“A gem of architecture.” That is how James Francis Cooks, president of the the Theodore Presser Foundation, referred to Presser Hall at its dedication in 1930.
Refurbished in 2003, and renamed The Wimberly Recital Hall, this space is the setting for our public performances and known as the most attractive space in the building.
For decades students, faculty, guest artists, and audiences have enjoyed its comfortable elegance. An inspiring venue, its acoustics enhance what we hear and give substance to William Congreve’s lines: “And now silence is drown’d / In ecstasy of sound.”
In May 2006, The Wimberly Recital Hall welcomed a new nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano (Model D), funded by The Stella Boyle Smith Trust.
In addition to The Wimberly Recital Hall, the music building Presser Hall houses teaching studios, classrooms, practice rooms, and a library of scores and recordings. Practice rooms have either Yamaha upright pianos, new Boston upright pianos, or Steinway grand pianos, including two nine-foot concert grand Steinways. Students are also provided access to lockers for storage of scores and instruments.
Set apart from the rest of the campus, Presser Hall offers its music students the sanctuary demanded by the serious study of music.
There is a Steinway concert grand piano on stage in Smith Hall Theatre. Houston Memorial Chapel has a Bechstein grand piano and a forty-rank, three-manual Holtkamp organ.
Our growing archive of recorded music performances is searchable through Lipscomb Library’s LION catalog, and is available in the library’s reserve materials. The collection of faculty, guest artist, and student performances ranges from the very recent to digitized analog recordings dating back to the 1960’s.