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Studios, Facilities and Library

Brooks Concert Hall

Student a piano in a concert hall

Brooks Concert Hall is the main venue at Holy Cross for concerts and recitals performed by the Holy Cross Chamber Players, faculty, students, and several student performance organizations. With seating for 184, it has superb acoustics and rivals performance halls of much larger institutions. Adorned by large stained-glass windows, the Concert Hall features two concert grand pianos: a Steinway Concert D and a Steinway Concert B (gifts from John McCormack ’57), a 1979 two-manual William Dowd harpsichord, as well as a Balinese Gamelan.

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

choir on the altar of the chapel

Choral and organ concerts are performed in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel, where the Taylor and Boody Organ, designed in the tradition of 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and north German organs, can be heard regularly at the 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass.

Fenwick Music Library 

The Fenwick Music Library holds more than 25,000 sound recordings, 10,000 books, 11,000 music scores, and 1,000 videos. The library also has six music workstations with commercial audio streaming services for unlimited, on-demand access to every genre of music. Specific course materials (books, scores, recordings and videos) are available on reserve at the circulation desk.

The library’s hours are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 am – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1 – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 – 11 pm

Brooks Recording Studio

Faculty interacting with students in Brooks Recording Studio

The Brooks Recording Studio is equipped with a sound isolation booth, professional software and hardware, both analog and digital, and a wide selection of microphones designed for audio recording, engineering, and mastering. 

Brooks Computer Music Lab

The Brooks Computer Music Lab contains 12 digital audio workstations (DAWs) furnished with an array of professional and cutting-edge software (Pro Tools, Logic, Max/MSP, Audacity, Arduino, Csound, Photoshop Elements) for audio and video editing, arranging, mixing, and mastering. 

Practice Rooms

There are eight practice rooms equipped with grand and upright Yamaha and Steinway pianos, which all students may use. Students may borrow instruments that the department houses.