Howard Music Hall

Howard Music Hall

Beautiful music happens here.

Born out of a rapidly growing love for music among the student body, the Howard Music Hall was dedicated in 2003. The building houses the McNamara Rehearsal Hall, Conrad Recital Hall, faculty offices, a classroom, 23 soundproof practice rooms, a jazz and percussion studio, a three-manual practice organ, three study lounges, the Hillsdale County Community Rotunda, and a patio and veranda for outdoor gatherings. The building also hosts several annual student and guest events. Howard Music Hall’s traditional Italianate architecture complements other campus buildings.


79 E College Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242

Opening Hours

School Year
Sunday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Dedicated in 2003, Howard Music Hall bears the names of its benefactors, John E.N. and Dede Howard.

John Howard, a gifted instrumentalist who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from the University of Michigan, taught music and conducted the St. Joseph Municipal Band in St. Joseph, Michigan, for four decades. Dede Howard has spent her life in service to her family and community.

Howard Music Hall was built to accommodate a rapidly growing music department and strong interest in music among the student body.

In addition to a full schedule of music events, Howard Music Hall hosts annual student and guest events including the President’s Ball, the Sigma Alpha Iota Charity Ball, and the President’s Club Breakfast.



Howard Music Hall interior

Howard Music Hall interior