Office of Development
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075-1485
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IN TWO PHASES, Mount Holyokes music building comprises
Pratt Hall, built in 1909, and the Hammond Wing, added
in 1967. The construction and renovation have united the
buildings disparate parts into a state-of-the-art
facility to match the music program it houses.
A two-story addition on the north end of the building has
been constructed, joining Pratt and Hammond and housing
a forty-seat, fully mediated classroom, three studio offices,
and a skylit connecting corridor. Pratt and Hammond also
have been completely renovated. As a result, the entire
building has become more visible and easily navigable for
people entering and moving through. In short, Pratt has
Throughout the building, all instructional and performance
spaces have been soundproofed. The music and dance libraries
have been consolidated in the new library, including portions
currently held at Williston Library. The library and all
its related components, including stacks, redings, multi-media
stations, and keyboard lab, have been moved from eight
different and widely dispersed locations to one central,
easily accessible space. The choral library remains separate.
A lounge area for student interaction has been created
on the lower level, with an open ceiling to the second
The entire facility has been air-conditioned, allowing
for increased usage in the warmer months and protecting
instruments and library materials. Entrances have also
become completely accessible to handicapped persons.
Indeed, Pratt Hall represents a celebration of music at
COLLEGE REGARDS the study of music as an artistic discipline
that plays an essential role in liberal arts education.
Through courses in music history, theory, performance,
and composition the development of the individual is encouraged
by allowing each student to explore her creative, intellectual,
and critical abilities. The Five College Early Music Program
is also located at Mount Holyoke and provides educational
and musical experiences for those interested in music of
the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Baroque era.
Nine faculty members plus seven performance instructors,
lecturers, and the Five College Early Music Director are
available to students in their musical pursuits. Typically,
there are fifteen to twenty students majoring in music,
while more than forty declare it as a minor. All music
department offerings, including individual instruction
and ensembles, are taken for academic credit.
The music program at MHC is committed to an integrated
curriculum, stressing the interrelationship between theory,
historical context, performance, and composition. At every
level of student involvement, in every type of learning
environment, the value of exploring all areas of musical
study is emphasized.
The department produces forty-five to fifty events annually,
including faculty recitals, glee club and other choral
group concerts, Christmas Vespers, orchestral performances,
and solo recitals, representing the largest offerings of
public events found anywhere on campus. In any given year,
twenty percent of the student body participates in some
aspect of the music program.
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