Robert E. Mortensen Hall

Prospective arts students and faculty consider performance facilities and rehearsal space before they commit to a school. The current facilities at the Mason Gross School of the Arts do not provide room for the increased student body, faculty, and staff. As Mason Gross enhances its program offerings, it must provide additional space to accommodate its initiatives. A new facility helps attract and retain the very best artists. This initiative provides opportunities for naming. Permanently naming an elegant and heavily used facility is a rare opportunity.

Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall

The largest performance space in the Robert E. Mortensen Hall, a 3,100-square-foot choral hall opening upward over two stories, provides a modern rehearsal facility for the five vocal ensembles of the Mason Gross School: the Rutgers Glee Club, the Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir, the University Choir, the Voorhees Choir, and the Children's Choir. It provides stability and unity to choral activities. Because the hall has been designed for flexible use, it can accommodate other ensembles in the Music Department when not occupied.


Sweeping upward over two stories with panoramic views of the Douglass ravine, the Raritan River, and the Marryott Music Building, the 3,681-square-foot atrium serves as a welcoming and much-needed gathering place for faculty, students, and visitors. It opens on to a new outdoor plaza and feature entrances from Nicholas Music Center and the Marryott Music Building. The Rutgers Class of '52 coffee-and-sandwich bar offers light breakfast and lunch fare and accommodates patrons of concerts and other arts events. A large interior balcony provides additional seating space and allows for festive, elevated placement of performing forces. The atrium fosters faculty-student interaction serves as a town square for the arts—the indoor, all-weather complement to the widely used Bettenbender Plaza, constructed in 2002.

Regina B. Heldrich Courtyard

The atrium opens onto a new outdoor courtyard, a more intimate gathering space than Bettenbender Plaza. Like the adjacent atrium, the courtyard is is a key element in engendering a greater sense of community within the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center. The space improves the quality of life for students and faculty alike.

Technology Studio

The technology studio provides the Music Department with the high-tech recording and engineering space it requires to establish the long-desired music technology program. Music students must understand and embrace music technology as a critical part of making and reproducing music.

Dance Suite

Student enrollments have doubled in the Dance program over the past four years, and the department now offers graduate study through its recently launched master of education program in dance education. The dance suite, on the second floor of Robert E. Mortensen Hall, provides additional faculty and administrative offices.

The Presser Foundation Practice Suite

With more than 350 students enrolled in music performance, the need for additional practice studios has become acute. The Robert E. Mortensen Hall provides 10 new practice studios, appropriately equipped and soundproofed.

Naming opportunities within or on the grounds of Mortensen Hall include:

  • Benches
  • Linden Trees
  • Exterior Bricks
  • Pianos

Donations are also accepted into the general Mortensen Hall Building Fund.  

For more information, please call 848-932-5197.