The School of Music is housed in Ferguson Hall, a state of the art building opened in 1985. Ferguson Hall boasts over 70 security-monitored practice rooms, numerous classrooms, two piano labs, an organ studio, an electronic music lab, a music therapy lab, two music technology labs, four chamber music rehearsal rooms, and large ensemble rehearsal rooms for bands, orchestras, opera productions, and choruses.
Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall
Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall is primarily used for School of Music recitals and master classes. Seating approximately 160, the Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall is an ideal venue for solo recitals, chamber music performances, and master classes.
STRUM (Sound, Technology, and Research at the University of Minnesota) Electronic Music Studios
- Studio One: STRUM's Studio One is a large composition/recording/production studio featuring three rooms: the main studio, an isolation/recording room, and an AV production/mastering room. Studio One houses three well-equipped Mac Pro workstations, each tailored to specific production and recording work, along with our collection of analog and digital synthesizers.
- Production Studio: The Production Studio is a one-room audio mixing/mastering suite with post-production audio and hardware. The studio features space and equipment for rehearsals of electro-acoustic music as well as audio mixing and video editing. The Production Studio houses one Mac Pro workstation, along with two iMacs and laptop-ready workstations.
- Media Lab: Created as a space for individual work as well as class meetings, the Media Lab is a large lab and classroom containing 15 iMac computers with MIDI keyboards and music notation, audio-video editing, and composition software.
Located on the lower level of Ferguson Hall, the Music Library is a repository for 70,000 scores and books, 400 periodical titles, 30,000 CDs, LPs, 78s, videotapes, and audio cassettes, 12 CD listening stations, 13 audio tape listening stations, 3 VCRs, and 12 turntables, all available to School of Music students. The library also includes a collection of rare books, manuscripts, and sheet music from the 14th century to the present.
Roy A. Schuessler Vocal Arts Center
Located within the Music Library, the Roy A. Schuessler Vocal Arts Center houses the Vocal Resource Room, which contains a variety of books, video and audio tapes, vocal music scores, and recordings. The primary focus of the collection is on vocal pedagogy and performance. The room is available for study, research, seminars, and committee meetings by advance permission of the library staff.
The Organ Studio houses the Van Daalen organ, a two-manual, mechanical-action organ comprising 32 speaking stops and 41 ranks of pipes. While certain stops of the organ reflect a derivation from Dutch and French styles of building, the instrument is essentially eclectic in design, reflecting a desire to provide an instrument upon which organists may study and perform a comprehensive body of literature. See the Van Daalen Organ Specifications for more details.
Music Therapy Clinic
The University of Minnesota music therapy program is one of the few programs in the country that has an on-campus clinic. This clinic is connected to an adjoining observation booth via one-way mirrors, thus allowing students the opportunity to observe music therapy sessions with a number of different clinical populations. The observation booth is equipped with high-quality technological instruments and computers for data collection during research studies. Music therapy students in their junior and senior years provide supervised services in the clinic.