Music Facilities

Welcome to our Music Department facilities.  We utilize a variety of buildings for classes, lessons, rehearsals, performances, and research. As a music major, minor, or ensemble participant, you will become very familiar with these sites.

The Clairmont Center, built in 1992, is the primary building for the Music Department.  Located in the center of campus and connected to the Miller Center and Arno Gustin Hall, the Clairmont Center houses rehearsal and performance halls, faculty offices and studios, and classrooms, as R.M. Heskett Hall and Benet Chapel, dedicated to the memory of former U-Mary chaplain, Fr. Blaine Cook.

Located in the Clairmont Center, the rehearsal room, the recital hall, three music classrooms, five Wenger practice modules, three percussion rooms, and two piano studios with concert grands are open daily for student practice and music classes such as theory, aural skills, music appreciation, history, methods courses, conducting, and sacred music.

This is an image of a group of University of Mary students playing their instruments in a classroom.

The music technology lab in the Clairmont Center is open daily. Students may practice keyboard skills, compose music using Finale, edit audio tracks, explore music education software, and improve music theory and auditory skills with specialty software. Students also have access to recording studio equipment and software.

Image of a drummer playing the xylophone keyboard.

Located in the Harold J. Miller Center, Arno Gustin Hall is a 350-seat lecture, rehearsal and performance space. Arno Gustin is used for a variety of events including concerts, plays, musicals, guest artist performances, and the U-Mary Jazz Festival.  Fr. Arno Gustin, OSB, was the second president of the University of Mary.

An image of two men dressed in royalty costumes for one of the University of Mary plays.

R.M. Heskett Hall is located in the Clairmont Center for Performing Arts. Heskett seats 150 people, and is primarily used by the Music Department for student and faculty recitals, department meetings, perform labs, as well as clinics and guest artist performances.

Located in the Clairmont Center for Performing Arts, Mandan Rehearsal Hall is the primary ensemble rehearsal space for everything from Jazz Ensemble to Concert Choir. The hall is named in honor of the generous donors from Mandan, North Dakota.

Image of a row of students playing their trumpets in the Mandan Rehearsal Hall.

Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel, located in the Benedictine Center for Servant Leadership, boasts resonant acoustics and beautiful stained glass panels. With seating for over 400 people, Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel, originally the daily chapel for the Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, was designed by world-renowned architect Marcel Breuer. The chapel is used for large ensemble performances such as Christmas at Mary and band concerts. The original Reuter organ was renovated and expanded in 2017.

Image of a female University of Mary student playing the harp in the Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel.

Many music texts, periodicals, and recordings are housed in Welder Library, built in 1998 and named in honor of Sister Thomas Welder, OSB, fifth president of the University of Mary.

The Bismarck Event Center is home to the university's commencement ceremonies.  The facility also hosts the annual ND Music Educators Association conference and the All State Music Festival.

The Belle Mehus Auditorium is home to Mary's Jazz Festival, Honor Band concert, and Broadway musicals. The 800-seat auditorium in the heart of Bismarck’s downtown opened its doors in 1914 with the opera “Robin Hood.”  After undergoing a major renovation in the 1990’s, the auditorium, renamed after one of Bismarck’s most prominent piano teachers, is home to many community concerts and events.

An image of the center stage during the University of Mary jazz festival at the Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck, ND.