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Music, Theatre, and Dance: Facilities

The Sette LaVerghetta Performing Arts Center (PAC) is a three-story structure located on the western edge of campus. It houses two separate collegiate departments — the Music, Theatre, & Dance (MTD) department and the Communication Arts department, respectively — within the Insalaco College of Creative Arts and Performing Arts. The MTD department is comprised of faculty offices and studios, classrooms and practice rooms, music therapy lab and clinical observation room, small recital room, dance studio, Black Box Theatre, and main stage theatre.


The Performing Arts Theatre is the main stage theatre and recital hall for all University-related events. This large 1100-seat performance space contains a proscenium stage, orchestra pit, dressing rooms, box offices, control room, back stage area and the ability to fly scenery. Other features include sound and lighting boards, a 9-foot Steinway grand piano and 7-foot Steinway grand piano (on stage), a Mason & Hamlin grand piano (orchestra pit), and large Allen electronic organ.


PAC Room 104 (first floor) is used as a student recital hall, large-ensemble rehearsal space, and meeting room. It houses two grand pianos and has a raised stage for performances. Two classrooms, the music therapy lab and observation room, and music therapy faculty offices are also located on first floor. Second floor houses teaching studios, ten practice rooms containing both upright Yamaha and Grand pianos, a small harp studio with three harps, guitar studio, and faculty offices.


Music Therapy Research Lab (Room 106, first floor) contains biofeedback equipment interfaced on PC (Electromyography/EMG -2 channels), Temperature, Skin Conduction (2 channels). Also included are stand-alone biofeedback instruments: Resp@Rate; OMRON and a Marshall-Auto-Oscillometric Electronic Digital Blood Pressure and Pulse Monitor with Print-Out. The Music Therapy Clinic (Room 106, first floor) is a fully-supervised clinical setting complete with one-way mirror for observations. University music therapy students, under supervision of the clinic coordinator, offer weekly services to community individuals with special needs.


Computer Lab (first floor) is an open lab classroom with sixteen MAC computers for student use. In addition to Microsoft Office and Internet capability, software applications include set/lighting design and scriptwriting.


The Electronic Music Lab (second floor) has eight computers with Internet access and Sibelius music-writing software; eight portable MIDI keyboards; two full-size electronic keyboards; and mixers. The Piano Lab (second floor) contains twelve Yamaha Clavinova electronic pianos in addition to a master piano, each featuring a full-sized touch-sensitive keyboard. Piano Lab also houses a MAC computer. Music scores library/storage space for choral and orchestral music is also located on second floor. Six large classrooms, and a student lounge are located on terrace floor/lower level.


Black Box Theatre (terrace floor/lower level) is a laboratory theatre designed with flex staging to accommodate student-directed productions and to support experimental theatre.


Across campus, The Swartz Center, adjacent to Loughran Hall houses the University chapel and is a dual-use space. The chapel offers the music department an intimate 180-seat performing space. Completely renovated in 2007, the Marian Chapel (formerly the IHM Marian Convent), boasts a new Peragallo pipe organ and new 7-foot Steinway grand piano.


The Latour Room (formerly the Crystal Room), located in Nazareth Hall Student Center, is a large, banquet room occasionally used for music and musical theatre events.


The Rotunda, a large, multi-story dome clad in marble at the center of the Liberal Arts Center, is a main focal point of the campus. It is an especially effective performing space for small, unaccompanied vocal ensembles.


Department of Music, Theatre & Dance | Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts
dept.mtd@maryu.marywood.edu | (570) 348-6268