Facilities

Music and Communication Building

Music and Communication Building

Intended to replace the Music Administration Building, the new structure is situated on the lakefront, adjacent to Regenstein Hall. It houses a 400-seat recital hall, a 150-seat black box theater, a 120-seat choral and recital room, an impressive atrium, teaching studios, faculty and administrative offices, 10 classrooms, and 96 practice rooms.

Hours of Operation

Note: These hours are during academic year; summer and holidays may differ. Access outside these hours is by WildCARD only

Administrative Offices
Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Practice Rooms (2nd and 3rd floor) 
7 a.m. - 12 midnight

Building Access Hours
Mon-Sun 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Pick-Staiger is a 989-seat hall located in the Arts Circle on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. The main lobby entrance for concerts is on the west side of the building (revolving and regular doors). Wheelchair accessible seats (16) are located on the ends of rows G and H. 

Since its inception in 1975, the hall has functioned as both a classroom and performance facility for Bienen School of Music performing ensembles, faculty recitals, festivals, and professional guest artists. A typical season of programming includes orchestral, wind ensemble, choral, opera, chamber, jazz, folk, world, contemporary, brass, and percussion concerts as well as solo recitals, lectures, master classes, and other related events.

  • Stage canopy: The 30 adjustable "sound cloud" reflectors control the strength and projection of sound throughout the hall and help performers hear one another on stage.
  • Wall panels: The 12 independently movable wall sections behind the stage can form a wide variety of shells that reinforce the sound of soloists or sections and eliminate distortion in large ensembles.
  • Sound curtains: The curtains over the upper-level walls can close to absorb excess sound or open to reveal a more acoustically live stucco surface that sustains and reinforces reflected sound.

Each of these elements can be arranged according to the type and size of the forces performing. Together with the hall's stunning interior and exterior design, this acoustic flexibility makes Pick-Staiger the unique musical instrument that its designers and benefactors dreamed it would be.

Hours of Operation 

Business Office
Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ticket Office
Mon - Fri, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (summer hours)
PLEASE NOTE: Beginning June 10 until Ticket Office renovations are complete, there will be no in-person ticket sales. More information


Music Library

Music Library

The Northwestern University Music Library is among the nation's largest music libraries and is distinguished internationally for its extensive holdings of printed music and archival materials documenting music composed since 1945. The library offers roughly 300,000 volumes of books, printed music, sound recordings, and journals; maintains subscriptions to over 400 periodicals and a full array of online resources; includes thousands of music manuscripts and pieces of correspondence; and houses the archives of John Cage and other notable musicians. Additionally, the Music Library's computer lab (pictured) provides a multi-purpose workplace for beginning- to mid-level music-technology projects. The library serves the Bienen School of Music, the entire Northwestern University community, and researchers from around the world.


Regenstein Hall

Regenstein Hall of Music

Regenstein Hall of Music is home to the Department of Music Performance and University Bands faculty. The building boasts a 200-seat Master Class Room that hosts hundreds of performances and other events each year, as well as 38 practice rooms.

Hours of Operation

University Bands Office (Ground Floor)
Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Practice Rooms (1st Floor)
7 a.m. - Midnight  
Additional Practice Room Information