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.
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).
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.
We have eight private practice rooms with upright pianos. Due to COVID-19, access to the practice rooms is restricted to music majors, department ensemble participants (MUE), and students taking private lessons (MUL). Practice rooms are available by reservation only and will be monitored. Rooms will have one hour between users to allow air to fully circulate.
We also have practice rooms with baby grand pianos, harp, drum set, and percussion equipment. They may be available to students taking private lessons on those instruments, with instructor permission. Contact your lesson instructor for more information.
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.
All outside parties wishing to use university space must contact UVM Conferences and Events - CampusEvents@uvm.edu