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Also known as FAC, the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center houses the Departments of Art, Communication, Folk Studies and Anthropology, Modern Languages, and Music, as well as the Potter College of Arts & Letters Dean's Office. The Department of Music occupies the entire third floor and includes classrooms, faculty studios, 30 practice rooms, a computer lab, piano lab, percussion suite, and 200-seat Recital Hall.  



Built in 2012, the Music Rehearsal Hall includes two large acoustical state-of-the-art rehearsal halls, offices for ensemble directors and graduate students, as well as three ensemble libraries. The building has quickly become a home for not only music majors but for students across campus who participate in the 20-plus performance ensembles at WKU, including athletic and concert bands, university choirs, jazz ensembles, and orchestra.          







Inside VMH


Van Meter was the first building constructed on WKU's campus. Constructed in 1911, it was named for Captain Charles J. Van Meter, a local riverboat captain and developer. Van Meter housed Dr. Henry Hardin Cherry's Office, the first President of WKU. It housed office space and Chapel was held each day in the auditorium.

When completed in 1911, it was one of the largest buildings between Nashville and Louisville. Resembling the Acropolis' Erectheion Temple, it was lavished with ornate fluted pilasters, a stained glass skylight and French marble. All are still present today!

 Recent renovations began in Summer of 2008 and were completed in January 2010. The update of the building includes upgrades to the lighting, acoustics, restoration to the chandeliers and crown molding, the addition of an electronic orchestra pit, an audio/visual control room, a redesigned balcony, new elevators and restrooms, handsome dressing rooms as well as a greenroom. The auditorium seats 1046.



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Western Kentucky University is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1948.


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 Last Modified 12/16/22