Dodd Auditorium is the University of Mary Washington’s multi-use performance space. Dodd Auditorium offers fixed seating for 1237, within the balcony and orchestra levels. The orchestra level seats 915 with 10 handicapped spaces for wheelchair placement and the balcony seats the remaining 322. This venue has served as host to many events which include the UMW Philharmonic Concerts, the Great Lives Lecture Series, the Lip Sync Contest, Mr. UMW Contest, PAC Dance Concerts, and many other Department of Music and student run events. On average over 200 events are held each year in Dodd Auditorium.
Dodd Auditorium opened on January 11, 1940, with a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hans Kindler.
During the summer of 2005, the seating and decor of Dodd Auditorium experienced a major renovation. The original seats (1215 seats) on the main floor were replaced with wider and more comfortable seats obtained from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, reducing the seating to 1300. Another major improvement was the installation of 17 large bright chandeliers which offer patrons a brighter and more patron-friendly atmosphere. In addition to making our patrons more comfortable, the entire audience chamber was refurbished to emphasize the architectural details of the auditorium. The overall effect was completed with stunning new drapes and specially-loomed carpeting.
During the summer of 2010, Dodd Auditorium had major tech improvements. Dodd Auditorium had a completely new sound and AV system installed, as well as a new rigging system. Other improvements included a new lighting and sound booth in the balcony, which reduced the seating to the current 1273 seats, new stage curtains, and all new lighting instruments. These improvements will allow for a more professional quality to events housed in Dodd Auditorium.
Dodd Auditorium is located in George Washington Hall. George Washington Hall is found inside the main gates of the campus, off College Avenue. Immediately to the left after entering the gates you will see a large parking lot (Lot 2) which serves as the major parking venue for events held in Dodd Auditorium.
Below is a list of up coming events that are open to the general public.
December 2, 2016 7:30 pm Concert Band Concert
December 3, 2016 7:30 pm Encore Concert
December 4, 2016 7:30 pm Symfonics Concert
December 9, 2016 7:30 pm UMW Philharmonic: Christmas with Tony Bennett