Facilities and Spaces
The Department of Music is spread over three unique locations within the constantly expanding CCU campus.
Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts
The Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts serves as home to the Edwards Recital Hall, the Edwards Black Box Theater, several music classrooms, technology labs, rehearsal rooms, and numerous music faculty offices. The Edwards Recital Hall is one of the busiest performance venues on campus, accommodating weekly chamber, combo, and solo performances by students, faculty, and guest artists. Students have the opportunity to develop performance skills as part of the weekly music department recital hour. Every student performance in this space is recorded.
The Edwards Courtyard, one of the most beautiful and tranquil hidden treasures on campus, serves not only as a desired location for student breaks between classes, but also our most unusual venue for occasional performances. The gorgeous enclosed architecture offers a phenomenal acoustic for soloists and ensembles looking to create a unique and special musical experience.
The Wheelwright Auditorium is the premier performance venue at CCU and hosts hundreds of events each year. Boasting a seating capacity of nearly eight hundred, a state-of-the-art lighting and audio system, and a full time staff of expert technicians, Wheelwright is the ideal location for major concerts, theatre productions, and other events requiring lots of space and excellent acoustics. Students in the music technology program gain valuable recording experience recording each music event that takes place in the auditorium.
Coastal Band Hall
The Coastal Band Hall is the rehearsal space for the majority of the university’s instrumental ensembles. This newly renovated facility is home to a large ensemble rehearsal room, large percussion studio, and sound isolation Wenger studio. The Wenger studio is used for chamber ensembles, jazz combos, and various recording projects. Additionally, The Chanticleer Regiment’s rehearsal field is conveniently adjacent to the Coastal Band Hall. Click here for Band Hall directions.
Music Technology Spaces
Wheelwright Recording Studio
The Wheelwright Recording Studio is a state-of-the-art facility, featuring the most up-to-date hardware and software for digital music recording, editing, mixing, and mastering. The studio features a main room along with five isolated recording rooms and has a direct connection to the Wheelwright Auditorium for documenting live events. The studio can record up to thirty-two live tracks in high-definition file formats and features industry standard microphones, preamps, and virtual plug-ins. The studio documents over 100 events a year and includes a student staff of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. Students hired as recording staff gain real-world experience, with past graduates transitioning directly to employment in the recording industry.
EHFA Computer Lab
The EHFA Computer Lab is used for all music technology classes, as well as providing the flexibility to be integrated in traditional lectures and small group rehearsals. The lab contains twelve Mac workstations complete with MIDI keyboards and two channel audio interfaces. Each computer contains full versions of music production software, including Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, MakeMusic Finale, and Apple GarageBand. Graduate students in the music technology masters program work as lab assistants and are present six days a week, aiding music majors in course work as well as with their extra-curricular musical projects.