Music Performance Facilities

UT Tyler School of Performing Arts

UT Tyler offers outstanding musical performance facilities for School of Performing Arts events, as well as regional, national, and international touring performances.

R. Don Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center

The Cowan Center is the focal point for performing arts on campus, as well as in the City of Tyler and the Northeast Texas region. It houses the School of Performing Arts and includes state-of-the-art lecture and performance facilities, including Vaughn Auditorium, Braithwaite Recital Hall, offices, classroom, studio, digital MIDI lab, and rehearsal spaces.

Jim and Bonna Bess Vaughn Auditorium (right) comfortably seats 2,000 patrons in a warm acoustical environment. A full Broadway-sized stage includes a hydraulically-controlled orchestra pit floor which may be raised for concert use, or lowered for musical theatre productions.

David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Recital Hall (below) is the premiere chamber music venue of the region, and regularly hosts solo recitals and small chamber performances. It seats 161 patrons in three sections, with ample access for those with physical disabilities. The School's Steinway concert grand piano, hand selected in New York by our faculty, resides on the stage for solo and accompanying work. A second Steinway is also available for duo-piano and concerto work.

New CENTER FOR THE MUSICAL ARTS – Currently under construction!
The School of Performing Arts looks forward to opening the new Center for the Musical Arts in Spring 2016. Featuring new spaces for instrumental and choral rehearsal, as well as new faculty teaching studios, this state-of-the-art addition will compliment one of the finest performing arts complexes in the region.