New Recital Hall and Music I Renovation
State College, Pennsylvania

Construction is underway on the world’s first vineyard style recital hall, a new addition to Penn State’s 1960s-era Music Building I. The new hall supports a 50-piece orchestra and 415 patrons, none of whom are more than 36 feet from the concert platform. Retractable banners allow adjustment of the room acoustic to suit the repertoire, and an LED lighting system provide extensive capability to alter the visual environment. The existing recital hall within Music I will be backfilled with an orchestra rehearsal room, support spaces, and new mechanical equipment servicing both the new and existing buildings. Nextstage design provided comprehensive services for theater design, planning, and equipment.

Pennsylvania State University

Design Architect
William Rawn Associates

Executive Architect
Bostwick Design Partnership

Talaske | Sound Thinking

Construction Manager
PJ Dick

Construction Type
New construction

Square Feet
13,390 new
11,440 renovated

$15.5 million


School of Music

Spaces415-seat recital hall
3,200-square-foot ensemble rehearsal room

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