"A gem of architecture." That is how Dr. 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 grand piano (Model D), funded by The Stella Boyle Smith Trust.
In addition to The Wimberly Recital Hall, the music building houses teaching studios, classrooms, practice rooms, and a library of scores and recordings. Practice rooms have either newer Yamaha 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.