About the Winter Center

The Ware Center


The Dr. Charles R. and Anita B. Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center hosts cultural and artistic events at Millersville University in Millersville, PA.


Featuring 2 large concert halls, art gallery, and dedicated spaces for instruction and practice by our students, the Winter Center is the hub of creative and artistic expression on our campus.







Our Facility


The Winter Center Auditorium

Biemesderfer Hall


Formerly known as the Lyte Auditorium, the Winter Center underwent extensive renovations and upgrades in 2011 and reopened to the public October 12, 2012. Our facility boasts several state-of-the-art performance halls and spaces for collaborative learning.


The Clair Performance Hall, which can seat 650, hosts our on-campus musicals, dances, and larger performances. The Biemesderfer Concert Hall, with seating for 290 people, has world-class advanced acoustics to create optimal sound conditions for each performance. The Susan C. & Gerald C. Eckert Art Gallery is used for local and national tours of art exhibitions.


In these spaces, we host both local and international artists, along with student-led performances and recitals.


View a panorama of Clair Performance Hall

View a panorama of Biemesderfer Concert Hall




Education Spaces at the Winter Center


In addition to our performance and exhibition halls, the Winter Center has spaces dedicated to our Visual and Performing Arts programs. The Steinman Foundation Recording Studio, Isaacson Dance Studio, a cutting-edge Yamaha Clavinova piano lab, and 17 practice rooms can all be used by instructors and students to broaden their skills and craft their art at Millersville.




Concert Hall Rentals in Lancaster County

Clair Hall


Along with the Ware Center, the Winter Center facility is available to rent for your next conference, concert, banquet, or fundraising gala. Our staff is flexible and willing to help make your next event a success. Learn more about our rental policies and use our rental inquiry form to request the Winter Center for your next event.



We are a fully-accessible facility that can accommodate any special seating, audio/visual, or access request. Contact our office at 717-871-7600 for special requests.


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The Winter Center


60 W Cottage Ave
Millersville, PA 17551
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Phone: (717) 871-4700


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Student Memorial Center Box Office (Room 103) Hours:


Monday-Friday: 9am-4:30pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed
One hour prior to performance at the venue





Parking for events at the Winter Center is on the Millersville University campus. After 4pm and on the weekends, visitors can park in open lots on Cove Drive. You can also park in the Gaige Parking Garage with entrances on N. Prince Street and W. Cottage Avenue.


If you are visiting the Winter Center Monday through Friday before 4pm, you will need to obtain a visitor pass from University Police headquarters at Lebanon House (237 N. George Street). Visitor parking spaces are also marked off on the first floor of the Gaige Parking Garage.