Reserve Halls, Schedule Recitals, Pay Fees, and More

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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.

If you need an accommodation to attend one of our concerts, please contact music@music.wisc.edu. All accommodation requests should be made no less than one month before a concert. We will attempt to fulfill all requests to the best of our abilities.

ONLINE FORMS – FACILITIES AND PUBLICITY/CALENDARING

CLICK HERE to request concert/recital/rental venue.   Please provide a minimum of two weeks’ notice.

CLICK HERE to request a rehearsal or meeting room (not a concert hall). Please allow a minimum of 48 hours’ advance notice.

CLICK HERE to place your concert or recital on the public calendar.  For marketing purposes, this form also requests more details about your concert/event. This additional information is optional.


CLICK HERE to reserve lockers, pay fees, register for events and Community Music Lessons.

General information about School of Music Facilities:

Performance Halls

  • Mills Hall, seating 700 with an optional 72 extra seats normally housed under the stage, 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. (This hall is no longer used.)
  • Music Hall, a proscenium theater with a capacity of 380, is the home of University Opera and also hosts a variety of solo and chamber performances.
  • The Hamel Music Center, containing the 600+ seat Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall, the 300+ seat Collins Recital Hall, and a rehearsal room. In 2019, the new Hamel Music Center will open for events.

Other Features of the Humanities Building

Other special facilities within the Humanities Building include:

  • EARS, the Electro-Acoustic Research Space, room 2401.
  • 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 Mac computers . 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 1650 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. Anyone away from a practice room for more that 15 minutes must turn in their key.

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 to Rooms and Lockers

CLICK HERE to purchase products and obtain room access online. Credit cards are accepted for all payments.

You can also pay your fees in Room 4554. Business hours are 9-11 and 1-3. NO CASH is accepted. Credit cards, Wiscard, and personal checks 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

Lockers are for students enrolled in at least one School of Music class, including any performance ensemble. Locker use must be renewed for each period of use – academic year, semester, or summer. 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. Users must provide their own lock (subject to approval by Facilities office). Personal locks are subject to removal after the paid use period ends. Lock removal and locker cleanout by the Facilities office may incur an additional charge to the registered locker user.

Facilities Fees

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.
$120 per semester, $240 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.
$137.50 per semester, $275 per year

General Facilities Fees

General Practice Access (majors):  General practice access (upright pianos) for music majors.
$125 per semester.

General Practice Access (non-majors): General practice access (upright pianos) for CML students & non-music majors who are enrolled in a School of Music course.
$125 per semester

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.

Performance Hall Access:  Music Major access to Mills & Morphy for rehearsals and recording sessions
$35 per use

Room Usage Policies

School of Music facilities are maintained strictly for the use of music majors and non-music majors who are enrolled in courses offered by the School. The School’s administration and campus security have the responsibility and legal right to ask persons violating these rules to vacate the space being used.

State law and University Statutes prohibit the use of State facilities, including all music buildings, for the production of private income. Practice rooms and studios are not to be used for private teaching of vocal or instrumental music. If such activity is observed, it should be reported to Brian Heller, Facilities Director, bsheller2@wisc.edu.


  1. Use of all rooms must be reserved through facilities. For the security and safety of both students and property, any room not in use must be closed and locked. Report any vacant unlocked rooms or spaces to the facilities office immediately. Failure to properly secure spaces after use will result in the actions below.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 or rehearsal 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.

    Use of classrooms:
    When not scheduled for classes, classrooms may be scheduled for small ensemble or sectional rehearsals. All participants in small groups must have paid for rehearsal room access individually or as part of a facilities package. This is not a substitute for practice rooms, i.e. not for use by an individual. Classrooms may NOT be checked out just for having a larger practice space. The only exception to this rule is for a rehearsal WITH a faculty member as specific recital/jury/performance preparation. Use of the 2500 classrooms is restricted to after business hours. In order to schedule a classroom for rehearsal, submit this form in advance: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8qBkga2KAu5qcrX

    General assignment classrooms are NOT to be used for practice at any time. The GA rooms are under the management of Campus Events Services (262-2511).

    Failure to adhere to these policies will result in the following action:

  1. First Offense: You will receive a verbal warning and/or written note from the Facilities Office.
  2. Second Offense: Your practice room access will be revoked for seven days, and your major professor will be notified of the issue. The seven-day suspension will not be applied during breaks: Semester break, spring break, summer, break.
  3. 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.
  4. Fourth Offense: Your practice room access will be revoked for the remainder of the term, without refund.

Room Availability At-A-Glance

NOTE: First, log into Google with your NetID. If you see a calendar that features only “busy” rooms, then you are not properly logged in.

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  Concert hall, 680 seats, Grand Piano

Morphy Hall  Recital Hall, 175 seats, Grand Piano

Music Hall Concert Hall, 350 seats, Grand Piano

Scheduling Recitals

This form is for Mead Witter School of Music students who wish to schedule a solo or chamber recital in our halls.

WHEN TO REQUEST: Requests for fall graduate recitals or undergraduate degree recitals may be submitted starting on the first day of the fall semester. For second semester recitals, please wait to schedule until the second week of the new semester.

REQUEST EARLY: Every year, requests are denied due to lack of hall space.

EARLY SEMESTER RECITALS ARE APPRECIATED: Our halls are much less full and you’ll be likely to receive your first choice.

HOW TO SCHEDULE:

Use this link to request a recital hall and date.

STYLE GUIDE: A guide to capitalization of titles and degrees. From the Chicago Manual of Style. Download the Style Guide

Please note: For on-campus recitals only, you must deliver five (5) copies of your program to the main office, 3561 Humanities.
This is required to comply with music-licensing agreements with three performing-rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC).

Guides to Better Writing and Proper Presentation of Degrees and Titles

The UW-Madison Writing Center offers assistance.
Here is one link: “Twelve Common Errors in Writing:
https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/CommonErrors.html

The Chicago Manual of Style rules on capitalization.
Chicago Style Guide

UW-Madison rules are similar.
style-guide-uw-communications

A quick summary of titles and degree presentation, from the UW-Madison manual:

–In general, titles are capitalized only when they are formal titles directly before a name:
(Chancellor Jane Doe, Professor John Doe; but the chancellor, the professor). Do not confuse titles with occupation descriptions: movie star Bette Davis, astronaut John Glenn. Titles that precede names and refer to more than one person with the same title are capitalized in plural form (Professors Jane Doe and John Doe).

–Use abbreviations only when necessary to distinguish the specific type of degree or when the use of full terms would prove cumbersome, such as when there are multiple degrees: She has an M.D. as well as a Ph.D. in biochemistry.The abbreviations are: B.A. (bachelor of arts), M.A. (master of arts), M.S. (master of science), Ed.D. (doctor of education), Ph.D. (doctor of philosophy), and J.D. (doctor of law). For these degrees, always use periods and do not space between the period and letters. For degrees with three or more capital letters (MBA, BBA, MSSW, DVM), the periods are omitted. The word degree should not follow a degree abbreviation.

-On most references, use bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctorate in place of degree abbreviations—they are more readable in regular text. Bachelor of arts degree or master of fine arts degree is also acceptable.

–Capitalize and spell out formal titles (professor, dean, president, chancellor, professor emeritus, chair, etc.) when they precede a name: Chancellor John Doe, Professor Jane Doe; but John Doe, chancellor, Jane Doe, professor. Lowercase modifiers (music Professor Jane Doe, department Chair Jane Doe). But, Jane Doe, professor of music. Capitalize formal titles of named professorships on all references (Jane Doe has been named the Bascom Professor of Art; Jane Doe, Bascom Professor of Art, received the award; Jane Doe, Bascom Professor Emeritus of Art). (also see titles of people)

Concert Program Template

Optional for students.

Word_MWSOM_Program_Template2018

Information for Staff & Faculty:

Event Request Form

Any faculty or staff member coordinating an event may request to reserve a space using the Event Request Form.

Website Event Request Form

Please use this form to request an event page on our public calendar.

https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9QrQRFlGjq0r4Nv

Room Availability At-A-Glance

NOTE: First, log into Google with your NetID. If you see a calendar that features only “busy” rooms, then you are not properly logged in.

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  Concert hall, 680 seats, Grand Piano

Morphy Hall  Recital Hall, 175 seats, Grand Piano

Music Hall Concert Hall, 350 seats, Grand Piano

Program template for last-minute guest artists

Here is a simple four-page booklet template to use to create concert programs for last-minute guest artists. Download, then add information, save as a PDF, and print.
Word_MWSOM_Program_Template2018

Style Guide for Titles and Degrees

Summary: Capitalize prior to a name but not after.

–Capitalize and spell out formal titles (professor, dean, president, chancellor, professor emeritus, chair, etc.) when they precede a name: Chancellor John Doe, Professor Jane Doe; but John Doe, chancellor, Jane Doe, professor. Lowercase modifiers (music Professor Jane Doe, department Chair Jane Doe). But, Jane Doe, professor of music. Capitalize formal titles of named professorships on all references (Jane Doe has been named the Bascom Professor of Art; Jane Doe, Bascom Professor of Art, received the award; Jane Doe, Bascom Professor Emeritus of Art). (also see titles of people)

From the Chicago Manual of Style.
STYLE GUIDE

From the UW-Madison Style Guide:
style-guide-uw-communications

Information for Guests:

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 (rev. 3.2018)  includes fee and booking information.

Contact Information:

  • Brian Heller Facilities Director

facilities@music.wisc.edu
(608) 263-1893
UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music,
1650 Humanities (first floor, down the hall from the lounge)
455 N. Park Street, Madison WI 53706