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Venues and Facilities

The College of Music & Dramatic Arts is proud to host a diversity of talent and events that can’t be fitted under one roof. We have a variety of venues for all types of events, each providing an unique experience for students, visitors and patrons.

The Music & Dramatic Arts Building (MDA)

Directions/Map to the Music & Dramatic Arts Building
Music and Dramatic Arts Building
Dalrymple Drive
Lousiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

In September 2009, the college’s Music & Dramatic Arts Building celebrated its grand reopening, following a 4.5 year, $22 million renovation that included not only restoration of classrooms and practice space, but performance venues such as the Claude L. Shaver Theatre and creation of a new Studio Theatre. The college has undergone some changes and renovations in recent years. These improvements have allowed CMDA to keep pace and even surpass other regional institutions in terms of facilities, programs offered and involvement in the community. “The restorations have given both LSU and Baton Rouge one of the finest performance and training facilities not only in the region, but in the country:” quoted from CMDA Dean Laurence Kaptain.

Shaver Theatre

Directions/Map to the Music & Dramatic Arts Building
Music and Dramatic Arts Building
Dalrymple Drive
Lousiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

The Shaver Theatre is housed in the Music & Dramatic Arts Building, which is located across from the School of Music Building on Dalrymple Drive. This facility plays host to many of the LSU Theatre performances and seats 350 people. LSU Opera also performs here.

The School of Music Building / School of Music Recital Hall (SOM)

Directions/Map to the SOM Recital Hall
102 School of Music Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

The Recital Hall is located in the School of Music Building on the LSU campus at the corner of Dalrymple Drive and Infirmary Road.

Events at the Recital Hall, which seats approximately 250 guests, are sometimes free and open to the public.

New Tiger Band Hall

This 17,740-square-foot complex, located on Aster Street near Highland Road and just beyond the campus’ north gates, is used by for rehearsals by the Tiger Marching Band and the LSU School of Music’s entire band area, including the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band concert groups. The New Tiger Band Hall was officially unveiled in April 2012 and is the fourth official building in the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts.

New Orleans architecture firm Howard Performance Architecture designed the complex, and Baton Rouge building contractor firm Percy J. Matherne Contractor Inc. served as the project’s general contractor.

The New Tiger Band Hall is an energy-efficient building which includes sensors and other smart devices to control the climate and assure lighting is managed economically. It is also equipped with the very latest in audio and video technology. High speed internet connectivity allows for distance learning, teaching and collaborative activities with other schools, as well as for Tiger Band students. The centerpiece of the new Tiger Band Hall is the large indoor rehearsal space which is roughly the size of a standard basketball course. The rehearsal room comes equipped with an advanced acoustical system, a double set of motorized purple velvet curtains that control light from the clerestory windows surrounding the room, and angled, slatted walls that serve acoustical purposes.

Outside the new Tiger Band hall is the practice field where the Tiger Marching Band rehearses for halftime performances. Overlooking the field is a specially designed observation tower which provides the band directors and other staff members with a safe vantage point to survey formations.

The site also features a courtyard lined with engraved bricks. Alumni, family and friends of Tiger Band are able to purchase bricks there for engraving. More information on purchasing bricks can be found at www.lsubandbricks.com.

Union Theater

Directions/Map to the LSU Union Theater
LSU Student Union
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

The Union Theater seats more than 1,200 guests. School of Music performances held in the Union Theater are usually ticketed events.

For more information, contact
LSU Union Box Office 225-578-5128
LSU School of Music 225-578-3261

Reilly Theatre

Directions/Map to the Reilly Theatre
Tower Drive
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Home to Swine Palace Productions, the Reilly Theatre opened in spring 2000 and is LSU’s newest performance facility. With its state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, this theater is truly a one-of-a-kind.

Using a theater-in-the-round design, the Reilly Theater seats 500.

For more information, contact Swine Palace Productions Box Office at 225-578-3527

University United Methodist Church (UUMC)

Directions/Map to UUMC
3350 Dalrymple Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

The University United Methodist Church (UUMC) is one of the five off campus venues that frequently hosts concerts by the LSU School of Music. The facility is located just outside campus at 3350 Dalrymple Drive.

For more information, contact LSU School of Music 225-578-3261 or the UUMC office 225-578-0343

First United Methodist Church (FUMC)

Directions/Map to FUMC
930 North Blvd.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

First United Methodist Church is located in downtown Baton Rouge at the corner of Ninth Street and North Boulevard. Concerts may be ticketed.

For more information, contact LSU School of Music 225-578-3261

First Baptist Church

Directions/Map to First Baptist Church
529 Convention St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Located in downtown Baton Rouge at 529 Convention Street, the First Baptist Church is another off-campus venue the School of Music frequently uses. Concerts held here may be ticketed.

For more information, contact LSU School of Music 225-578-3261 or the First Baptist Church office 225-343-0397

St. Alban’s Chapel

Directions/Maps to St. Alban’s
5261 Highland Rd. PMB 376
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

St. Alban’s Chapel is located at the corner of Dalrymple Drive and Highland Road, on the edge of the LSU campus. It is situated across Highland Road from the Parade Grounds. Parking is available at the School of Music parking lot, or the Law School parking lot behind the church. Concerts held at St. Alban’s Chapel may be ticketed.

For more information, contact LSU School of Music 225-578-3261 or St. Alban’s Chapel 225-343-2070