About

Granoff Music Center

Opened in February 2007, The Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center is home to the Tufts Department of Music and is the focal point for all musical activities on the Medford campus. The center presents hundreds of events and concerts annually and hosts the Tufts Community Music Program for children and adults. Since the facility opened, thousands have entered the center's performance halls and classrooms to experience and learn about music.

The classrooms, computer lab, ensemble rooms, teaching studios, and practice rooms are designed with exquisite attention to acoustical detail. The 55,000-square-foot facility provides well-lit, pleasant spaces to enable Tufts students and faculty, along with the wider community, to learn, teach, create, perform, and enjoy music.

The crown jewel of the $27 million building is the 300-seat Distler Performance Hall, an acoustically separate "box-within-a-box" that was designed to be a showcase for live acoustic performances. The hall is "acoustically sealed"—meaning sounds from without will not interfere with performances, and sounds from within will not interrupt teaching or other functions elsewhere in the building. Even the ventilation and lighting systems have been designed to be silent--no humming, no buzzing, no blowing. Ideally tuned for Western classical chamber music, the Distler Hall is a world-class place in which to perform and listen to all kinds of music.

In addition to Distler Hall, the Granoff Music Center features:

Granoff Music Center
  • An airy, sky-lit atrium that can serve as a reception area
  • The Music Box Office
  • Fisher Performance Hall, a two-story, acoustically separate rehearsal hall located beneath the Distler Performance Hall that can also be used for recitals
  • Varis Lecture Hall, a 65-seat theater-style classroom
  • The Lilly Music Library
  • The World Music Room, home to an entire Javanese gamelan and numerous beautiful West African drums used by the African Music and Dance Ensemble (Kiniwe)
  • A multimedia Music Computer Lab with state-of-the-art hardware and software
  • Two acoustically sealed classrooms, with 35 and 25 seats, respectively
  • A fully equipped seminar room, with 15 seats
  • Practice rooms and teaching studios, including rooms acoustically designed for percussion and other loud instruments
  • Instrument storage areas, with special lockers for larger instruments
  • A lower-level connection to the Aidekman Arts Center and Cohen Auditorium

The Granoff Music Center is handicap accessible.

Rentals & Reservations

For all non-Tufts University NON-PERFORMANCE Rental Inquiries (such as lectures, conferences, and ceremonies) from anyone not currently affiliated with Tufts (including alumni) regarding the use of the Distler Performance Hall, Fisher Performance Room, Varis Lecture Hall, Murnane Lobby, or any Granoff Music Center classroom, please email Tufts University Conference and Event Services or call 617-627-3568. Availability for non-Tufts functions during the fall and spring academic terms is extremely limited, and three weeks of lead time is required to schedule any rental. The World Music Room and Seminar Room are not available for outside rentals.

For all Tufts and non-Tufts University PERFORMANCE Rental Inquiries or Tufts NON-PERFORMANCE (such as lectures, conferences, and ceremonies) Rental Inquiries regarding the use of the Distler Performance Hall, Fisher Performance Room, Varis Lecture Hall, or Murnane Lobby, please contact the Music Center Manager, Jeffrey Rawitsch by email or at 617-627-2253. Availability of the spaces, fees, and rates for use of the spaces will be discussed and a meeting will take place before any use agreements are finalized. Non-Tufts affiliated performance rentals that move forward after this meeting will then be forwarded to Tufts Conference and Event Services to formalize an agreement. Availability for such rentals during the fall and spring academic terms is extremely limited, and three weeks of lead time is required to schedule any rental.

For all Tufts University-affiliated room reservations for regular classroom or practice room use from any Tufts Department, Office, Division, Campus Group, TCU Group, or individual student, please submit a request via the EMS reservation system and/or contact the Music Department Main Office.