School of Music Seeks Volunteers to Help Tune New Performance Hall


If you’re looking for the most interesting place to study or just spend some quiet time on Thursday and Friday, September 19 and 20, 2019 the Mead Witter School of Music’s got you, and a few hundred of your friends, covered.

The Hamel Music Center, located on University Avenue next to the Chazen Museum of Art, is ready for its final tuning. And for that to happen, the School of Music needs you to quietly take a seat in the audience of the performance halls while professional acousticians ( measure and evaluate the sound of various instruments and ensembles.

You may bring a book, a laptop, a tablet (silent mode only, please!) and enjoy the ambiance as School of Music musicians play excerpts—perhaps many times over—and sound engineers manipulate motorized curtains, banners, and other surroundings to ensure a clean, crisp soundscape in each of the building’s two performance halls.

In addition to hearing snippets of music from UW-Madison’s many ensembles, you’ll be among the first to get a sneak peek at campus’s state-of-the-art performance center.

(The building’s opening weekend celebrations are scheduled for October 25-27, 2019:


The commissioning of each hall will last most of a day, as acousticians will adjust various settings for different ensembles. Visitors will be asked to remain in their seats while commissioning for a particular setting is in process. Breaks are scheduled for people to come and go. Start-stop times are approximate.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time you wish to attend.

Thursday, September 19 – CONCERT HALL (seats up to 662)

9am-11am           2 hours                 Percussion Ensemble, Wind Quintet, Brass Quintet

11am-1pm          2 hours                 String Quartet, Solo piano, Wind Ensemble

1:30-3pm             1.5 hours             Vocal solo, Jazz Orchestra, Choir

3:15-5:00pm             2.5 hours          University Symphony and University Symphony plus Choir (NEED FULL HOUSE)

Friday, September 20 – RECITAL HALL (seats up to 299)

9:15am-10:15am     1 hour             Percussion Ensemble, Wind Quintet

10:15-11:45am   1.5 hours                  String Quartet, Brass Quintet, Vocal Solo

12pm-12:30pm          30 minutes                 Wind Ensemble

1:15-2:00pm       45 minutes          Solo Piano, Small choral group

2:00-2:30pm       30 minutes          Jazz orchestra

QUESTIONS? Contact: Masarah Van Eyck,, 608-335-6277