The Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) opened in 1996 after Dr. Herbert Wertheim and his wife Nicole made gifts of more than $1 million to the University’s music, theatre, and dance programs. It houses the FIU School of Music and the FIU Department of Theatre and is considered to be one of Miami’s premier collegiate concert and performance venues featuring world class musicians, faculty, students, and guest performers. These performances take place in the beautiful 600 seat concert hall, the more intimate 100 seat recital hall, the black box theatre, and the mainstage theatre. The performing arts center also houses practice rooms, instrumental rehearsal halls, computer music studios, faculty teaching studios, an organ studio containing a two-manual Schlicker practice pipe organ, a variety of early music instruments including viols, lutes, a harpsichord, and the Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ, considered to be the largest concert hall organ in South Florida.
The Wertheims’ continued support has transformed the space into an incubator for student talent as well as a top-notch venue for the likes of Arturo Sandoval, Susan Starr, Paquito D’Rivera, Nestor Torres, Peabo Bryson, Tony Succar, Jon Secada, Misty Bermudez, Olivier Latry, Dame Gillian Weir, Amernet String Quartet and many more.