Willamette University, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Hall

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander worked with the client, architect and acoustician to design new music facilities to support Willamette University’s growing and well-respected music program. The resulting building includes the Jerry E. Hudson Concert Hall, teaching spaces, rehearsal and practice rooms and specialty instrumental and vocal studios.

As the theatre consultants, the firm assisted the university and the design team in defining and refining the needs of the music department and how those requirements translated into the building’s final program. Following the programming phase, the firm, along with the design team, developed the technical infrastructure that would support the music department’s multi-faceted program and the 600-seat concert hall. Auerbach Pollock Friedlander’s services included development of the audience-performer relationship, seating and sightlines, stage elements, variable acoustics systems and a combined theatrical and architectural lighting control system.

The unique integration of theatrical and acoustical elements accomplished functional efficiency, economy of construction and an aural and aesthetic environment.

Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership
Acoustics: Kirkegaard Associates
Size: 26,400 SF
Cost: $7,500,000
Completion: 1999