Winter Center - Millersville
The Dr. Charles R. and Anita B. Winter Visual and Performing Arts center officially reopened October 12, 2012 with the dedication of the building. Lyte Auditorium closed in 2010 for its renovation and the expansion creating the new Visual and Performing Arts Center, bringing the Music Department into one building. The facility was designed by Spillman Farmer Architects.
The building includes the Clair Performance Hall, Biemesderfer Concert Hall, Murley Recital Hall, and an Art Gallery, the Steinman Foundation Recording Suite, The Isaacson Dance Studio, 17 practice modules for student use and a state-of-the-art Yamaha Clavinova piano lab.
The on-campus center is a creative hub for students, faculty and the surrounding community in music, art and theater to share a vibrant place for local, regional, national and international artists to connect with students in residencies, master classes and workshops.
Clair Performance Hall
The Clair Performance Hall seats 650 and is a traditional proscenium stage. Perfect for musicals, dance and large scale performances, the space houses state-of-the-art technical equipment, sound and lights and access to a scene shop for producing productions.
Biemesderfer Concert Hall
The Hall is named after Elva Biemesderfer who was a profound supporter of the arts and was known for her beautiful soprano voice. The Hall is a completely tunable room featuring motorized banners and curtains that absorb sound. The Concert Hall has the greatest range of reverberation and sound control of all the performance spaces in the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center. It holds 290 seats.