New Recital Hall and Music I Renovation
State College, Pennsylvania

The world’s first vineyard style recital hall recently opened at Penn State’s School of Music, and it sounds marvelous. Nextstage Design provided theater planning and equipment design. The engaging 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 acoustics to suit the repertoire, and an LED lighting system provides extensive capability to alter the visual environment. The new hall is an addition to the 1960s-era Music Building I. The existing recital hall within Music I was backfilled with an orchestra rehearsal room, support spaces, and new mechanical equipment servicing both the new and existing buildings.

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

$25.5 million


School of Music


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

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