Performance Spaces, Visiting Artists and Scholars


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Outstanding Performance Facilities


Cook Recital Hall

Historic Cook Recital Hall is the heart of performance life in the College of Music. The intimate 182-seat venue has been completely renovated to meet contemporary performance standards, and is used for student rehearsals, recitals, faculty concerts, and master classes.

Fairchild Theatre

Fairchild Theatre has transformed from a 75-year-old proscenium-stage facility into a modern performance venue with state-of-the-art acoustics, thanks to a recent $20 million renovation. The 462-seat historic hall hosts College of Music courses, rehearsals, master classes, and performances.

Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall, which seats 2,420, is used for most College of Music large ensemble performances. Wharton’s Pasant Theatre with its thrust stage and intimate ambiance seats 596 and hosts a variety of performances each year.

Visiting Artists and Scholars

Enhancing the Music student experience at MSU are a plethora of visiting artists and scholars who interact with students through master classes, clinics and in-service opportunities. Often in small settings, seasoned performers, educators and scholars draw on their life’s work for the benefit of students. Great community support has led to residency programs that bring top artists in their fields, and the connections of our esteemed faculty create opportunities throughout each year to leverage our partnerships and collaborations with successful musicians from around the world.