Harris Fine Arts Center

Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center

The School of Music is housed in the Harris Fine Arts Center (HFAC), a comprehensive fine arts complex named after BYU’s fourth president, Franklin S. Harris, who was known for his love of the fine arts. The Center was dedicated April 3, 1965, by President Joseph Fielding Smith. Designed by William L. Pereira and Associates, the five-level structure sits on two acres of land and comprises 283,500 square feet of floor space. The building includes five theatres, two large rehearsal rooms, many individual practice rooms, ten pipe organs, classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, a piano lab, an organ lab, a 21-station technology center, a 24-channel stereo digital recording studio, and an electronic music studio. Additional large rehearsal spaces and teaching studios for Music Dance Theatre and Media Music students are found in the Richards Building.

Built in the shape of an “H”, the structure is prominently situated on the campus mall facing the Wilkinson Student Center and the Harold B. Lee Library. All the wings of the facility surround a central three-story open gallery where student and faculty art is regularly on display. The HFAC is also home to other academic areas of the College of Fine Arts and Communications, including the Department of Theatre and Media Arts and the Department of Visual Arts. The BYU Museum of Art, also part of the college, is housed in a separate building adjacent to the HFAC, where rare art and world-class exhibits are featured.De jong Concert Hall

The continental-style de Jong Concert Hall is the largest theater in the Harris Fine Arts Center, with a capacity of 1,268. This performance space is used by most of the major large ensembles in the School of Music for concerts as well as by many visiting artists.

The 400-seat Madsen Recital Hall (named for Drs. Franklin D. and Florence Jepperson Madsen, prominent BYU music educators), is the principal venue for student recitals, lectures, chamber music, and choir rehearsals.

The central office for the School of Music is in room C-550, near the south staircase on the fifth floor. The College Advisement Center on the fourth floor and the Ticket Office on the third (ground) floor are busy centers serving students and the general public.

Music Performance Library

The School of Music maintains a Performance Library, B311 HFAC, containing a comprehensive selection of sheet music for university bands, choirs, orchestras, and school-sponsored chamber groups. Music in the Performance Library is reserved exclusively for BYU School of Music performing ensembles and students, within the context of official university activities. Performance Library music may be checked out by current BYU School of Music students for use in BYU music classes in which they are enrolled, with faculty instructor approval. For more information, please refer to the Music Performance Library policy.

Music Library

The Music & Dance section of the university’s six-million-item Harold B. Lee Library contains more than 145,000 music scores, 42,000 CDs, 125,000 LPs, 6,700 video recordings, 60,600 books, and 1,500 periodicals (with over 570 active subscriptions). The Music & Dance section is located on level four of the HBLL within a large and comfortable space that features quiet study areas such as an elegant reading room with soft seating and numerous study carrels with outlets for laptop computers. The helpful staff is always available to help find and check out library materials, give answers to questions and recommendations for reading or listening, and give in-depth research assistance.

The Music & Dance section features numerous technological resources for listening to audio recordings, viewing video recordings in many formats, accessing music and dance resources through the Web, creating and editing audio recordings with professional-level software and equipment, as well as composing music with music notation software. Another listening and viewing facility in the library, the Media Center, provides media and support for all non-music or dance-related courses at the university. A number of advanced music courses use the classroom in the Music & Dance section that features state-of-the-art electronic equipment to enhance teaching and learning.

Music scores published for a wide variety of instrumentations (full scores, piano/vocal scores, scores and parts, sets of parts, etc.) can be checked out for study and performance. The music collections have a large number of scores for solo voice and instruments, as well as strong collections in chamber ensembles and larger works such as symphonies, concertos, operas, musicals, and oratorios. Special collections include the Primrose International Viola Archive and the International Harp Archives, both of which are the largest single collections of music for those instruments in the world. Also located in the Music & Dance section are the Bartók-Serly, Max Steiner, Capitol Records, Bruning Sheet Music, and Percy Faith collections as well as numerous rare early editions and music manuscripts housed in Music Special Collections. These materials are available for research by request.

For questions about the collections or facilities, see the staff at the Music & Dance Help Desk on level four of the HBLL, email them at musicdanceref@byu.edu, or call at 801-422-1725.

Instrument Shop and Student Lockers

The Instrument Office provides instruments and equipment for BYU School of Music classes. There may be a fee assessed based on use. For more information, refer to the instrument rental policy. Lockers are also available through the Instrument Office for those wishing to store their instruments in the HFAC for $10 per semester. The Instrument Office does not rent lockers for smaller instruments (i.e. flutes, clarinets, trumpets, etc.). For additional lockers, check BYU’s locker rental site at my.byu.edu under the miscellaneous tab.

The Instrument Office sells various instrumental items: reeds, strings, rosin, cork grease, valve oil, slide grease, metronomes, etc. Prices are comparable to online stores. For more information, rentals or purchases; contact the Instrument Office at HFAC E395, instrumentoffice@byu.edu, or 801-422-2352.

COVID-19 changes:

Students will not be able to share brass or woodwind instruments. String players should thoroughly wash their hands before playing their instruments. Please do not let hand sanitizer or alcohol wipes touch the string instruments as they will ruin the finish. New hand washing stations should be installed by the beginning of school next to the drinking fountains in the E Wing on the 2nd floor. Private instructors will determine who can check out restricted instruments. Majors will receive precedence. Instruments can be taken home for practice and storage without the usual $100 contract fee in the Provo area only. Students needing to use an instrument outside of Provo must contact the Instrument Office and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Electronic Facilities

One of the most valuable facilities available to School of Music students is the Advanced Lab for Music Applications (ALMA lab) in C485 HFAC. This lab contains 24 computer stations with MIDI keyboards and a variety of music software (including Finale music notation, ear training drills, and sophisticated music sequencers) and is available to music students whenever courses are not being held there. Graduating seniors regularly refer to this facility as one of the most valuable resources the School of Music has to offer.

The Electronic Music Studio (E-329 HFAC) is devoted to the creation of new compositions that extend and continue to explore the sound worlds introduced by classical electronic music. In addition to an analog synthesizer and reel-to-reel tape machines, the studio is equipped with eight-channel sound and a ProTools HD system, and with a Power Mac G5 tower that is equipped with the latest electronic music software: Max 5, Native Instrument’s Komplete package, Logic Pro, and a KYMA X system.

Commercial Music students gain valuable experience in the school’s state-of-the-art digital recording studios and MIDI production labs. A 48-channel NEVE Genesys tops a long list of professional recording and audio production equipment accessible to students. The MIDI suites have the latest DAW production software such as ProTools, Logic Pro X, Digital Performer, and a vast array of virtual instrument sound libraries. Students will also learn the art of post-production in one of three 5.1 surround-sound mixing suites. The concert halls have comprehensive sound reinforcement equipment (with multi-input boards). The school endeavors to procure and maintain the very latest electronic keyboard, computer, sequencing, and MIDI equipment.

Practice Rooms

The School of Music maintains 56 practice rooms, found on the second floor of the HFAC in the A, B, C, and E wings. These practice rooms contain a variety of musical instruments and are set up to accommodate different student needs. For more information, please refer to the practice room policy.

Ensemble Rooms

The School of Music maintains four rehearsal rooms: two for large ensembles (E250 and E251) and two for small ensembles (A211 and A244).

The small ensemble rehearsal rooms located in A-211 and A-244 HFAC are available to any small ensemble during regular building hours, though students enrolled in organized chamber music groups have first priority. Some times are blocked out to accommodate devotionals, family home evening, and specific course ensembles. The rooms are found near the tunnel vending machines. Students may schedule rehearsal times through the Academic Administrative Assistant, C-550, parksm@byu.edu. A-211 is open throughout the hours the building is open. A-244 requires a numeric entry code that is obtained from the Instrument Office after the room has been scheduled and a contract has been signed. Only students who have scheduled A-244 through the proper channels are allowed in the room. No food or drink is permitted in the ensemble rooms.

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