World-class stages, stellar studios, and room to rehearse

Located in the heart of the IU Bloomington campus, the Jacobs School of Music facilities include outstanding recital halls, more than 170 practice rooms, choral and instrumental rehearsal rooms, as well as more than 100 offices and studios. The Musical Arts Center—our premier performance venue—is known globally for its excellence, as is the Cook Music Library, one of the largest academic music libaries in the world.

Performance halls

Musical Arts Center (MAC)

The Musical Arts Center (MAC) seats 1,460 and features advanced acoustical design and technical capabilities, making it one of the grandest performance venues in the United States.

Regularly compared to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the main stage is 90 feet wide by 60 feet deep. The backstage area occupies more than half the building and provides a state-of-the art theater space for technical work. The MAC is also home to recording and production facilities, and the Opera and Ballet Theater.

The MAC is located at 101 North Jordan Avenue.

Auer Hall

Made possible by a $1 million dollar gift from Ione B. Auer, the 400-seat auditorium has a high-beamed, coffered ceiling, with two side terraces.

Auer Hall is located on the second floor of the Simon Music Center, 200 S. Jordan Avenue.

Ford-Crawford Hall

Ford-Crawford Hall, an intimate 100-seat auditorium designed for solo recitals and chamber music performances, was made possible by Richard E. Ford.

Ford-Crawford Hall is located on the second floor of the Simon Music Center, 200 S. Jordan Ave.

Recital Hall

Within Merrill Hall is the school's most historic performance space, Recital Hall.  It's first performance was held on January 15, 1937. World-renowned musicians have performed in this beautiful, 500-seat hall for more than 65 years.

Recital Hall is located on the ground floor of Merrill Hall, 1201 E. Third Street.

A long-awaited outdoor amphitheater

Conrad Prebys Amphitheater

A dream of IU's legendary 11th president Herman B Wells, this outdoor performance venue was dedicated in 2017. Constructed of locally sourced limestone, the amphitheater seats up to 275 guests for performances by Jacobs School of Music students and faculty, as well as the Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance, and visiting artists.

The Conrad Prebys Amphitheater is located between Bryan House and Ballantine Hall.