectures.
Enjoy a virtual tour of Philips Autograph Library.
Center for Music Technology
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PRESSER MUSIC LIBRARY
Located in Swope Music Building, Presser Music Library's collection includes:
- Scores, including scholarly and performing editions
- Books about music
- Audio recordings, including classical, jazz, world, and popular music
- Video recordings
Also available is an extensive collection of online resources, including recordings, scores, and journals. See the Music Research Guide for links to these resources. Listening and viewing stations as well as computers with Finale and Sibelius notational software are available for use in Presser Music Library.
Enjoy a virtual tour of Presser Music Library.