Facilities and Resources
The Middlebury College Music Department is located in the 100,000-square-foot Mahaney Center for the Arts, which opened in 1992. Special Facilities located there which relate to the study of music are the following:
- 400-seat concert hall, an exquisite acoustical space with 27' by 40' elliptical stage and a wrap-around balcony. Mark Christensen is the technical director of this space.
- 9 practice rooms, all equipped with pianos—two of the rooms contain two grand pianos
- One of the practice rooms has a French double-manual harpsichord built by William Dowd in 1964. The action was upgraded by his shop in 1985. It has five octaves and three choirs of strings. Private lessons are available form Cynthia Huard. There is also a three-rank portatif organ available for student use.
- The Music collection in the Davis Family Library contains reference, CD, book, video, and score collections in the field of music and dance. In the library's Special Collections, the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection comprises an archive of recordings and other primary sourced materials documenting the vanishing tradition of the English-language folk ballad. (NOTE: These collections are NOT in the CFA)
Electronic music lab, with computer workstations and software for the creation of digital music compositions, under the guidance of Professor Peter Hamlin. Also available in the music department are MIDI keyboards and computers with software for creating music scores.
- The large pipe organ in Mead Chapel was constructed by the Gress-Miles Organ Company in 1971, and dedicated by Professor Emeritus Emory Fanning, College Organist. It has three keyboards, and some 3100 pipes of various sizes, comprising 50 ranks or sets of pipes. Many outstanding organists have given recitals on this brilliant and versatile instrument; and it is also used to accompany numerous services and concerts. Recent additions include computer generated key/stop action, which allows innovative assistance to the performer; as well as playback memory, and digital pedal stops. Students interested in organ study should contact Professor Fanning: College X5607 or 802-388-6897.