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Valparaiso University Center for the Arts
Music courses take place in the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts (VUCA), which also includes the 275-seat University Theatre and 170-seat Duesenberg Recital Hall.
The VUCA functions as a working laboratory for performance, production, presentation, and management for concerts on campus, special events off campus, tours, and recordings. Offering a wide range of opportunities for students in performance and technical support for music and theatre, the Center for the Arts serves as a crossroads of artistic expression. Valparaiso University Center for the Arts »
Chapel of the Resurrection
At the center of campus, Valpo’s stunning Chapel of the Resurrection is home to a wide range of worship programs and to the state-of-the-art Reddel Memorial Organ. The Chapel resounds constantly with sounds of student musicians practicing, praising, and performing. Chapel of the Resurrection »
Practice rooms with and without pianos are available for students registered for studio lessons or ensemble music instruction.
Four organ studios are available on the first floor of the VUCA music wing, and students enrolled in studio lessons in organ receive lock combinations to these practice rooms by special arrangement with the department office.
Organ students are also able to reserve use of organs in Bauer Hall (VUCA 1519). Advanced organ students may also schedule practice time at the Reddel Memorial Organ in the Chapel of the Resurrection.
Grand Piano Practice
Valparaiso University owns several grand pianos, which are maintained in the rehearsal rooms and in Duesenberg Recital Hall, including a 9-foot concert Steinway, Baldwin, and Boesendorfer. These are available to piano students at or above level 203. Scheduling of practice by individual students must take into account other scheduled priorities for teaching and rehearsals in these rooms.
With special permission, advanced piano students can use the grand pianos in private teaching studios on the second floor of the music wing.
Students enrolled in appropriate courses, lessons, and authorized projects can access the music education instrument collection, the harpsichord, and the percussion studio, all available in the VUCA. Students must have prior approval to access these resources.
All students enrolled in the music department may request a locker for their instrument(s). During startup time in August, students apply for a locker in the music wing during special locker checkout hours. Later requests are handled in the administrative wing of the VUCA.
The Center for the Arts is open during the fall and spring semesters on the following schedule:
Monday - Thursday — 7 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Friday — 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday — 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday — 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.
During interim periods, summers, and vacations, the center is normally open Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The Music Student Handbook, 2018-19 contains full policies and procedures for facilities use by students.