Performance Halls

Musical Arts Center (MAC)

View of the Musical Arts center taken during an evening performance.

The Musical Arts Center (MAC) seats 1,460 patrons 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 IU Jacobs School of Music Opera and Ballet Theater.

The MAC is located at 101 N. Jordan Avenue.

Auer Hall

Image from inside Auer Hall, the stage sits above the center audience and is surrounded by balcony seating. The Seward organ is visible starting on the second floor.

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.

It is home to the Maidee H. and Jackson A. Seward Organ, also known as C. B. Fisk, Op. 135. The instrument, boasting nearly 4,000 pipes, was realized through a gift from the Sewards.

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

Ford-Crawford Hall

Ford-Crawford Hall interior.

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

Interior of Recital Hall.

Within Merrill Hall is the school's most historic performance space, Recital Hall, which hosted its first performance on January 15, 1937. World-renowned musicians have performed in this 500-seat hall for more than 70 years.

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

Ray E. Cramer Marching Hundred Hall

Exterior of Marching Hundred Hall.

Named for the former director of the Marching Hundred, this building gives the marching band a permanent rehearsal space where the whole band can practice together, as well as two smaller rehearsal rooms.

It is located at 800 E. 17th Street, across from Assembly Hall.

Conrad Prebys Amphitheater

A dream of IU's legendary eleventh 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.

 

Arthur R. Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon

Located next to the IU Arboretum, the Grand Carillon includes the original bells from the IU Metz Carillon, dedicated in 1970.

Before being relocated, the bells were renovated and upgraded with four new bells, bringing the total to 65 bells and making it a grand carillon, one of fewer than 30 in the world and one of only a handful nationwide.

Artist rendering of the new Metz Carillon.

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