Brockman Hall for Opera

Houston, Texas

Brockman Hall for Opera will expand the facilities for the Shepherd School of Music, providing rehearsal and performance spaces worthy of the caliber of the opera and instrumental musicians it produces. It will face the existing Alice Pratt Brown Hall on the west side of campus. As an educational facility, the Opera Performance Hall and two rehearsal spaces require an acoustic character that both stretch and support the performers in both rehearsal and performance. The new 84,000 SF space includes the main performance hall which will seat 600 patrons, while the orchestra pit will accommodate 70 musicians. The facility will also house private practice rooms, teaching studios, and classrooms. Other support spaces include a fully functional scene shop, costume shop, and performer dressing rooms.

Robert Yekovich, Shepherd’s Dean, said in a statement that the addition of the new opera house signifies the shift from a university “based in sciences to one that’s based in arts and sciences”, and Campus Architect David Rodd stated that this “will be the most significant building we build this century”.

This project is pending LEED-Silver Certification.

Architect: Allan Greenberg Architect

Expected Project Completion: Summer 2020

Project Budget: Confidential