In addition to the desks and chairs one expects to see in any classroom, the classrooms in the music department are equipped with an artist-quality grand piano, professional sound system, and computer-projection capabilities. In these classrooms, students experience the great masterworks and discover new works through listening, analysis, and exploring historical context. In addition to the Bucknell professors, guest artists and lecturers are frequent visitors to these rooms. And, students are frequent speakers, presenting the results of their own research.
The Keyboard Computer Lab features 17 stations to ensure that all students have time for individual practice, whether it be learning to apply principles of harmonization or practicing a keyboard duet with a colleague (that the instructor could broadcast to the entire class or allow you and your colleague to practice in private). Music-theory computer programs and notation programs afford students exceptional opportunities for both individual and group work.
The Music Library is located in the Sigfried Weis Music Building, Room 120.
Monday - Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - noon; 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.; 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. - noon; 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.; 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Music Library is closed during fall and spring breaks and during the summer.
Music Librarian Laurel Evans can be reached at ph: 570.577.3896 fax: 570.577.1215.
The Department's many practice rooms are open to music students throughout the day and most of the night. Many are equipped with grand pianos. Others are designed for solo instrumentalists, singers, or chamber groups. The percussion studio, located on the same level as the practice rooms, houses timpani, a custom marimba, a xylophone, and all of the other "traps" any percussionist would wish to employ as well as the gamelan instrument collection. Also on this level, a central lounge area with tables and chairs is a gathering place for students wishing to study together, or take a break from practicing.
The Kushell Music Endowment was established in 1971 to provide support for residencies that enhance the instructional and performance offerings of the Department of Music. Since its inception, the program has brought to the community of Lewisburg and the university campus an impressive array of nationally recognized performers, scholars, music educators and composers for residencies and special programs. Some examples of recent events follow.
Patricia Shehan Campbell, Professor of Music, University of Washington. Dr. Campbell visited several classes and led a special three-hour Dalcroze and world music workshop as part of Bucknell University's Music Education Methodology Series. Bucknell music education majors as well as educators from across the state attended.
John Schaefer, music director of WNYC and host of New Sounds. Lecture and class visits associated with string quartet ETHEL's performance in the Weis Center Artist Series.
Richard and Deborah Cornell, faculty at Boston University. Joint residency with department of art and art history.
I Gusti Nyoman Darta, gamelan expert. Coaching, class visits, and performance of shadow puppetry.
Jill O'Brien, violinist. Coaching of and performance with string ensemble.
Dave Liebman, NEA Jazz Master. Coaching of improvisation ensemble.
Paavali Jumppanen, pianist. Class visits, one-on-one masterclasses, and a special performance of Professor of Music William Duckworth's Time Curve Preludes.
The Natalie Davis Rooke Recital Hall is one of the most active spaces on campus. On any given day, one might hear a student recital, a faculty recital, a guest soloist, or a chamber-music recital. The 160-seat hall boasts excellent acoustics — tunable with the touch of a button — as well as recording capabilities, a harpsichord, and a 9' Steinway concert grand piano. In addition, a generous backstage area includes a green room where students, faculty, and guest artists relax and prepare for performances. Students can reserve the recital hall for rehearsals and recitals.
The Sigfried Weis Music Building was completed in 2000. It houses the department's recital hall, classrooms, music library, practice rooms, student lounges, music faculty studios - in short it provides great facilities for a dedicated group of musicians, allowing students exceptional opportunities to pursue their musical interests.
The Sigmund and Claire Weis Center for the Performing Arts is one of the most highly regarded concert halls in the region. Completed in 1988, its 1,200-seat hall provides a beautiful venue to hear Bucknell ensembles such as the Bands, Choirs, Opera Company, and Orchestra. Professional ensembles of all types, from around the globe, are frequent guests, providing a first-rate cultural component to a Bucknell education while enriching the entire community with their performances.
The Weis Center also boasts outstanding rehearsal facilities for many of the Department of Music's student ensembles.
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