The Department of Music is housed in the Velma Morrison Center for the Performing Arts , one of the finest facilities in the United States. Situated on the banks of the beautiful Boise River near downtown Boise, the Morrison Center greatly enhances the cultural life of Boise, BSU and the state of Idaho. It includes a 2,000-seat performing hall used by BSU departments, touring groups, and local groups such as the Boise Opera and the Boise Philharmonic. In addition to the performing hall, the Morrison Center features many rooms especially designed for teaching and studying music, including a 200-seat recital hall, large rehearsal rooms for choral and instrumental groups, practice rooms, and individual sound-proof rooms for instruction in ensemble and solo music. As a performance facility, the Morrison Center contributes to BSU’s stimulating educational environment as well as its cultural, recreational, and professional atmosphere.