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The Department occupies attractive early Victorian buildings in the suburb of Broomhill, close to the Halls of Residence. It contains a well-stocked library, a fine lecture room and a suite of practice rooms; there are good collections of reproduction early instruments (including a Stein fortepiano of 1782, viols, two Baroque violins, harpsichords and early wind instruments) and of percussion instruments.
The sound studio offers opportunities for electroacoustic music composition, music technology and sound recording. In addition the Department has a psychology of music studio which provides facilities for experiments and other projects. The Department has a Yamaha Disklavier Grand and a Disklavier upright piano as well as a digital harpsichord. PC and Macintosh computers offer word-processing, note-processing and access to the Internet.
The Department sponsors about 50 public concerts every year, including a subscription series given mainly by visiting professional artists, and a weekly lunchtime series at which students often perform. Staff in the Department conduct the University Orchestra, University Chorus, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and students are encouraged to play regularly in smaller ensembles. Staff and students also become involved with local music-making organisations such as the Sheffield Bach Society and South Yorkshire Opera. There is an organ scholar whose appointment is a joint one between the University and the Anglican Cathedral, and a number of students from the Department sing in the Cathedral choir. A local church, St John's Ranmoor, offers an organ scholarship to students already in residence.
As an active centre of research, the Department of Music plays a role in the support of several national and international scholarly societies and journals. It is also a popular conference site, having recently hosted meetings of, for example, the Critical Musicology Forum, the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research, the English Folk Dance & Song Society and the British Forum for Ethnomusicology.
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