Michelsen Hall has a seating capacity of 349 and is host to nearly 200 music events each year. Its responsive acoustics, clear sight lines, and warm ambiance create a delightful setting for all kinds of musical performances. In addition, recently added state-of-the-art sound and video equipment provide the space with the flexibility to be used in a variety of multi-media settings.
Michelsen Hall was named after Peter Michelsen. Long-time music department chair Donald Greene said about Michelsen, "Peter Michelsen was the music department." Michelsen was appointed music director in 1931. He formed the first real band of the college that by 1935 grew to a widely known 60 member touring group. Born in Norway, Michelsen was a flutist and studied music with Edvard Grieg.