Facilities & Equipment
- Wesley Chapel (PDF, 206KB)
- Center for the Arts (PDF, 803KB)
Mailboxes are provided for music majors in the Center for the Arts. These are found in the hallway next to the Recital Hall for intra-departmental communication of all sorts. It is your responsibility to check your box regularly (twice daily is recommended). Any information not received because YOU did not check your box is YOUR problem.
The CFA lounge is on the second floor in the practice room area, next to the recital hall balcony.
A coatroom is located on the first floor of the CFA, directly across from the mailboxes.
Each music major is assigned a locker, either in the large locker room next to the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall or in the hallway outside CFA 145. A school lock is provided for you, and it is required that you use only this lock (no personal locks) for your locker. If the lock assigned to you is lost, there will be a $10.00 charge to your account.
Houghton, while resembling the New Jerusalem in some respects, is not without some evidence of human frailty. Specifically, there are rare but occasional thefts of music, instruments or personal belongings from practice rooms. The college assumes no responsibility for items of any sort left unattended or unsecured. While this is a common practice in our community, and a welcome one, it is not without a small risk. If you are concerned about your personal materials, secure them in a locker. Should you choose to leave your materials in a practice room, you also choose the risk of losing them.
The bulletin boards in the student lounge, mailbox area, and in the elevator are for announcements of a general nature. There are additional bulletin boards for choral ensembles (outside the recital hall Green Room), instrumental ensembles (outside Room 134), and music education (outside Room 231). Each faculty member has a bulletin board outside his/her studio as well. You should regularly check all boards that apply to you!
Practice rooms are equipped with what you will need to grow and develop in your musical discipline. They are primarily work spaces, each used by many different people. Contrary to some beliefs, these rooms are neither private storage areas nor private living quarters! Please be thoughtful of your fellow students in your stewardship of these work spaces. See 1.4-B for practice room sign-up procedures See I-4.D above for the risks of leaving materials in practice spaces long-term.
The Ensemble Libraries house the literature of the major ensembles. They can serve as a valuable music education resource for examining potential repertoire for choir, band, orchestra, etc. In addition, there are some opera and musical theater scores available for checkout by students. Access to ensemble libraries is through either ensemble directors or ensemble librarians. You are personally financially responsible for any scores checked out to you that are missing.
See the Music Library section.
Keyboard Instruments & Maintenance
The Greatbatch School of Music is grateful for its fine pianos and organs. We and you, as Christian stewards, are responsible for their careful use and maintenance.
Pianos and organs are regularly tuned before the fall semester, and during winter and spring breaks. Major maintenance, and fine voicing and regulation are done during summer vacation.
As a piano or organ student, you can help immensely in both tuning and maintenance of instruments by:
- Putting ONLY MUSIC on your instrument.
- Allowing no air drafts on your instrument.
- Closing practice room windows when you leave the room.
- Promptly reporting maintenance or repair needs: tuning, service (e.g. broken string, sluggish action, faulty pedal, etc.) and voicing (e.g. too strident or too weak tone) on an Instrument Repair Card (available in music office).
Treat these instruments with great care as you would a piece of fine furniture. They are expensive and sensitive.
Organs & Harpsichords
The Greatbatch School has four organs for use by students in organ. Chief among these is the 61-rank Holtkamp in the chapel auditorium. View a complete Holtkamp stop list. The ‘Halfkamp,’ the Andover, and the Moore, all smaller practice organs, are located on the lower level of Wesley Chapel. These instruments are reserved for students currently taking organ; other use is by permission of the college organist.
The college has two harpsichords—one a new, very fine Willard Martin Italian harpsichord. These instruments are reserved for students currently taking organ; other use is by permission of the college organist. Students who wish to accompany a recital at the organ or harpsichord must obtain prior permission of the college organist.
The performance grand pianos in the recital hall and Wesley Chapel are kept locked. Keys are only issued to students with the approval of the keyboard faculty.
The Yamaha piano in the recital hall is the designated rehearsal instrument. Please do not use the Steinway for routine ensemble rehearsal.
Piano majors have priority in scheduling practice spaces with grand pianos in them.
Varieties of small instruments are available for use by students in Symphonic Winds and Philharmonia, as well as in various instruments classes. See the appropriate faculty member for sign-out procedures. Instrument checkout must be approved by the appropriate professor.
All college instruments are to be kept in their designated lockers and NOT in your personal locker or living quarters.
Some college instruments may be signed out during school breaks by using a form available from the music office, which is to be signed by the appropriate professor. This form confirms your financial responsibility for the instrument while it is in you care. When school resumes, the instrument is to be checked in to the appropriate faculty member.