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FACILITIES, EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY

In 1990, with a lead gift by philanthropist Doris Chanin Freedman and a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Albright College launched a $6.5 million building project under the direction of architect Adele Santos, who collaborated with sculptor Mary Miss to create the central plaza and amphitheater that form the heart of our Center for the Arts (CFA).

Around this central artwork, Santos designed a south wing to house the Art Department, with studios for drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and woodworking. The north wing houses the Freedman Gallery, with a small outdoor sculpture court separating it from the northeast wing, which is home to the Music Department and its studios, practice rooms and Roop Hall performance space. The costume and fashion sewing lab connects this floor via a breezeway to the Campus Center. On the second floor of this wing sit the Recording Studio, Wachovia Theatre, box office and mezzanine, where special events and receptions are held. Klein Hall, which serves as a space for class lectures and is home to the International Film Series, directly connects the CFA to the Campus Center on this level.

Across campus from the Center for the Arts is our 900-seat Memorial Chapel that serves as the performing venue for our choral and instrumental programs. 

Facilities and Equipment

  • Recording Studio | Located on the second floor of the Center for the Arts, this suite of three adjoining rooms… 

  • Roop Hall | The multiuse classroom/recital space seats 150 and includes a small stage and Yamaha grand piano; home to 3-4 Concert Series events per year and used as practice space for 4 choral ensembles and 4 instrumental bands offering 8-12 student concerts per year.

  • Wachovia Theatre | A 270-seat proscenium theatre with adjacent workshop, control room, box office, green room/dressing rooms and costume/sewing lab; home to the Domino Players, Albright College Thespian Society and both the Less Than or Equal To and Soviet Purgatory Improv troupes, which produce 4-5 main stage productions and 12-20 student projects per year.  This space also serves as a recital hall for various guest artists and performing groups.

  • Memorial Chapel | Acoustically rich and visually stunning, this 900-seat space serves as the performing venue for the combined choirs, the band/chamber orchestra concerts, Albright Idol, and other cultural events throughout the year. The chapel is equipped with a Baldwin concert grand piano and the Maier Memorial Organ -- donated by William E. Maier, HH.D., ’31, in memory of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Maier. This spectacular pipe organ, built and installed by the Shantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio, boasts 2,345 pipes, 54 stops, and is a 40-rank instrument with three manual and pedal divisions, or which the choir and swell divisions are under expression.

  • WXAC 91.3 FM | With studios and offices located in the basement of the Library/Administration Building, Albright College’s own radio station offers first-hand opportunities for students to learn about marketing, public relations and communications, as well as the delivery side of the music business industry.

Technology

Depending on the courses taken and experiential learning opportunities in which you partake, you may come into contact with and develop skills using the following databases, programs, and equipment:

  • ProTools (industry standard sound and video editing)
  • Reason (music production software)
  • Sibelius (music notation software)
  • SchoolDude (online space/venue scheduling software)
  • University Tickets (online ticketing system and subscriber database)
  • WebPort and Citrix (financial accounting and budget reconciliation software)