Facilities and Resources
***Please note: due to COVID-19, we have temporary building use rules and limitations in place until further notice. Preexisting access and use policies are in many cases changed or suspended. These temporary rules are detailed in this online document.***
Located at the southeastern corner of campus, the Music Department houses classrooms, rehearsal and practice spaces, music technology studios, and faculty and administrative offices. With more than 150 events each year, the buildings buzz with musical activity. The anchor of the department is the Orwig Music Building at 1 Young Orchard Avenue with classrooms, the music library, and faculty and administrative offices.
- Performance Spaces
- Orwig Music Library
- Classrooms and Offices
- Practice and Rehearsal Spaces
- Multimedia and Music Technology Studios
- Support & Policies
All classrooms are equipped with pianos and sound systems, and many classrooms double as rehearsal or performance space as the culmination of many of our courses is a performance or presentations.
Classes take place in our seminar rooms 109, 112 in Orwig and our small lecture hall room 315 Orwig. Larger lectures and performance classes take place in Grant Recital Hall. The studios at Steinert support our computer music and multimedia courses, and we also take advantage of teaching space at the Granoff Creative Arts Center.
The main administrative office is room 101 Orwig. Faculty offices are also located in Orwig.
The Morrison-Gerard teaching studios and Fulton Hall adjacent to Grant provide additional teaching and rehearsal space. Further down the block, the Steinert Practice Center contains a collection of practice rooms.
Problems with a facility? Report it to our facilities manager.
Are you looking to use a facility? You can view our Building Access Policies on Google Docs.
Do you have questions about how to use the classroom audio-visual equipment? This AV equipment help document may provide you with answers.
Reserving Music Event Space
If you would like to request Music Department Space, please review the Music Scheduling Principles and then fill out the Music Department Space Request Form. Deliver the completed form to the Events Coordinator in Orwig 101 or you can submit via email to [email protected] Your request will not be confirmed until you submit the attached Music Department Space Request form and obtain a Music Faculty Sponsor signature. The Events Coordinator will send a final confirmation to let you know the request has been booked.
Wind/Jazz Instrument Storage
There is an extremely limited amount of storage space, which we must reserve for very large instruments. Requests may be emailed to Director Matthew McGarrell. There is no storage available for small or medium sized instruments, except in exceptional circumstances.
Piano Tuning and Repair Services
Practice Rooms Policy
The Steinert Practice Center, on the corner of Hope and Power, contains a collection of soundproof Wenger cubicles, each with a grand or upright piano (or two, in some cases!). Undergraduate & graduate Brown students, RISD students, Summer School students, or anyone with a Brown affiliation (i.e., faculty spouse, faculty member or staff) are eligible to use them. Use of the practice space is first come/first served. Hours of operation: 7am-3am from September-May; 8am-midnight from June-August. Building access is pre-authorized for all Brown students, faculty, and staff. If you have a problem with your card access, send an email with Brown I.D. number to Lauren Bitsoli, or call 401-863-3234. RISD students are welcome to contact Lauren Bitsoli to arrange for a temporary access card. Please include full name, date of birth, email, and mailing address in your request.