Two soloist performing in the Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel at the annual Christmas at Mary concert

Perform in Spaces that Inspire and Elevate

Whether you are a performer or an audience member, a music major or a non-major participating in a campus ensemble, you’ll enjoy our performance and rehearsal facilities. These range from a chapel designed by a world-renowned architect to practice rooms where aspiring musicians hone their craft. Stroll through our campus buildings, and chances are you’ll hear music.

Clairmont Center for Performing Arts

The Clairmont Center is the primary building for the Music Department.

Group of smiling students by the Clairmont for Performing Arts signage on the exterior of the building

Located near the heart of campus and connected to the Miller Center, Arno Gustin Hall, and Lumen Vitae, the Clairmont Center houses performance halls, rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, music lab, faculty offices and studios, and classrooms.

Performance and Rehearsal Halls:

  • R.M. Heskett Hall, a 150-seat venue for student and faculty recitals, department meetings, performance labs, clinics, and guest artist performances.
  • Mandan Rehearsal Hall, the primary ensemble rehearsal space for everything from Jazz Ensemble to Concert Choir, named after generous donors from Mandan, ND.

 Classrooms and Studios:

Students using our grand pianos.
  • A music technology lab where students practice keyboard skills, compose music using Finale™, edit audio tracks, employ music education software, improve music theory and auditory skills, and access recording studio equipment and software
  • Three music classrooms
  • Five Wenger practice modules
  • Three percussion rooms
  • Two piano studios with concert grands
  • Faculty teaching studios
  • Benet Chapel, dedicated to the memory of former University of Mary Chaplain, Fr. Blaine Cook

All rehearsal facilities are open daily for student practice and music classes such as theory, aural skills, music appreciation, history, methods courses, conducting, technology, and sacred music.

Welder Library

Welder Library houses music texts, periodicals, and recordings. Built in 1998, Welder is named in honor of Sister Thomas Welder, OSB, fifth president of the University of Mary.

Arno Gustin Hall

Vocal Arts ensemble performance in Arno Gustin Hall

Located in the Harold J. Miller Center, Arno Gustin Hall is a 350-seat lecture, rehearsal, and performance space. Arno Gustin is used for concerts, plays, musicals, guest artist performances, and the University of Mary Jazz Festival. 

Fr. Arno Gustin, OSB, was the second president of the University of Mary.

Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel

Large choral group performing in the Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel

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 organ recitals. The original Reuter organ was renovated and expanded in 2017.

Founders Hall

Concert Band in Founders Hall

Founders Hall is home to our band concerts, Big Band Dance, and the annual Jazz Festival. Located in the Lumen Vitae University Center, its sophisticated yet modest design is a tribute to the selfless women of the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery and complements the architectural style of the other buildings on campus.

Bismarck Event Center

Concert Choir at the Event Center

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

Belle Mehus Auditorium

Students playing at the Jazz Festival on the Belle Mehus stage.

The Belle Mehus Auditorium is home to Mary’s stage productions 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 1990s, the auditorium is home to many community concerts and events.

Have Questions?

We're here to help. Call the Music Department at 701-355-8301 or email us.