The George L. Mosse Humanities Building, named for renowned UW-Madison cultural historian George Lachmann Mosse (1918-1999), houses most of the School of Music program activities and facilities, which include faculty offices and studios, nine classrooms, and three large rehearsal rooms, each specifically designed for use by choral, band, and orchestra rehearsals. Students may practice in one of 111 practice rooms, some of which are available for small ensemble rehearsals. Grand pianos are available for piano majors. Three halls are kept busy with a full schedule of concerts, recitals, master classes, and large-enrollment classes.
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General information about School of Music Facilities:
- Mills Hall, seating 700, is the scene of most major recitals by faculty and concerts by student performing organizations.
- Morphy Hall, with a capacity of 170, is used primarily for student solo and small ensemble recitals.
- Eastman Hall, designed for organ recitals and teaching, houses an Austin pipe organ of 54 ranks and seats approximately 160.
- Music Hall, a proscenium theater with a capacity of 380, is the home of the UW Opera, and also hosts a variety of solo and chamber performances.
We are happy to announce that in 2016, construction will commence on new performance spaces for the School of Music!
Other Features of the Humanities Building
Other special facilities within the Humanities Building include:
- The Music Education Curriculum Laboratory, where music education materials are available for student and faculty use.
- The state-of-the-art Music Computer Lab, with 10 music workstations including Macintosh computers, ranks as the most sophisticated among similar facilities in American universities. Students have access to Logic Pro 7.2, ProTools, Sibelius 5, and Midi keyboards.
- Another large room houses the Javanese gamelan and is the location of Non-Western Music Performance Study classes.
- The Digital Music Studio has recently been updated to offer students in composition and electronic music a broad array of tools for creative work.
- A fully equipped recording studio produces professional-quality recordings of select faculty and large ensemble concerts presented by the School of Music.
- The school’s extensive collection of instruments, both common and unusual, is available to both faculty and students.
- The Raymond F. Dvorak Gallery, located in the main lobby of the Humanities Building, showcases the rich history of music at UW-Madison.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who may use the practice rooms?
Music students and students enrolled in a School of Music course will be authorized to use practice rooms. The different types of practice room access are as follows:
- Grand Piano Access –practice rooms with grand pianos, for piano and vocal majors only
- General Access – standard practice rooms with upright pianos, for general instrumentalists, theory and composition majors
- Organ Access – practice rooms with organs and harpsichords, for organ majors only
- Percussion Access – practice rooms with percussion instruments and equipment, for percussion majors only
- Non-Music Major – standard practice rooms with upright pianos, for non-majors who are enrolled in School of Music courses. This access is NOT VALID between 11:00am and 4:00pm on weekdays. These hours of peak activity are reserved for MUSIC MAJORS ONLY.
Where do I get a key to a practice room?
The Key Desk is located in 1631 Humanities. Students enrolled in music courses will exchange their UW ID card for a key. No other forms of ID are accepted.
When is the Key Desk open? Regular fall and spring semester hours are 8:00am to 11:00pm, Monday through Saturday, and 10:00am to 11:00pm on Sundays. These hours are subject to change at holidays and breaks in the academic calendar. Summer hours are 12:00pm to 8:00pm, seven days a week.
How long may I practice? You may practice as long as you like, at any time you like, within the hours the Key Desk is open. If you are not practicing please return the key so that others may practice. Always observe the 15-minute rule.
Where may I rehearse chamber music if an individual practice room is too small for 4+ people?
Reserve classroom space in 1650 Humanities. One person should have specific dates/times in mind that work for the entire group before entering 1650, for the sake of efficiency.
Information for Students:
Purchasing Products & Obtaining Access
CLICK HERE to purchase products and obtain room access online. Credit cards are accepted for all payments.
You can also pay your fees in the School of Music office (3561 Humanities) during normal business hours. Credit cards and Wiscard are accepted. SAVE YOUR RECEIPT in the event that verification is required.
Practice Rooms & Classrooms After access is activated, exchange your Wiscard for any room key at the window of Room 1650.
Lockers You will be assigned to a specific locker in the Humanities Building after your order has been approved. Your final confirmation email will contain your locker assignment. Facilities personnel in Room 1650 will give you access to the locker. Please provide your own padlock.
Facilities Fee Packages (for music majors only)
Music Facilities Fee Package One: General practice access (upright pianos), locker access, course/ensemble fees, & rehearsal access. APPROVED FOR ALL GENERAL INSTRUMENTALISTS.
$145 per semester, $290 per year
Music Facilities Fee Package Two: Specialty practice access (for grand piano & percussion access), locker access, course/ensemble fees, & rehearsal access. VOICE, PIANO, & PERCUSSION MAJORS ONLY.
$162.50 per semester, $325 per year
General Facilities Fees
General Practice Access: General practice access (upright pianos) for music majors, CML students, & non-music majors who are enrolled in a School of Music course.
$100 per semester, $200 per year
Recital Fee: Access to performance spaces for a School of Music Student Recital
$50 per recital
Lockers: Access to School of Music lockers located in the Humanities building.
$50 per semester, $100 per year
Please note: There is a $50 fine for unauthorized locker usage
Rehearsal Access: Classroom & rehearsal hall access for independent rehearsals.
$125 per semester, $250 per year
Performance Hall Access: Music Major access to Mills & Morphy for rehearsals and recording sessions
$35 per use
Room Usage Policies
1. Students may be away from their practice rooms for a maximum of 15 minutes. When students are attending classes, lessons, rehearsals or meals, keys must be returned to the Key Desk in Room 1650 so that others may use the practice rooms. No key should ever leave the building.
2. Your room must be left in neat condition for the next occupant, regardless of the condition in which it was found. No food or drink (except water) is allowed in the practice rooms! If a practice room or rehearsal room is found in sub-standard condition, you must leave it up to standard. Notify the Key Desk Monitor of any improprieties.
3. Failure to adhere to these policies will result in the following action:
- First Offense: You will receive a verbal warning from the Facilities Office.
- Second Offense: Your practice room access will be revoked for seven days, and your major professor will be notified of the issue.
- Third Offense: Your practice room access will be revoked indefinitely, and will not be reinstated until you meet with the director of the School of Music regarding the issue.
- Fourth Offense: Your practice room access will be revoked for the remainder of the term, without refund.
This form is for UW-Madison School of Music students who wish to schedule a solo or chamber recital.
Requests for graduate recitals or undergraduate degree recitals may be submitted starting on the first day of the semester in which the recital will take place. All other recital requests may be submitted on or after the second week of classes of the semester in which the recital will take place.
Information for Staff & Faculty:
Faculty & Guest Artist Events - Scheduling Request Form
Any UW-Madison School of Music faculty member who wishes to request a performance space for a Faculty Concert Series event or Guest Artist Series event may do so using the Faculty & Guest Artist Event Form.
Ensemble Event - Scheduling Request Form
Any faculty or staff member coordinating a UW-Madison School of Music Ensemble event may request to reserve a performance space using the Ensemble Event Request Form.
Room Availability At-A-Glance
Click on the room number to see its availability.
1321 Band/Orchestra Rehearsal Hall
1341 Band/Orchestra Rehearsal Hall
1351 Choral Rehearsal Hall
2401 Classroom, 20 seat, Audio Playback, Upright Piano
2411 Classroom, 40 seats, Audio/Visual Playback, Grand Piano
2441 Classroom, 40 seats, Audio/Visual Playback, Grand Piano
2451 Classroom, 20 seats, Audio Playback, Upright Piano
2511 Classroom, 20 seats, Audio/Visual Playback, Grand Piano
2521 Classroom, 20 seats, Audio/Visual Playback, Grand Piano
2531 Classroom, 20 seats, Audio/Visual Playback, Grand Piano
2541 Classroom, 12 seats, Audio/Visual Playback, Grand Piano
2551 Classroom, 12 seats, Audio/Visual Playback, Grand Piano
2561 Electronic Piano Lab, 12 seats, Audio Playback
5520 5th Floor Lounge, 12 Seats, Upright Piano
Mills Hall Classroom, 20 seats, Audio/Visual Playback, Grand Piano
Morphy Hall Classroom, 20 seats, Audio/Visual Playback, Grand Piano
Music Hall Classroom, 20 seats, Audio/Visual Playback, Grand Piano
Rental information for Non-School of Music users and events:
Rental Request Form
Any person outside of the UW-Madison School of Music who would like to use a School of Music performance space, rehearsal hall, or classroom can make a request using the Rental Request Form.
PLEASE NOTE that all non-departmental uses of School of Music facilities require a rental fee.
School of Music faculty and staff may also use this form to request sponsorship for outside users whose mission and activities are consistent with our educational mission. These requests will need approval from the Director and may also incur a rental fee.
Rental Contract Template
Users renting School of Music facilities will be required to sign a contract. The Rental Contract Template includes fee and booking information.
- Patrick Coughlin, Facilities Manager
- Dan Cross, Assistant Facilities Manager
- Jessica Kasinski, Assistant Facilities Manager
UW-Madison School of Music,
1650 Humanities (first floor, down the hall from the lounge)
455 N. Park Street, Madison WI 53706