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Weber Music Hall
Designed by world-renown architect Cesar Pelli, the Weber is one of the best intimate music venues in the country.
The 350-seat concert venue’s inimitable shell-like dome stands out amidst the campus landscape, but it is much more than a visual statement. The shell allows the intimate venue to have the sound of much larger space. Designed for changeable acoustics, Weber Hall was created with the performer in mind. For the more than one thousand undergraduates participating in music courses each year, not to mention the many student, resident, and guest performers who grace its stage, Weber Music Hall is the heart of music performance and appreciation for UMD and the Duluth community.
Music classes are held on the first and second floors of the Humanities building, in Bohannon and Montague Hall large lecture rooms, in the Weber Hall building and at the Chester Park building. Most ensemble classes are held at the Chester Park building while lecture classes are held mostly in the other faclities listed. Practice rooms are located in the lower levels of both the Humanities and Chester Park building. A state of the art computer lab with keyboards and music technology is also found in the Humanities building on the lower level.
Preparing music majors to be fluent in the use of Music Technology is a high priority in the Department of Music. The new Music Technology Lab, located in Humanities 160, is a state-of-the-art facility designed to provide students and faculty with the means to create, produce and distribute musical and other collaborative artistic projects from one location. It is a fifteen-station lab featuring Apple Macintosh iMac computers as well as three high-end Apple Mac Pro workstations. In addition to the computer hardware, the lab is capable of presenting video in high-definition sound and audio and each workstation has the following software available for use:
- Digital Performer
- Garritan Instruments
- Apple Final Cut
- Apple iWork
- Apple iLife
Additionally, the lab is capable of in-room recording and doubles as the student piano lab featuring Yamaha CP300 keyboards. Students must bring their own removable storage media (flash drives) for use in the computer lab. The lab is open seven days a week with hours posted outside the door.
Music Studios and Classrooms
Faculty studios and music classrooms are equipped with excellent audio and video equipment. There are twenty-five practice rooms.
UMD’s choral ensembles utilize the recently remodeled choral rehearsal hall; large instrumental ensembles rehearse in the Marshall Performing Arts Center rehearsal hall, equipped for use by both acoustic and electronic ensembles. Jazz combos and chamber ensembles meet in the new Singer Rehearsal Hall adjacent to Weber Music Hall.
Music Education Resource Center
The Music Education Resource Center offers music students listening equipment and opportunities for study and for the design of teaching strategies. Materials contained in this center include the complete UMD Library collection of teaching materials, as well as a large collection of CDs, audio tapes, videotapes, other recordings and reference texts.