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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.

The University of Mount Union is currently working on a significant renovation and addition to the existing performing arts facility. The new Performing Arts Center will include a new lobby, performance hall, black box theatre, green room, scene shop, costume shop, dressing area, art gallery and choir room as well as a renovated band room. The total estimated cost for the Center is $13 million, and is projected to be completed in December 2014. Read more.

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, Musicianship Skills, Music Theory, Orchestration and Music Notation Lab sequences.