Visual and Performing Arts

Music Spaces

Sound equipment inside the Hagan Practice Room.
Chairs and music stands against a corner inside the Hagan Practice Room
Chairs and music stands against a corner inside the Hagan Practice Room
Wooden equipment cabinet and a computer inside the Hagan Practice Room
Another view of the Hagan Practice room with computer and desk with music stands and equipment.

Hagan Practice Room

Rozsa 208-209

Contact: Tanya Maki

This is a large ensemble practice room with an audio workstation designed around music composition. A MIDI controller with hammers and personalized sensitivity is the centerpiece with additional control via an advanced drum pad and additional keyboard with significant parameter control. The video and audio monitors along with all control are on a sit/stand desk on extra-strong casters, allowing the workstation to be used with live ensembles on stage or in the Band Room.


Student playing a flute.
Inside one of the practice rooms that has a piano.
Inside one of the practice rooms that has a music stand and chair.

Practice Rooms A - C

Rozsa 210, 211, and 212

Contact: George Hommowun

When practice rooms are not in use for private music instruction they are available on a first-come, first-served basis to students. One practice room has an upright piano, one has a digital keyboard, and one does not have a keyboard instrument.


Conductor leading a seated choir in the Choral Rehearsal Room
Side view of a seated choir in the Choral Rehearsal Room
African American visiting harp student group surrounds someone seated at a piano while one writes on a lined dry erase board music notes.
Seated choral performers in performance dress attire reviewing music before a performance in the Choral Rehearsal Room.
The conductor standing, preparing, before a performance in dress attire in the the Choral Rehearsal Room.

Choral Rehearsal Room

Rozsa 120

Contact: George Hommowun

The Choral Rehearsal Room houses all vocal rehearsals ranging from the Michigan Tech Concert Choir to conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers. The space is also used for theatre rehearsals over the course of the school year. General department classes are also held in this space. It can be reserved for evening private or group rehearsals.

Students sitting playing instruments in the Instrumental Rehearsal room
Student sitting behind a drum set in the Instrumental Rehearsal Room
Four people standing playing trumpets in the Instrumental Rehearsal Room
Four people standing playing trumpets in the Instrumental Rehearsal Room
Students sitting with their instruments behind music stands with music in the Instrumental Rehearsal Room
Students seated with instruments behind music stands with music looking to the instructor in the center of the room for guidance.
Student playing piano while other students play guitars in the Instrumental Rehearsal Room.

Instrumental Rehearsal Room

Rozsa 208

Contact: George Hommowun

Superior acoustics with ample space to rehearse for band and orchestra ensembles.

Two students sitting inside the CAML Design Lab in front of computers
Student sitting inside the CAML Design Lab in front of computers

CAML Design Lab

Rozsa 213

Contact: Christopher Plummer

Computing lab with 2D and 3D CAD (VectorWorks, AutoCAD, and more), acoustical modeling software (EASE, RPG, and more), video production (After Effects, Adobe Premier), audio production (Logic, ProTools, Melodyne, AudioEase, and more), notation (Finale and Sibelius), and much more. There are multiple production and individual workstations as well as a 5.1 Surround Sound workstation available.


James and Margaret Black Performance Hall

Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

Contact: Mary Jennings

The Rozsa's Black Auditorium performance hall is a proscenium space with variable acoustics and sophisticated lighting, sound, and projection technology. Students in VPA programs work on a variety of in-house productions as well as touring professional shows.


Inside the McArdle Theatre with a dressed set.
Students adjusting sound on a sound board.
Students acting on the stage of the McArdle Theatre
Students sitting in the audience seats of the McArdle Theatre discussing.
Dressed set inside the McArdle Theatre.
Students acting in front of an audience inside the McArdle Theatre.
A view of the lighting system in the McArdle theatre, behind a wooden set piece.
Actors dressed as knights during a performance, one knight slaying another with a sword.
Empty stage set up for a music performance inside the McArdle Theatre.
A band performing in front of an audience on the stage of the McArdle Theatre.
An actor stands alone in a knight's costume with a single light shining on the stage.
An actor performing inside a pool on a float with a hat and sunglasses on the stage of the McArdle Theatre.

McArdle Theatre

Rozsa 207

Contact: George Hommowun

The McArdle Theatre is a large black box theatre that we use for many purposes including theatre shows, music festivals, gated anechoic testing for loudspeaker design, and art installations. With ETC lighting control, a wide variety of available lighting instruments, a collection of sound consoles/microphones/loudspeakers, and an installed BSS DSP system, McArdle has considerable technology to help us realize the craziest ideas.

All sound majors are required to do a major production in this space their third year. The surround systems used have varied from twenty-two to thirty-seven loudspeakers and three to seven computers. This technical complexity allows the students to create a sound world that is a seamless part of the production, with the audience unaware of the technical sophistication. Through this project, students are prepared for working on large professional productions and installations from major musicals to theme park experiences.