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Murphy Hall

Murphy Hall, named for former KU Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy, houses the School of Music. It is a 5-level facility with offices for faculty members in applied music, music theory and composition, musicology, opera, music education, music therapy, and ensembles. Designed for music and theatre, it contains 4 performance areas.

  • Crafton-Preyer Theatre provides a venue for plays, operas, musical theatre shows, and concerts. It is a fully equipped, 1,188-seat proscenium stage facility.
  • William Inge Memorial Theatre is an intimate black-box facility with seating for up to 125, suitable for plays and small opera productions.
  • Swarthout Recital Hall, a 340-seat facility with exceptional acoustics, is dedicated to faculty and student solo and chamber music presentations and occasional opera productions.
  • The Baustian Theatre, a black-box facility for opera and musical theatre productions, seats 125 and has a dressing room and wardrobe area, set construction and storage area, and office and performance control areas.

Murphy Hall also houses classrooms, practice rooms, rehearsal halls, and storage facilities for instruments and sheet music. The Electronic Music Studio contains a digital workstation for the recording and production of electronic music and video.

The Kansas Center for Music Technology in Murphy Hall promotes the development and application of current technologies in music instruction, research, and creative projects. Its Computer Center contains 32 fully networked multimedia workstations. KCMT has a library of commercially available software for evaluation, experimentation, and integration into existing courses. The lab also contains 3 high-end workstations for professional-quality digital audio, digital video, and DVD authoring. The library includes basic productivity and Internet software; music notation and sequencing, ear-training, CD-ROMs, and drill design software; and digital editing software for audio, video, multimedia, and Web authoring. Through workshops and music technology courses, KCMT helps faculty members and students develop innovative new software.

The Thomas Gorton Music and Dance Library in Murphy Hall houses more than 111,000 scores, books, sound recordings, videos, microforms, and serials, and has the leading music collection in the Great Plains. It features digital workstations; study carrels; comfortable seating; and public display of new acquisitions, current periodicals, and special exhibitions. Students can make full use of music and dance information resources. The Joe and Joyce Hale Media System allows remote listening and viewing from 30 locations in the library, including 328 media carrels, the seminar room, and the group study room. Media carrels have remote controls, MIDI music keyboards, mini-disk recorders, computers, and video monitors.

The Music Education and Music Therapy Complex in Murphy Hall contains a model music education classroom, a general music instruction classroom, large and small therapy clinical spaces, three research spaces, faculty offices, the Psychology and Acoustics of Music Laboratory, and the Music Therapy Clinic, a clinical training and research facility. In addition, the complex houses a Vocology Laboratory, which affords excellent resources for research-based understanding of singing voice phenomena. The stationary lab facilitates acquisition and analysis of voice data in a controlled environment. It also provides mobile configurations of resources for field-based research and pedagogy in voice studios, choir rehearsal areas, classrooms, and music therapy clinics. A Polycom system enables interactive distance delivery of music education and music therapy graduate courses throughout Kansas and anywhere in the world.

Lied Center

The Lied Center of Kansas is a 2,020-seat performing arts hall. On KU’s west campus at Irving Hill Road and Constant Avenue, it is the venue for the Lied Center Series. It also presents School of Music productions, Student Union Activities shows, and university and community events. The performing arts hall offers excellent acoustic quality and technical production capabilities. The stage features a 56-foot-wide proscenium opening, resilient wood floor, counterweighted rigging system, and ample wing space. There is a full complement of backstage support areas including seven dressing rooms, dance rehearsal studio, two warm-up rooms, a Greenroom, and a production office.

The Dane and Polly Bales Organ Recital Hall is acoustically designed for the teaching and performance of organ music. It has seating for 200 and is attached to the Lied Center main lobbies at two levels. It houses a 45-stop mechanical key-action (electric stop-action) organ built by Hellmuth Wolff et Associés, one of the finest builders of organs in the world. The hall is available to organ students for practice, lessons, and recitals. Its aesthetics are enhanced by three magnificent stained glass windows designed by Peter Thompson, former dean of Fine Arts.

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