School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

Our Facilities

Varner Hall, located at the southeast corner of the main campus, is the center of performing arts at Oakland University. MTD facilities within Varner Hall include:
  • Varner Recital Hall
  • Varner Studio Theatre 
  • Varner Laboratory Theatre 
Varner Recital Hall can seat up to 425 people, including 10 handicap/wheelchair seats. The Studio Theatre capacity and seating chart varies by performance, ranging between 90-150 people.

To rent any of the MTD facilities or equipment, email


Varner Hall’s performance facilities can accommodate special needs on a limited basis. Accessible restrooms are located on the second floor. These are easily accessed from Varner Recital Hall’s upper level seating or from the first floor and Studio Theatre, via the elevators at the Varner Recital Hall entrance to Varner Hall.

For your convenience, we recommend using the elevators near the "Varner Recital Hall" entrance (parking lot 26) when attending performances at Varner Recital Hall.

Please contact the Box Office at (248) 370-4578 in advance of the performance you wish to attend for information and special assistance.


Free parking is available in several lots adjacent to Varner Hall, including lots 36, 26 and 24. For more information on parking on OU’s campus, see the parking page.

Facility, Services and Equipment Rental

MTD's Varner Hall facilities and equipment are available to rent.

To request the use of any MTD facility and/or personnel, submit the Scheduling Form to the Office of Scheduling, 203 Varner Hall. To request MTD services and equipment, submit the Services and Equipment Request Form to the Office of Scheduling, 203 Varner Hall.


Lockers are available for students on the first floor of Varner Hall. To obtain a locker see the departmental secretary in 207 Varner Hall.

MTD Technology
Resource Lab
The MTD Technology and Resource Lab is located in room 237 in Varner Hall. The lab contains 12 Macintosh computers, 2 Windows PCs, 8 Korg X50 synthesizers, and various music related software applications.

The MTD Technology & Resource Lab uses the university's WEPA system.

You can reach the front desk of the MTD Technology and Resource Lab by calling (248) 370-2134. If you are interested in working in the lab please contact the lab manager Carol Ambrogio Wood at


Monday 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Lab hours are subject to change throughout the term.

Lab Policies
  • The MTD Technology and Resources Lab is designed and intended primarily for students in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
  • The lab is intended to support the academic and artistic pursuits of students and faculty in the department, through effective implementation of state of the art technology resources.
  • MTD faculty may request to use the lab for teaching purposes during the term. Please contact Steve Bizub (bizub at to do so.
  • In cases where all workstations are taken, students not working on academic or artistic materials may be asked to limit their use of their station.
  • Food or drink of any sort is not permitted in the lab. If necessary, students may leave any food and/or drinks in the space between the front desk and the door to the lab.
  • Under no circumstances should students install or delete or attempt to install or delete any software on any lab computer. Students should request software installations or upgrades through the lab staff.
  • Students are not to make or attempt to make any changes to the configurations of the computers in the lab.
  • Students should not leave personal files on their workstation computers after they are finished. Any files left on the computers may be deleted at any time.
  • Students may not use the computers for illegal copying of audio or video materials, or for uploading or downloading copyright protected materials through file-sharing applications.
  • Students are asked to report any equipment or software problems to the lab staff.
MTD Technology Committee: Steve Bizub, David Kidger, Joe Shively

Computers and Software Available
The lab contains 11 iMacs (2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) and one PowerMac (Dual 1.8 GHz PowerPC G5). Eight of these computers are connected to a Korg X50 synthesizer. The lab also has two Windows PCs.

The following applications are installed on all of the Macintosh computers unless otherwise noted:
  • iLife '09
  • GarageBand
  • iMovie
  • iDVD
  • iPhoto
  • iWeb
  • iMovie HD (the older version of iMovie)
  • Sibelius 6
  • AudioScore Lite 6
  • PhotoScore Lite 5.5.2
  • Finale 2009
  • Audacity
  • Pyware 3D (not installed on Mac 11)
  • Practica Musica
  • MacGamut 6
  • Microsoft Office 2008 (Word, Excel, & PowerPoint)
In addition to the above, the following applications are installed on specific computers:
  • Ableton Live Suite 8 (Mac 7)
  • Logic Studio (Mac 12)
  • Logic Pro 8
  • Soundtrack Pro 2
  • Main Stage
  • Final Cut Studio 5 (Mac 9)
  • Final Cut Pro 5
  • Motion 2
  • Soundtrack Pro
  • DVD Studio Pro 4
  • Adobe CS3 (Mac 1 as well as PC 2)
  • InDesign CS3
  • Photoshop CS3
  • Illustrator CS3
  • Acrobat Pro 8
We have two PCs running Windows XP. Both computers are running the following software:
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Autocad LT 2009
  • Autocad Design Review 2010
In addition to the above, Adobe CS3 is also installed on PC 2.

Course Reserves and Resources
The lab contains numerous music education related books, textbooks, and recordings.

In addition to the music education resources, materials for the following courses are currently available as well:

MUS 332 - Professor Payette
  • Folder of weekly assignments
  • Scores
  • Berlioz, Lelio
  • Schumann, Carnaval
  • Strauss, Ein Heidenleben
  • Rorem, Evidence of Things Not Seen
  • Weill, The Seven Deadly Sins (in a white binder)
  • DVD of Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins
  • Books
    • The Music of Berlioz
    • Berlioz: Past, Present, and Future
    • The Cambridge Companion to Berlioz
    • Schumann's Piano Cycles and the Novels of Jean Paul
    • Schumann and His World
    • "Carnaval, Cross-Dressing, and the Woman in the Mirror" article in Musicology and Difference
    • The Cambridge Companion to Schumann
    • Richard Strauss's Orchestral Music and the Nerman Intellectual Tradition
    • The Development of Melody in the Tone Poems of Richard Strauss
    • Richard Strauss and His World
    • Strauss Tone Poems
    • Kurt Weill in Europe
    • Kurt Weill on Stage
    • Lies: A Diary 1986-1999
    • Settling the Score
MUS 336 - Professor Kujenga
  • Black Music of Two Worlds by John Storm Roberts
  • Caribbean Currents by Peter Manuel
All resources can be checked out with the staff member on duty. All resources must remain in the lab.