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Chamber Music Seminar Facilities

Stanford University

Stanford University is located near Palo Alto, CA, approximately 30 miles south of San Francisco. Established by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their son, Leland Jr., the campus opened in 1891 as an institution devoted to the principles of a liberal education. Situated on over 8,000 acres in the rolling hills of the coastal range, the University is home to some 14,000 students in seven schools, more than 30 inter-disciplinary centers, programs and research laboratories, several major reference libraries, and eleven separate institutes. With over 1,500 distinguished faculty members, Stanford has long been recognized as one of the leading educational institutions in the country—indeed, in the world.

Braun Music Center

Braun Music Center is centrally located on the Stanford campus. The facility, specifically designed to suit the needs of Stanford's Department of Music, contains more than 15 teaching studios, a piano classroom, seminar rooms, five classrooms, and extensive practice facilities, as well as a faculty lounge that serves as "chamber music central" during the Seminar. Performance spaces include the 221-seat Campbell Recital Hall; the 47-seat Baldo Chamber Hall, which also serves as a lecture hall and classroom; and Braun Rehearsal Hall, a multi-purpose space. The adjacent Dinkelspiel Auditorium, seats 716. The Music Library and the Archive of Recorded Sound are also located in Braun Music Center, as well as the Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities (CCARH) — you might enjoy testing your ear on their quartet quiz, found on their homepage. Seminar participants have the use of Braun Music Center, the University Library system, and academic resources during normal business hours for the span of the Seminar.  

Bing Concert Hall

Across campus is the new Bing Concert Hall, opened in January 2013 and now used by Stanford Live, the Department of Music, and other campus performing arts areas. Bing Concert Hall’s 842 seats are arranged in a “vineyard” format, with seating sections ringing the stage. The result is a concert experience of unparalleled intimacy, offering exquisite sightlines from all angles. The hall and its 2,300-sq. ft. studio facilitate the practice, teaching, and study of the performing arts, integrating performance and curriculum for students while engaging with the community.


Stanford University's campus has numerous gardens and sculptures, outdoor swimming pools, jogging trails, and fitness facilities available for use by course participants. Participants receive a courtesy card allowing access to facilities which may not be open to the general public, such as pools and gyms. You may also elect to explore the Iris B. and Gerald C. Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, which houses major works of sculpture in the Rodin Sculpture Garden as well as extensive collections of Asian and modern art.