Park Street Music and Art Complex
The majority of the Music Department is housed in the Park Street Music and Art Complex, a three story building listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. Prior to 1997, the building was exclusively a church and home to the Park Street United Methodist Church. A special arrangement with the United Methodist Church and a multimillion dollar renovation of the church sanctuary and the expansive educational wing resulted in the Park Street Music and Art Complex, which the Music Department has shared with the Art Department since 1997. The Music Department occupies most of the church’s second floor and all of its third floor. The architecturally stunning facility has a unique character and elegance, creating an environment that is most conducive to performance, creativity, and study. It contains classrooms, rehearsal rooms for the Philharmonic Society (choir) and Jazz Orchestra, five (5) practice rooms, twelve offices, a percussion lab, multiple storage rooms, a Music Library/Listening Room, a Piano Lab/Music Technology Lab, a Piano Studies Resource Center (containing books, scores, and pedagogical materials), a Fellowship Hall for receptions, and the Park Street Sanctuary. The Park Street Sanctuary serves as the department’s primary venue for concerts and recitals. It contains beautiful stained glass windows that provide an aesthetically pleasing setting for concerts and recitals and that augment the building’s overall conservatory-like character.
The Park Street Sanctuary is equipped with a pipe organ and a brand new Steinway D concert grand piano, chosen from the Steinway factory in New York. Knowledgeable piano technicians have ranked this Steinway as one of the finest in metro Atlanta.
The Piano Lab/Music Technology Lab is a novel, technologically current, multipurpose classroom equipped to serve the needs of many classes, including Music Theory, Music Technology, Sight Singing and Ear Training, Music Composition, Piano Class, Piano Seminar, Piano Repertoire, and Piano Pedagogy courses. It contains a large whiteboard; 11 stations - each containing a digital piano, a computer, keyboard lab headphones, separate interchangeable headphones appropriate for music technology and the requirements of a recording studio; instant internet access and a walled flatscreen monitor supported by mounted audio speakers and teacher controls, enabling the projection of visual images and sound from both computer and the internet; the ability to produce recordings and compositions, with supporting midi capability, microphones, 16-track recording capability, appropriate software and a separate Macintosh computer station that augments these capabilities; a teacher digital piano that replicates, on a smaller scale, many of the functions of the technology lab and which also contains the keyboard lab controller; and an acoustic grand piano that supports Piano Seminar and Piano Repertoire courses.
Park Street classrooms are equipped with modern sound systems, internet connectivity, smart boards, white boards, computers (PCs and MACs), and acoustic pianos.
CAU Stadium Instructional Unit
The band program is located in the CAU Stadium. It contains a rehearsal classroom, office space, and storage space. The location at the CAU Stadium provides the band program with easy access to the football field, which facilitates rehearsals and performances of the CAU Marching Band. The CAU Stadium was prominently featured in Drumline, the popular 20th Century Fox movie that was filmed on the CAU campus.
Davage Auditorium is located in Haven-Warren Hall, which houses many administrative offices and the English Department. For several decades and prior to its move to the Park Street Music and Art Complex, the Music Department was housed in Haven-Warren Hall. Davage Auditorium is a renovated, multipurpose venue that serves as the site for the on-campus performances of the CAU Jazz Orchestra. Davage Auditorium is also the performance venue for productions of the CAU Theatre Department.
Bishop Cornelius Henderson Student Center Multipurpose Room
The Multipurpose Room of the Bishop Cornelius Henderson Student Center serves as the performance venue for the annual concerts of the CAU Concert Band.