Rice University Music & Performing Arts Center
The new Rice University Music and Performing Arts Center 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 main performance hall will seat 600 patrons while the orchestra pit will accommodate 70 musicians. The facility will 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." Campus Architect David Rodd stated that this “will be the most significant building we build this century."
Architect: Allan Greenberg Architect
Expected Project Completion: Summer 2020
Project Budget: Confidential