Nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities, the Mercer University Townsend School of Music continues to attract premier musicians from all over the world. Townsend presents an annual concert season that features more than 50 performances by professional guest artists, distinguished faculty, and students in both instrumental and vocal fields. Most concert events are free and open to the public.
The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, a special conservatory-like institute within Townsend, presents its own Fabian Concert Series featuring some of the top string musicians from around the world.
Most concerts are held in Fickling Hall, an acoustically outstanding space located at the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s Macon campus.
The Neva Langley Fickling Hall is an 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 concert 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.
The building’s namesake is the late Neva Jane Langley Fickling, an accomplished pianist who attended Wesleyan College and went on to become Miss Macon, Miss Georgia and then Miss America in 1953. She remained in Macon and married William Fickling, where they remained staunch patrons of the arts.
Fickling would be the only Miss Georgia to be crowned Miss America until 2015, when Central Georgia native Betty Cantrell won the title. Cantrell also attended Wesleyan College and later transferred to the Mercer University Townsend School of Music, where she briefly studied vocal performance.
The school is committed to providing comprehensive music degrees that nurture competent, creative and successful musicians. Students enjoy numerous solo performance opportunities, main stage productions, ensemble concert tours, and chamber music experiences in an artistic environment.
About the Surrounding Geography.
The Mercer University Townsend School of Music is located on the University’s main campus in Macon. The Music School is within short walking distance to all the main campus has to offer, including Mercer University’s Five Star Football Stadium. It is also within walking and parking proximity of Mercer Village, a residential and retail hub featuring college-friendly businesses, eateries and a coffee shop, as well as the historic Tattnall Square Park. Downtown Macon, as well as the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, is a brief drive or bike ride away.