Facilities and Resources

Recital Hall

Bowdoin's Studzinski Recital HallBowdoin's Studzinski Recital Hall, with nine practice rooms and a rehearsal room, opened in May of 2007. The 275 seat hall features adjustable acoustics to suit the many different ensembles and soloists that will perform there.

Gibson Hall

Gibson Hall houses the main business of the Department of Music and includes rehearsal rooms and practice rooms/teaching studios, the Beckwith Music Library, Electronic Music Labs, faculty offices, a 68-seat classroom/recital hall, and a more intimate seminar room. It is located on the main quadrangle, on Park Row between the Walker Art Building and the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. More >>

The Tillotson Room

The Tillotson Room The Tillotson Room is used by the Department of Music for larger classes, small concerts, and ensemble rehearsals. In an effort to update the Audio/Visual equipment and increase the utility of the room, the room was extensively renovated in the summer and fall of 2004. More >>

The Chapel

With acoustics so impressive that professional ensembles have rented it for making recordings, the Chapel is an ideal space for choral, brass, and organ performances. Designed by architect Richard Upjohn after Romanesque models, it was completed in the early 1850s.  The Chapel is home to a new Steinway grand, a Baroque-style tracker organ and a larger Romantic organ.

Beckwith Music Library

Beckwith Music Library
See a panoramic view of the Beckwith Music Library

The recently renovated Beckwith Music Library, also located in Gibson Hall, contains a strong collection of sound recordings (particular areas of strength include jazz, avant-garde music of this century, Renaissance music, opera, and world music), and an excellent collection of performing scores. It also has individual listening stations, and networked computers. While many music reference materials are located in the Beckwith Music Library, books about music (history, literature, theory) are housed in the main Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, next door to Gibson.

Electronic Music Lab


Gibson Hall is also home to the Electronic Music Labs, where students can do recording, sound sampling and digital editing as part of the Electronic Music or Audio Recording Techniques courses, or for independent studies.

Music Instruments

The Music Department has an extensive collection of instruments, including 18 grand pianos for practice and performance, two harpsichords, and the two pipe organs in the Chapel. We also own a small collection of early music instruments (recorders, viols, krummhorns, etc.), a collection of West African drums, and a small collection of Asian string instruments.