Housed in Mason Hall, the School of Music's facilities have expanded in accordance with our growing music programs. The newest addition is the construction of the Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall, a state-of-the-art, 500-seat concert space, complete with backstage areas, offices, and expanded facilities for Sound Recording Technology. This hall is a wonderful complement to our other performance venues, including the intimate Diers Recital Hall, the grand King Concert Hall, and the multiple theatres within the renowned Rockefeller Arts Center.
The School of Music also boasts two state-of-the-art music technology labs, equipped with a total of 30 Apple iMac Computers, each connected to an XP-30 multitimbral MIDI synthesizer. These labs may be used by musicians for ear-training, notation and composition. The numerous software titles available for student use include the following: Practica Musica, Auralia, Digital Performer, Logic Studio, Pro Tools, Band in a Box, iLife (GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, iWeb), RapidWeaver, and Finale. Extra hardware also includes Blue Snowball microphones and numerous stations for video input. The lab is open for student use every day during the hours posted.
There are more than 100 open practice rooms, available to all SUNY Fredonia students. Each room has an upright piano; piano majors are assigned a locked practice room equipped with at least one grand piano. There are also several small ensemble practice rooms for students chamber rehearsals, and large ensemble practice rooms for major ensemble rehearsals.
In fall of 2009, the School of Music broke ground on a rehearsal room addition for large ensembles. Over the past 20 years, the School of Music has become larger, the ensembles have become larger, the students are increasingly embracing the full range of repertoire and style. As this has occurred, the existing instrumental rehearsal rooms have become too small for both the size of the groups and the amount of sound they are able to create. With impressive foresight, Fredonia’s administration has seen the importance of supporting this growth such that excellence can continue to prevail. When the new rehearsal rooms are available in 2010, we will have gained two acoustically appropriate rooms of two and three times the size of the existing rehearsal spaces. You can probably imagine why we’re excited about this development!