Facilities & Venues

From the historic to the state-of-the-art, from the intimate to the spacious, McDonogh's expansive facilities support all student endeavors in the visual and performing arts.

The Clarence A. Burck Center

Located in the heart of campus, the Burck Center reflects McDonogh School's commitment to arts education for all ages.

  • 27,000 square feet of performance and rehearsal space
  • Ceres M. Horn Theatre and adjacent scene shop
  • Osborne Black Box Theatre
  • Band rehearsal room
  • Three private music studios
  • Classroom space
  • Storage space
  • Spacious lobby/reception space

The Ceres M. Horn Theatre

  • The largest performance venue on campus with 585 seats
  • Manual Fly System
  • Wenger Diva acoustical shell and full set of choral risers
  • Steinway grand piano
  • Orchestra pit
  • More than 200 individual lighting dimmers
  • Complete audio system with 24 channel audio control
  • Control and projection room

The Klein Lyceum

  • A versatile space for 171 seated guests, handicap seating, and room for seating up to 20 additional guests
  • Bluthner Grand Piano
  • Four sections of Wenger Choral Risers
  • Podium with McDonogh seal
  • Projection capabilities with HDMI computer inputs from onstage, back of house, or BluRay
  • Backstage green room
  • Basic LED front-of-house stage lighting
  • Up to three wireless microphones and three wired microphones

The Osborne Black Box Theatre

  • Intimate, versatile performance space
  • Exposed lighting grid for adjustable light configurations
  • Sound and lighting board
  • Temporary stage and seating can be moved, rebuilt, and reconfigured as needed

The Kelly Center

  • Muiltipurpose Room located on the ground level of Elderkin Hall
  • Equipped with computer, projector, and speakers
  • Used for AfterCare, grade-level gatherings, small special events
  • Seating must be requested from and set up by the Maintenance Department.

Dance Studio

Situated on the the lower level of the Edward St. John Student Center is the spacious, open, and airy dance facility.

  • A spacious studio with theatre-quality lighting
  • Harlequin Sprung Floor System
  • Full-length mirrors
  • A double ballet barre
  • Boys and girls locker rooms
  • Costume storage

Art Studios

Considerable studio spaces locally situated in the Lower, Middle, and Upper schools provide visual artists from all three divisions with space and resources.

  • Two Lower School art studios, one in Elderkin Hall and one in the Edward St. John Student Center
  • One woodworking studio in Elderkin Hall
  • Two Middle School art studios in Lyle Building
  • Upper School woodworking studio in the Edward St. John Student Center
  • Three studios on the third floor of the Edward St. John Student Center
  • One darkroom studio in the Edward St. John Student Center
  • Digital Media Studio on the third floor of the Edward St. John Student Center

Tuttle Gallery

The Tuttle Gallery is the premiere display space for student and professional art exhibitions. Each year, the Tuttle Gallery features exhibits of original works by McDonogh students, alumni, and visiting artists whose work has been displayed nationally. Tuttle Gallery, located on the third floor of the Edward St. John Student Center, is open during school hours. The gallery holds extended hours for exhibit openings. Oletha DeVane is director and curator.

The Tuttle Gallery opened in 1980 as a memorial to Stiles Ewing Tuttle. Longtime art department head E. Carey Kenney, who passed away in 2012, was its first curator.

Tagart Memorial Chapel

McDonogh's historic, non-denominational chapel is set atop peaceful Chapel Hill, overlooking the front of campus and the main drive. With its marvelous acoustics, the chapel is used as the rehearsal space for McDonogh's Upper School choral ensembles and as the performance venue for the Concert Choir's annual Winter Holiday Concert. The chapel is home to a large pipe organ, a baby grand piano, and the 48-bell carillon.

Outdoor Venues

There is plenty of outdoor space available for visual and performing arts activities. The sprawling campus provides a lovely setting for visual artists on warm days. Outdoor performances have been held on Childs Memorial Terrace at the foot of Chapel Hill. The Lower School's Carpenter Outdoor Classroom, a tiered amphitheater outside Elderkin Hall, is designed for performances, demonstrations, and improvisational theater. The Upper School's Blumberg Outdoor Classroom outside Keelty Building is yet another venue.


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