Facilities & Venues

From the historic to the state-of-the-art, from the intimate to the spacious, McDonogh's expansive facilities support all student endeavors in the visual and performing arts.

The Clarence A. Burck Center

Located in the heart of campus, the Burck Center reflects McDonogh School's commitment to arts education for all ages.

  • 27,000 square feet of performance and rehearsal space
  • Ceres M. Horn Theatre and adjacent scene shop
  • Osborne Black Box Theatre
  • Band rehearsal room
  • Three private music studios
  • Classroom space
  • Storage space
  • Spacious lobby/reception space

The Ceres M. Horn Theatre

  • The largest performance venue on campus with 580 seats
  • Full fly tower
  • Wenger Diva acoustical shell
  • Steinway grand piano
  • Orchestra pit
  • Up to 200 individual lighting circuits
  • Up to 24 sound channels with multiple feedback circuits
  • Control and projection room

The Osborne Black Box Theatre

  • Intimate, versatile performance space
  • Exposed lighting grid for adjustable light configurations
  • Sound and lighting board
  • Temporary stage and seating can be moved, rebuilt, and reconfigured as needed

Dance Studio

Situated on the third floor of Allan Building is the spacious, open, and airy dance facility.

  • Two studios, one large, one small
  • Gerstung-sprung dance floor in large studio
  • Full length mirrors in small studio
  • Barres in both studios
  • Adjoining changing rooms with lockers
  • Costume storage

Art Studios

Considerable studio spaces locally situated in the Lower, Middle, and Upper schools provide visual artists from all three divisions with space and resources.

  • Two Lower School art studios in Elderkin Hall
  • One woodworking studio in Elderkin Hall
  • Two Middle School art studios in Lyle Building
  • Upper School woodworking studio in the Burck Center
  • Three studios on the third floor of Allan Building
  • One darkroom adjacent to studios in Allan Building
  • The Sheridan Media lab, also on the third floor of Allan Building

Tuttle Gallery

The Tuttle Gallery is the premiere display space for student and professional art exhibitions. Each year, the Tuttle Gallery features exhibits of original works by McDonogh students, alumni, and visiting artists whose work has been displayed nationally. Tuttle Gallery, located on the first floor of Lyle Building, is open during school hours. The gallery holds extended hours for exhibit openings. Head of Upper School Art Oletha DeVane is curator.

The Tuttle Gallery opened in 1980 as a memorial to Stiles Ewing Tuttle. Longtime art department head E. Carey Kenney, now retired, was its first curator.

Tagart Memorial Chapel

McDonogh's historic, non-denominational chapel is set atop peaceful Chapel Hill, overlooking the front of campus and the main drive. With its marvelous acoustics, the chapel is used as the rehearsal space for McDonogh's Upper School choral ensembles and as the performance venue for the Concert Choir's annual Winter Holiday Concert. The chapel is home to a large pipe organ, a baby grand piano, and the 48-bell carillon.

Outdoor Venues

There is plenty of outdoor space available for visual and performing arts activities. The sprawling campus provides a lovely setting for visual artists on warm days. Outdoor performances have been held on Childs Memorial Terrace at the foot of Chapel Hill. The Lower School's Carpenter Outdoor Classroom, a tiered amphitheater outside Elderkin Hall, is a popular place for performances and theatre classes. The Upper School's Blumberg Outdoor Classroom outside Keelty Building is yet another venue.

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