Eastman’s downtown campus, located on Gibbs Street, is in the heart of Rochester’s cultural district. In addition to Eastman’s large ensembles, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is based in our Eastman Theatre, and the Rochester International Jazz Festival fills venues in and around our campus each June. Within an easy walk are restaurants, clubs, coffee shops, parks, a public market, churches, a theater showing independent and foreign films, a repertory theater, and several museums and art galleries. Rochester’s cultural richness adds to the city’s high marks for quality of life and offers many opportunities for Eastman student performers. By downloading the Self-Guided Tour pdf below, you will have the opportunity to ‘visit’ the Eastman Campus, read about its wonderful facilities and meaningful places, and get a glimpse of all that the Eastman School of Music can offer you in the summer.
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1. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Completed in 1922, 2,260 seats
Opulent Kodak Hall is the primary concert hall for Eastman’s orchestras, wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, and chorale. It also is the principal hall for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004, the first phase of a major renovation project replaced the stage and improved acoustics for concerts, opera, and other performances. In 2009 over 800 seats were removed to allow wider aisles, the addition of box seats, and the expansion of the lobby.
The impressive chandelier is a focal point of the space. It has 20,000 individual pieces of crystal and weighs approximately 5,000 pounds!
1st Floor—Main Building
2. Hatch Recital Hall
Completed in 2010, 222 seats
Along with its elegant appearance and outstanding acoustics, Hatch Recital Hall features the latest in acoustical and multimedia technology, including Internet2 and web-streaming.
1st Floor– Eastman East Wing
3. Kilbourn Hall
Completed in 1922, 455 seats
One of the finest chamber music halls in the world, it was named in honor of George Eastman’s mother, Maria Kilbourn Eastman. The hall is three stories high, decorated in Venetian Renaissance style, and well-known for its beauty, pure acoustics, and excellent sight lines. In the summer of 2016, renovations were made to the stage to improve accessibility. The seats, carpet, and lighting were also updated to enhance the visitor’s experience.
1st Floor—Main Building
4. Sibley Music Library
The largest academic music library in North America, founded in 1904. Holdings include approximately 383,000 cataloged books and scores, 100,000+ audio and video recordings, 600+ music periodicals, and the Ruth T. Watanabe Special Collections Department, with its collection of rare books and scores, American sheet music, and extensive archival holdings. With the support of two grants, Sibley digitized 20,000+ public domain scores, which are freely available via the University of Rochester’s digital repository.
2nd, 3rd, 4th Floor—Miller Center
5. Schmitt Organ Recital Hall
Completed in 1978, 96 seats
The Kilian and Caroline Schmitt Organ Recital Hall houses a custom-built Van Daalen organ. In 2000, the instrument was fully restored by the Dobson Organ Company.
1st Floor—Main Building
6. Wolk Atrium
Completed in 2010, 73 feet high
Features a sculpture by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.
Eastman East Wing
7. Howard Hanson Hall
Completed in 1978, 65 seats
This hall is named after the famous American composer, conductor, and music educator, who led the Eastman School from 1924 to 1964. This recital hall is in constant use for recitals, master classes, studio classes, and lectures, and features an acoustically isolated warm-up room and self-service stage, lighting, and recording equipment.
4th Floor—Main Building
8. Ciminelli Lounge
This beautiful, wood-paneled lounge features Steinway grand and upright pianos, superior acoustics, an adjacent green room, and self- service recording equipment. It is a popular place for non-degree recitals and for auditions held by summer music programs.
1st Floor—Student Living Center
9. Student Living Center
A four-story quadrangle and 16-story tower surrounding a landscaped inner courtyard. The ground floor contains the Eastman Dining Center, Office of Student Activities, Ciminelli Lounge, and a satellite office of the University Health Service.
100 Gibbs Street
10. Cominsky Promenade
A popular meeting place for the Eastman community and the home of an impressive collection of portraits of former Eastman faculty members, from the earliest years of the school to the present day.
2nd Floor—Main Building
11. The Annex
Includes faculty offices, classrooms, and more than 100 practice rooms. It also has two rehearsal halls and is the home of the Eastman Ensemble Library.
Entry on 2nd, 3rd, 4th Floor—Main Building
The Institute for Music Leadership
Located in Miller Center, this innovative institute provides students with the practical skills and knowledge they will need to become versatile music leaders.
Careers and Professional Development
The Arts Leadership Program
Master of Arts in Music Leadership
The Center for Music Innovation and Engagement
Eastman Community Music School
Located in newly-renovated Messinger Hall, ECMS was founded in 1921 as an integral part of the Eastman School of Music. Approximately 1,000 area residents, ranging in age from 18 months to well over 80 years of age, enroll annually for classes and lessons in the Community Music School.