campus life

Campus + Facilities

YSM has spaces specially created for musicians’ needs.

Students practice, rehearse, and study in Hendrie Hall, take classes and lessons in Leigh Hall, and perform in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall, among other venues.

Spaces at YSM

Practice, study, and perform in the Yale School of Music’s recently renovated and expanded facilities.

Morse Recital Hall + Sprague Memorial Hall

Sprague Memorial Hall, located at the corner of College and Wall streets, is home to many of the Yale School of Music’s most important resources. Morse Recital Hall, the School's primary performance venue, is on the second and third floors. The Center for Studies in Music Technology (CSMT) and practice rooms are located on the basement floor; the admissions, business, concert, and registrar’s offices and the Fred Plaut Recording Studio are located on the first floor.

Leigh Hall

Abby and Mitch Leigh Hall, located at 435 College St., is home to numerous faculty studios, the offices of the Dean, and classrooms that also serve as rehearsal spaces. 

 

Parker Recital Hall 

Parker Recital Hall, on the fourth floor of Leigh Hall, is an intimate hall used for informal student recitals, YSM classes, lectures, workshops, and other events. It can also be reserved by students for practice, rehearsal, or recording.

Adams Center for Musical Arts + Hendrie Hall

After an extensive two-year renovation project, Hendrie Hall reopened in January 2017 as part of the new Adams Center for Musical Arts, which connects Hendrie to Leigh Hall. The renovations reimagined existing rooms and created more practice rooms and faculty studios, as well as two entirely new spaces: a stunning three-story orchestra rehearsal room and a student commons where YSM and Yale College students gather.

Shared by the Yale School of Music and Yale College, the spaces in Hendrie hall are home to the Yale Philharmonia, Yale Opera, and Yale Percussion Group, and the undergraduate Yale Symphony Orchestra, Yale Glee Club, and Yale Bands.

Sudler Recital Hall

Sudler Recital Hall seats 200 and is located in William L. Harkness Hall on the Sterling Memorial Quadrangle next to Sprague Memorial Hall. A space shared by Yale College and the School of Music, many School of Music student recitals, lectures, chamber music performances, and other events take place here, in addition to undergraduate classes.

Woolsey Hall

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Woolsey Hall, a 2,650-seat concert auditorium, is one of the bicentennial buildings of Yale University and is located at the corner of College and Grove Streets in New Haven, Connecticut. It is used extensively and primarily for official University functions and musical events.

Woolsey Hall hosts performances by the Yale Philharmonia, Yale Schola Cantorum, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Yale Concert Band, Yale Glee Club, student and guest organists, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and more.

Morris Steinert Collection of Musical instruments

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The Morris Steinert Collection of Musical Instruments is located on Yale's Central Campus at 15 Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. It is within walking distance of libraries, galleries, and the University’s undergraduate admissions office. 

Admission to the Collection is free, but contributions are gladly accepted to further the museum’s educational programs, concert series, and ongoing exhibits.

Yale Libraries and resources

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The Irving S. Gilmore Library, the Oral History of American Music, Historical Sound Recordings, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library are all resources available to School of Music students. Explore the vast resources that are housed in Yale’s libraries, collections, and galleries.

Institute of Sacred Music campus

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The facilities for the Institute of Sacred Music are located primarily on Prospect Hill. The Sterling Divinity Quadrangle houses the ISM Great Hall–a multi-purpose room used for classes, rehearsals, and other events–and also provides offices for some ISM faculty and staff. The organ studio contains the Martin Pasi organ from 2011 and is used for teaching and practice. Four organ practice rooms are available to those taking organ lessons and three piano practice rooms are open for general usage. The ISM choral library houses over 7,500 titles for use by the many ensembles sponsored by the ISM.

piano services
The School of Music offers piano services to pianos that have been damaged or may not be functioning properly across Yale's campus.

Classroom Technology + Media Production

At Yale, it’s easy to get high-quality recordings of your rehearsals and performances. With the Center for Studies in Music Technology, the School's Media Production department, and other campus resources, students can gain a practical and theoretical knowledge base in music technology. 

School of Music students should consult ArtsVision for more information about the Media Production department’s services and classroom technology.

 

Creative technologies at YSM