Our Venues and Halls

In the Hamel Music Center, 740 University Avenue, Madison

  • The Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall seats 413 (plus 8 wheelchair access) on the main floor; 153 (plus 2 wheelchair access) in the balcony; and seats 85 on bench seats in a choir loft. Total seat count is 661. A series of coffers—circular, recessed or projecting panels—along the walls also absorb and reflect sound back into the concert hall. Two 50,000 cubic-feet floating concrete reverberation chambers on the second floor, covered in fabric, are installed 30 feet high on each side of the concert hall stage. The chambers absorb sound and reflect it back out into the audience. Motorized curtains can be drawn around the walls to adjust the level of “live” sound in the hall. The hall is named for the Mead Witter Foundation of Wisconsin Rapids, which provided a $25 million gift to the Hamel Music Center.

Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall

  • The Collins Recital Hall seats 189 on the main floor (plus 3 wheelchair access) and 104 in the balcony, with an additional three for wheelchair access, to total 299. Warm wooden elements include wooden planking sourced from tribal lands of the Menominee Indians in Wisconsin; wooden “petals” on the lighting “tiaras” suspended from the ceiling; and framed glulam beams (laminated timber of exceptional strength) that support the cement-filled ceiling. The hall’s colorful and dynamic wallpaper was designed by Tandem Press founder and printmaker William Weege, professor emeritus of UW–Madison’s Department of Art. The hall is named for Paul J. Collins, a 1958 graduate of the School of Business. Collins honored his mother, Adele Stoppenbach Collins, a 1929 School of Music alumna, with multiple graduate music scholarships and two professor endowments, then provided a significant donation to fund the new recital hall.

Collins Recital Hall

  • The Sing Man & Florence Lee/Annette Kaufman Rehearsal Hall will provide space for large ensembles, and also may host pre-and post-concert educational talks, events, and receptions. Motorized curtains can be drawn around the walls to adjust the level of “live” sound in the hall. The room’s irregular shape in addition to fabric-wrapped panels prevents the presence of standing sound waves.

Lee/Kaufman Rehearsal Hall

  • Two large dressing rooms, including the Daniel Gregg Myers Green Room, offer performers a comfortable space for students to congregate and warm up in advance of performing in either of the halls, and where friends and family can gather following performances. The Myers Green Room is named for an alumnus, Daniel Gregg Myers, who died one year after his graduation from the School of Music in 2008.
  • A recording studio on the main floor is equipped with monitors, mixing boards, and cameras into the concert and recital halls allowing for communication with performing artists.
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms are available on both the main and upper floors.

  • Mills Concert Hall (George L. Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street) seats 700 with an optional 72 extra seats normally housed under the stage.
  • Morphy Recital Hall (George L. Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street) has a capacity of 170 and is used primarily for student solo and small ensemble recitals.
  • Music Hall (925 Bascom Hill, the historic clock tower building at the foot of Bascom Hill), a proscenium theater with a capacity of 380, is the home of University Opera and also hosts a variety of solo and chamber performances.

Music Hall

The School of Music also houses many academic classrooms, rehearsal rooms, and practice rooms.