• Recording Studio

  • Southwick Hall

  • Recital Hall

Make music with inspiring surroundings

Musicians know that environment matters when working on their craft. For that reason alone, studying music at UVM, with its historic campus set in the Champlain Valley amidst looming mountain ranges and a picturesque lake, offers an unmatched creative and educational playground.

Teaching facilities

Southwick classroom with grand piano

The Music Department's teaching facility is housed entirely in the Southwick Music Complex, and includes modern practice and teaching facilities, a piano pab, a music technology lab, a recording studio, and a Music Library. There you create and study along with other musicians and music mentors. The Southwick Music Complex is located on Redstone Campus -- one of five smaller "campuses" within the UVM campus, all within close proximity to each other (just several minutes walk apart).

Performance facilities

The Southwick Music Complex houses classroom space, the 300-seat Recital Hall, and the Southwick Ballroom which is used for classes, rehearsals and performances.

Ira Allen Chapel, named for the founder of the University, is a 900-seat performance space built by in 1925 and designed by the firm of McKim, Mead and White. The chapel is located on the green of the main campus and is one of Burlington's most prominent landmarks and a superb performance hall.

There are several other inspirational and more intimate spaces on campus where we offer performances, including the Billings Library, built by H.H. Richardson; the John Dewey Lounge, with its magnificent stained glass windows; and the Fleming Museum's magnificent marble court.

Practice facilities

We have nine private practice rooms with upright pianos which are open to the entire UVM community. Enter the Music Buildng via the sets of four glass double doors and turn right. You will find six on the main level, three more on the basement level. These rooms are first-come, first-served. No key or sign-out is required. The rooms are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

We also have practice rooms with baby grand pianos, harp, drum set, and percussion equipment. They may be signed out by students taking private lessons on those instruments, with faculty permission. Contact your instructor for more information.

Performance Instruments

Performing instruments include Steinway and Yamaha concert grand pianos, a Fisk organ, a complete battery of percussion instruments, and a French double harpsichord by Tourin. Teaching and practice instruments include pianos by Steinway, Yamaha, and Boston, and organs by Brombaugh. Many instruments are available for loan to music majors, students playing in ensembles, and students taking lessons. Please contact the music office for more information.

Space Rental

All outside parties wishing to use university space must contact UVM Conferences and Events - CampusEvents@uvm.edu

Burlington, Vermont: a musical epicenter

Natural beauty aside, Burlington is known for both producing great musicians and for housing an immense music scene for a small city. Learn more about the arts at UVM.