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Piano Renewal Initiative

Please consider supporting our Piano Renewal Initiative. If you have a high-quality piano in good condition that you are no longer using, or if you would like to purchase or contribute towards a new piano, please contact the Department of Music Office for more information regarding our specific needs.

Metropolitan Club donates Steinway M grand piano

Katz Foundation donates new Steinway recital piano

Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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FACILITIES


The Department of Music occupies the third floor and basement of Lulu Vere Childers Hall – the Division of Fine Arts building. These facilities are for the exclusive use of validated students enrolled in Department of Music courses and ensembles.

Opened in 1961, Childers Hall is a three-story brick and cinder block structure which forms the north side of the main quad (aka "The Yard") at the heart of the University's main campus.

 
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Aerial view of Howard University Main Campus. Childers Hall is at top, center of left half of photo.


The third floor houses administrative offices of the Department; a 112-seat recital hall furnished with a 7' Model B Steinway grand piano; 19 faculty teaching studios; a pipe organ studio; four classrooms for courses in music theory, history, education, and therapy; and a Smart Room (a 43-seat, theater-style classroom equipped for contemporary media presentations).

 
Childers Hall – Main Entrance
Keyboard Lab

In addition, two laboratories are located on the third floor:

• A Keyboard Laboratory containing eleven Yamaha PF85 and P105 electronic pianos for group instruction. When there are no classes scheduled in the Keyboard Lab, it is available for individual practice with headphones during normal business hours.

• A Jazz Studies Digital Music Laboratory comprising multiple work stations that include an iMac computer, keyboard/synthesizer, stereo speakers and headphones. In addition, the laboratory contains state-of-the-art, studio-quality recording and playback equipment.

 
Electronic Music Lab
Digital Music Lab


The basement area of Childers Hall houses a band rehearsal room, band offices, band storage rooms, five teaching studios, and 23 practice rooms, most of which are equipped with an upright or grand piano, and one with a pipe organ. The practice rooms are of average size (10'x10'), and served by a central forced-air HVAC system. Sound abatement material is installed on the cinder block walls, and each room has an acoustical dropped tile ceiling.

The Department of Music owns 27 grand pianos, 35 uprights, 18 electronic pianos, one harpsichord, and two pipe organs. Furthermore, the Department receives support from the area of University Services (Office of Choirs and Bands) which provides a wide range of musical instruments that all University students may be permitted to use.

 
Childers Hall – Main Entrance
Childers Recital Hall


Departmental recitals are presented in Childers Recital Hall on the third floor, and occasionally in Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel where a grand piano and a three-manual pipe organ are available. In addition, the Department of Music often schedule larger ensemble performances, including orchestra, wind ensemble, choir and jazz ensemble concerts, in 1,500-seat Cramton Auditorium or 300-seat Ira Aldridge Theater, both of which adjoin Childers Hall.

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Announcements

On-Campus Auditions for
Fall 2019
Admission
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Appointment requuired.
UndergradGrad

University Academic Calendar 2018-2019 (rev. 04/06/2018)

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Event Highlights

Many of our events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

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SELECT UPCOMING EVENTS:

Holiday Jazz Choir Concert
featuring
Afro Blue, SAASy, HU Jazz Singers and special guests HU Youth Jazz Choir - Childers Recital Hall, Wed, Nov 28, 7:30pm FREE

Jazz Choirs Christmas 2018 Concert Poster

Chamber Orchestra Fall Concert
Program
Telemann Viola Concerto, Lyric for Strings by George Walker, Mozart Symphony #40 in d minor - Childers Recital Hall, Sun, Dec 2, 4:00pm FREE

HU Orchestra Fall 2018 Concert Poster

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