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The auditorium in Barnes Hall is the Music Department’s primary performance space. It seats about 280 and is ideal for recitals, chamber music, and small ensembles. The green room is used as a practice space for performers on fortepianos or harpsichord and there is an eighteenth-century style German chamber organ on stage, as well as two concert grand pianos.
The newly renovated Bailey Hall is a shared facility, used for courses, lectures, and concerts. It has 1300 seats and good back-stage facilities. The Music Department’s large ensembles perform in Bailey and sometimes also rehearse there.
- Click here for more information about the facility and the programs it hosts.
- Download PDFs of the seating charts for the orchestra and the balcony.
The Music Department’s choral ensembles often perform in Sage Chapel, the non-sectarian chapel in the center of the campus, which was built in 1875. It seats about 900 people and houses two organs: a 3-manual Aeolian Skinner organ (1941) and a small Italian chamber organ (1746).
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Anabel Taylor Hall
Anabel Taylor Hall, home to the many communities affiliated with Cornell United Religious Work (CURW), has a small chapel that the Music Department uses for organ recitals and other concerts. The chapel houses a magnificent Bach-style tracker organ.
Click here to read more on the organ project.
Neylan Rehearsal Hall (Lincoln B20)
This large, newly-constructed (2001) room is used not only for lectures and rehearsals but also for concerts, mostly notably for Midday Music at Lincoln Hall, on Thursdays at 12:30 PM. It seats up to 100 people.
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art hosts annual concerts by the Chamber Orchestra as well as many composer installations. The Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium in the new Klarman Hall hosts guests, faculty, and student performers. Off-campus, the Carriage House Cafe Loft is often the setting for jazz performances, studio recitals, and faculty presentations.
Parking and Accessibility
For events at Barnes Hall and Sage Chapel, try the parking area along Sage Avenue (not the Sage South lot, which is restricted until 8:00 p.m. seven days a week), then the parking lots behind Willard Straight and Anabel Taylor Halls. If these areas are full, drive to the parking garage, accessed from Campus Rd. (between Garden Avenue and the football stadium) or from Hoy Road - with a 5 minute walk back to the concert venue. For concerts at Bailey Hall, use the parking garage under the Human Ecology Building located along Forest Home Drive, near Beebe Lake (GPS: 37 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY 14853). See the campus map and check for construction detours at www.cornell.edu/maps.
Access for persons with disabilities
For Barnes Hall, numerous handicapped parking spaces are located along Sage Avenue (enter on the same side of the building) and in the Sage South lot (without a Cornell permit, you can park in a handicapped space within this lot after 5:00 p.m. and all day/evening on weekends; be sure to hang your handicapped tag from the mirror). A small elevator is available, but please send an able-bodied person up the stairs to ask the usher or stage manager for assistance in operating it and/or call the recording studio at 607-255-9682.
At Bailey Hall, patrons with limited mobility may gain access through the entrance at the southwest corner of the building (to the left of the main entrance). Just inside the door is an elevator for transport to and from the lobby.