Music Department Facilities

The hub of musical activity at St. Olaf is the Christiansen Hall of Music, which marks its 40th anniversary November 2016. Named after the father and son who brought the St. Olaf music program to national prominence, Christiansen Hall of Music houses Urness Recital Hall, the Margaret Skoglund Reception Room, Halvorson Music Library, music department offices, the Fosnes, Langemo, and Johnson rehearsal rooms, classrooms, practice rooms, most faculty studios/offices, the electronic music studio, and the piano technician’s workshop.

The Hall of Music is part of the Granskou complex, which also includes Alumni Hall and the Center for Art and Dance, and is located between Boe Memorial Chapel and Christiansen Hall of Music. Opened in January 2012, the newly renovated Hall of Music houses the administrative offices, ten faculty studios/offices, thirty plus practice rooms, four chamber music practice rooms, two concerto practice rooms, a percussion suite and reed-making room, a seminar room, and a faculty work room.

Skifter Hall, adjacent to Christiansen Hall of Music, is home to seven practice organs. It also holds the Tormodsgaard-Bakken Recital Hall (Studio A), which contains a Dobson three-manual tracker organ. Boe Memorial Chapel is a frequent site of concerts and contains a Schlicker organ, renovated in 1990 by Holtkamp. The Chapel itself underwent a major renovation to allow the building to fulfill its potential, functionally, visually, and acoustically. Additional acoustic enhancements were added in 2015.

The annual Christmas Festival and many other concerts take place in Skoglund Auditorium. Jazz I, II, and III concerts take place in The Pause in Buntrock Commons, and opera and musical theater productions are staged in Urness Recital Hall or the Speech-Theater Building, with both a traditional proscenium stage and a flexible studio theater.