Performing Arts Center
The Performing Arts Center, shared by the Departments of Music and Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts, is located just north of Ben Franklin High School on St. Anthony Street. Facilities include the Recital Hall, practice and performance spaces for large and small ensembles, a large choir room, some 30 dedicated practice rooms, drum practice rooms, and a dedicated graduate grand piano practice room. Secured rooms for bass and drum storage are available, as are a variety of storage lockers. The building also houses numerous classrooms, most equipped with audio-visual equipment, Studio 103 recording facility, sound and film editing suites, and faculty offices and studios.
The 340-seat Recital Hall is located on the first floor of the Performing Arts Center, and has been hailed by the New Orleans Times-Picayune as one of the best venues in the city for vocal, chamber, and string ensemble performances. It is used for a variety of concerts, recitals, lectures, and the student Recital Hour.
Studios and Labs
·Recording Studio: Studio 103, the UNO recording studio, continues to garner accolades as a professional recording and production facility. It features updated state-of-the-art equipment, including Digidesign Protools and Apple Logic Pro, and includes isolation rooms, a Steinway grand piano, and a wide selection of the latest equipment, microphones, and software.
·Digital Learning Labs: An 8-bench MIDI/digital recording lab and a 16-bench keyboard lab are equipped with iMacs, ProTools, MIDI keyboards, and the most recent versions of composition and music theory software including Sibelius, Finale, Garage Band, and others.
Music Education Resource Center
In 2004 the Department of Music opened a $80,000 Media Resource Center to house its library of orchestra, band and chamber music, along with an extensive collection of pedagogy resources. These resources include teaching materials for all grades and a wide selection of musical instruments.
The Sandbar at the Cove
The new Sandbar at the Cove Student Center is the home to the landmark Jazz at the Sandbar performance series and serves as a stage for student, faculty, and guest performers in a more casual setting.