About the School of Music

About Towsend School of Music

The Townsend School of Music on the Macon Campus offers undergraduate and graduate professional music studies in a comprehensive university environment. The School is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles, and state-of-the-art facilities.

The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, a special institute within Townsend School of Music is a highly selective program that prepares string students for success in the real world. Students study with some of the nation's renowned string musicians, receiving music instruction of conservatory quality, while earning an academically well-rounded education from a comprehensive, nationally recognized university.

Find out more about the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings.

The Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Church Music Studies prepares musical artists for ministry and offers four different degrees to aspiring graduate students:


MusicHallLocated on the Macon Campus the McCorkle Music Building is a state-of-the-art  facility. This building is made possible by the generous gift of Allan and Rosemary McCorkle. Outside, 10 of history's greatest composers are immortalized in friezes lining the building:  Americans Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Lowell Mason, and Europeans Igor Stravinsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach and Nadia Boulanger. Inside the $7 million facility spans 28,000 square feet and contains two large ensemble rehearsal rooms with recording capability, 16 practice rooms, a computer lab, classrooms, keyboard lab and a beautifully intimate, 200-seat recital hall. 

Neva Langley Fickling Hall

The Neva Langley Fickling Hall is a beautifully intimate 200-seat venue. Considered one of the best performance centers in the Southeast, the hall offers state-of-the-art acoustics and a superb performance space designed to support the highest caliber of musical events, including recitals, operas, choral and vocal presentations, instrumental works and jazz ensembles. Among its outstanding features are a Richards, Fowkes & Co. pipe organ and professional recording and multimedia equipment. 

Newton Chapel

Newston ChapelFormerly the Tatnall Square Baptist Church, Newton Hall (Chapel) was dedicated in honor of Dr. Louie D. Newton in 1978.  In 1983, the Plunkett-Sewell family commissioned a Holtkamp pipe organ, specially designed for the Chapel.  The 52-rank Tracker instrument is one of the largest organs of its kind on the eastern seaboard, establishing Mercer as a center for organ performance and teaching. 

Where are They Now

Graduates of the Townsend School of Music have gone on to attend a variety of Graduate schools and have found employment in a variety of fields. For a small sampling for where our Graduates are now please click the link. Where Are They Now!

Directions and Address

Townsend School of Music
Mercer University

Mailing Address: 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA 31207
Physical Address: 1329 Adams St., Macon, GA 31201
1-800-637-2378  ext. 5751 (outside Georgia)
1-800-342-0841  ext. 5751 (within Georgia)

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