Music Facilities

Sebring-Lewis Hall

Facility description


Sebring-Lewis Hall, opened in 1999, seats 338 people in a 4,050 square-foot space. It is the home of most music department performances and numerous guest artist events. One of the first ensembles to perform in the hall, the American String Quartet, described it as "one of the two or three best halls in the country for chamber music." The rich colors and cherry wood details in the hall make it as beautiful aesthetically as it is acoustically. Electrically adjustable curtains in the upper back of the hall allow for a tunable acoustic. A well-equipped control room and numerous computer data and sound connection points within the hall itself allow Sebring-Lewis to accommodate experimental computer music as well as chamber and ensemble performances.

Music Department policies governing outside requests (Non-Music Department or Public Events Committee) for public events:

1. Requests to reserve Sebring-Lewis Hall for public events must be made by the event supervisor more than one week prior to the date of the event.

2. All arrangements for events in Sebring-Lewis are to be made by faculty or staff supervisors who must be present for the event and will be the contact for any problems in the use of the space. This is in accord with the policy that Music Department facilities may be used only for faculty- and staff-supervised activities. Paul Nelson ( is the contact for logistical arrangements and Ivy Schuster ( for scheduling and other arrangements.

3. To avoid sound interference, events in Sebring-Lewis should not be scheduled against rehearsal times in FA103 unless the volume can be kept to a moderate level or lower. Users of Sebring-Lewis who schedule events simultaneous with rehearsals in FA103 should know that there may be sound interference between the two rooms. Unfortunately, the sound-proofing is inadequate to prevent this.

4. All uses of Sebring-Lewis should be compatible with the polished cherry wood stage floor. No uses involving high impact dance, tap shoes, sharp-edged stage sets, hammering and nailing, etc. are permitted.

5. Non-music-department users will directly contact, hire, and pay our approved student staff for managing and recording (if desired) any event in Sebring-Lewis. Contact Paul Nelson for a list of student workers.

6. Provided they are not in use for music lesson instruction, two green rooms are available for use by those who reserve Sebring-Lewis Hall. Large groups needing more space for warm-ups, instrument case storage, etc., may inquire about the availability of one of the music rehearsal rooms. In the case such a room is used, the group will be responsible for contacting, hiring, and paying a Music Department student staff member to monitor the room while it is occupied.

7. Spaces will be left as clean and well cared for as they were before the event.

8. There will be no last minute requests. All equipment and logistical needs must be communicated to Paul Nelson as early as possible and no later than one week before the event.

9. Any publicity, programs, or tickets for outside uses of Sebring-Lewis will be the responsibility of the user rather than the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts office staff.

Policy of Fri, 10 Mar 2000 15:40:11
Updated 28 Jun 2002
Eugene Gaub (
Grinnell College Music Department

Bucksbaum Center for the Arts Practice, Classroom, and Lab Spaces

Total number of music practice rooms: 15
Square feet for practice rooms: varies from 50 to 250
Largest practice room: percussion
Special rooms for percussion, harp, and two-piano practice
Square feet of electronic music studio: 500
Thirteen-station music keyboard and computer lab
Multimedia production laboratory
Floor, ceiling, and wall treatments for sound isolation
Special software and hardware for music notation, ear training, and group keyboard instruction
Audio-, video-, and computer-equipped classrooms and seminar rooms
Climate control system for instrument storage





Depending on their format, music classes meet in either the 48-seat lecture room or the 20-seat seminar room. Both rooms are equipped with pianos, multimedia and computer hookups, music-lined whiteboards, and comfortable seats. The seminar room has an 88-key MIDI keyboard as well. Most music classes beyond the introductory level meet in the seminar room, which is conducive to the discussion format favored at Grinnell. Tables are oriented in a square with instructor and students facing each other. Other instructional spaces include the world music room, containing instruments from around the world, the early music room with instruments from the Renaissance to Classical eras, the computer lab, the electronic music studio, the arts technology lab, and a variety of rehearsal rooms and studios for ensemble and private lesson intruction.

Rehearsal Rooms

The Bucksbaum Center for the Arts boasts 14 practice rooms, eleven of which have pianos. Specialized practice rooms serve the needs of percussion and harp students. Organ students practice in Herrick Chapel, and harpsichord students use the early music room. One can usually find an available practice room at most times of the day.

Rehearsal rooms include the 940 square-foot world music room, the 1,125 square-foot early music room, and the 1,940 square-foot large ensemble rehearsal room.







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