School of Music

Bryan Fine Arts Building

1150 North Dixie Avenue | Cookeville, Tennessee

The building, constructed in 1981, houses the School of Music and the College of Fine Arts offices.

The building is named in honor of distinguished Tennessee composer, teacher and collector of folk music, Charles Faulkner Bryan. Bryan was an early music faculty member and head of the Music department at Tennessee Tech (at that time Tennessee Polytechnic Institute) from 1934-1938.

The building also features the Wattenbarger Auditorium. So named for James A. Wattenbarger, a former chairman of the Music department from 1963-1982, and founder of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra.

The 55,000 square-foot facility includes:

  • Wattenbarger Auditorium, a 500-seat concert venue
  • 28 faculty offices/teaching studios
  • four music classrooms and two art classrooms
  • individual and small ensemble practice rooms
  • large ensemble rehearsal space
  • small recital hall

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