Howard Music Hall

Howard Music Hall

This two-story, 32,809-square-foot building houses the music department.

Howard Music Hall, which connects to Sage Center for the Arts, contains the McNamara Rehearsal Hall, Conrad Recital Hall, faculty offices, twenty-three soundproof practice rooms, a jazz studio, a percussion studio, a classroom, with a three-manual practice organ, three study lounges, the Hillsdale County Community Rotunda, and a patio and veranda for outdoor gatherings. Its 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.