Facilities

The Department of Music occupies three buildings on the Danforth campus and one building slightly north of campus.  In the Danforth campus buildings, which include Blewett Hall, MCB/Tietjens Hall, and Gaylord Music Library, students will find our classrooms, offices for musicology and theory faculty, a piano lab, practice modules, administrative offices, and library materials.  The 560 Music Center is a 10-minute shuttle ride from the Danforth campus and houses our ensemble rehearsal rooms, three performance venues, offices for applied music faculty, practice modules, instrument storage, and administrative offices.  Academic classes, such as theory and history, take place in MCB/Tietjens while applied music lessons and ensemble rehearsals occur at the 560 Music Center.

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Gaylord Music Library

The Gaylord Music Library, one of the finest music collections in the Midwest, houses more than 110,500 books, scores, and periodicals, over 47,000 recordings, some 4,700 microforms, and several special collections. The Music Library contains listening facilities as well as study and seminar space.

Library information and hours

Performance Venues

At Washington University in St. Louis, we take great pride in providing high quality performance spaces for our students.  Because of our commitment to excellence, we have purchased Steinway pianos for each of our six primary performance venues, where we present classical and other types of music to the campus community.

Our newly-renovated 560 Music Center boasts three distinct performance venues: the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, the Ballroom/Theater, and the Recital Hall.  These three spaces can accommodate events from solo recitals to full orchestra concerts.

  • The E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall seats 1,115, making it the largest performance venue on campus.  Home to our Symphony Orchestra, this venue also features faculty recitals, performances with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and visiting artists.
  • The Pillsbury Theatre is the most versatile venue in the 560 Music Center.  Seating approximately 300, it accommodates many types of events, from solo recitals and jazz performances to receptions and social gatherings.
  • With seating for 75, the Recital Hall provides an intimate performance environment.  This space is frequently used for solo recitals, student recitals, and master classes.

For more information to reserve one of these spaces, please click here.

Our department also holds performances in various venues on the Danforth campus:

  • Graham Chapel houses the Roland Quest Organ, which was renovated in 2004.  Solo recitals, visiting artist appearances, and choral concerts often take place in this 900-seat venue.
  • Holmes Lounge is home to the Jazz at Holmes Series, which presents professional jazz performances every Thursday evening.  This 125-seat venue is ideal for chamber music.
  • The Goldberg Formal Lounge in the Danforth University Center provides an intimate setting in the heart of the Danforth campus.  With seating for 50, this venue hosts the DUC Chamber Music Series.