Wittenberg’s Music Department is located in Krieg Hall, where students have access to an impressive collection of computer facilities and music instruments.
Wittenberg’s library has an extensive and varied collection of books, music scores, and professional journals, as well as over 22,000 recordings and videos of classical music, world music, and popular music.
John M. Chowning Laboratory for Music Technology
Composer, inventor, and Wittenberg alumnus John M. Chowning (BM ’59) provided generous financial assistance for the Music Department’s computer lab, which supports composition students in their studio work and music production and is used for teaching courses in music technology.
Six workstations are equipped with Macintosh computers, MIDI keyboards, and software for notation, sequencing, ear training, and music theory. The lab has a wide array of hardware synthesizers (Kurzweil, Yamaha, and Roland), as well as a MIDI wind controller, a theremin, and tools for composing for video. Students can use programs such as Finale for music notation, Digital Performer for sequencing and arranging, plus such open-source software as Csound, so composers can study software synthesis for music composition and sound design and may produce their works on CD or DVD.
Recent additions include iMac upgrades for all workstations, an 11 x 17 laser printer, an audio interface for recording, and orchestral-instrument sound libraries for arranging and music production.
Students and guest artists frequently perform in Wittenberg’s newly renovated 135-seat Krieg Concert Hall, which is equipped with digital recording equipment. A 51-rank, 3000-pipe Reuter organ and a 9-foot Bösendorfer concert grand piano are located in Wittenberg’s central Weaver Chapel.
Students have access to a wide variety of instruments in the music building:
- 57 pianos, including 23 grands
- five pipe organs
- two harpsichords
- a four-octave set of White Chapel handbells
- more than 100 modern and early instruments for student use
Evelyn and Harold Figley Electronic Keyboard Lab
The generous assistance of the Rev. Harold Figley (in memory of his wife, Evelyn, BM ’52) has made possible Wittenberg’s modern, 16-unit Kurzweil electronic keyboard lab. Each keyboard has a full 88-note range, 10 preset sounds, and weighted keys. All keyboards are networked together through the instructor’s MIDI programmable instrument, to allow the addition of MIDI accompaniments. The Music Department thanks Rev. Harold Figley (BS ’49, BD ’53) for his support of the music program.
Students have the opportunity to perform in two performance facilities. Krieg Recital Hall is perfect for recitals and for concerts of chamber music:
Weaver Chapel is used for performances by Wittenberg’s large ensembles: