Department of Music activities are housed primarily in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Music and Communication, located in the southwest quadrant of the campus. (see campus map) Funded entirely by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation of Las Vegas, the Reynolds Center was completed in the fall of 1998 at a cost of $6.2 million. Alumni and friends have funded a $1.2 million permanent endowment for the building.
The Reynolds Center houses the Departments of Music and Communication in its approximately 57,000 square feet of space. The two departments share common lobby and student lounge areas. The Department of Music occupies the southeast wing of the L-shaped building, and the Department of Communication is located in the northwest wing.
The center contains a 221-seat recital hall, considered by many to be the finest performance hall of its size in the state, acoustically and aesthetically. The hall is also the center for Harding's recording activities. Pianists perform on a Yamaha C3 grand piano.
The instrumental hall houses the band and orchestra programs; choral activities, for the most part, take place in the choral hall. The omni hall is a multipurpose hall used for choral and small vocal ensemble rehearsals, music appreciation classes, and music methods classes.
The music wing also contains a 12-station Kawai electronic piano laboratory and a six-station music computer laboratory that feature Macintosh computers and Yamaha keyboards. Featured software includes FINALE and Sibelius music notation programs.
In addition to rehearsal halls and classrooms, practice facilities include seven Wenger prefabricated practice modules and six traditional practice rooms. Three of these rooms contain grand pianos for advanced piano students.
Besides the Reynolds Center, the department uses the 3,686-seat Benson Auditorium for large productions and the 972-seat Administration Auditorium for activities of intermediate size.