- Sean Eppler ’14
- Hometown: Mentor, Ohio
- Major: Music Education
The community feeling of all the students, professors, staff and administrators definitely make Mount Union unique. I love the feeling of being able to talk to anyone on campus and have them recognize me. It’s very personal and makes me feel right at home.
Cope Music Hall & Presser Recital Hall: Music Facilities & Equipment
Cope Music Hall (1964)
This facility is named in memory of the late Kenneth B. Cope, alumnus, trustee and churchman. Principal donors to the building are his widow, Lela Stoffer Cope, and family. Cope Music Hall connects with the Rodman Playhouse and Crandall Gallery to complete the Fine Arts complex on the northeast edge of the campus. Stauffer Courtyard Theatre, the outdoor Greek theater in the courtyard of the Fine Arts quadrangle, was named for the late Robert E. Stauffer, librarian emeritus and Mrs. Robert E. Stauffer. The building contains the offices and teaching studios of faculty members in the Department of Music. A complete keyboard laboratory of 13 Roland electronic pianos is located in the music theory area, adjacent to a computer laboratory.
A large rehearsal room, a small recital hall, 30 practice rooms of various sizes and three classrooms are on the east side of the building. Presser Recital Hall is dedicated to Theodore Presser, a former Mount Union student and professor. The three-manual organ in the recital hall is the gift of the Kulas Foundation.
The Sturgeon Music Library, given in memory of Bertha Fogg Sturgeon and her parents by Samuel Sturgeon, is located in Cope Music Hall next to the Music Office. The collection of reference books, scores and recordings was begun by a generous donation by Mrs. Ella Wilcox Presley and the Carnegie Foundation. Presently, there are over 9000 recordings in CD and LP formats, over 7000 music scores, a music reference collection, and approximately 40 current issues of music periodicals in the library. 4000 books and bound periodicals and microfilm about music are housed at the Main library. The Sturgeon Music Library includes four computer stations with CD and DVD playing capability as well as access to the Campus Network and library system. There is an AV room with stereo equipment, a television, DVD and VCR players, and a study area
The Phillip McConnell Music Technology Center was established in 2000 though internal sources and funding from the Hoover-Price and Presser Foundations, with continued support through an endowment named for former Mount Union student Phillip McConnell. Each station in the five-seat lab includes a Machintosh computer with ProTools recording software and Digidesign hardware, Finale and Sibelius notation software, a MIDI synthesizer and numerous digital audio editing titles. The center supports student learning in the Digital Sound, Basic Musicianship, Music Theory, Orchestration and Music Notation Lab sequences.