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Venues: Great Acoustic Spaces of the US and Canada

COMPILATION: Great Acoustic Spaces for Choral Music - U.S. and Canada
(December 2, 2000)

Thanks to the many, many people who contributed to this compilation. And
for your many ideas about the future development of this as a resource.
Several of us have envisioned this as an on-going resource, evolving
into a searchable database, with much more extensive information on each
venue: seating capacity, stage size, parking, handicap access, organ
availability, rental fees, web site, contact information, etc.

For now, I will continue to collect and assemble the basic information
as presented here. In this first installment, I'm including only U.S.
and Canadian venues; I'll continue to gather others from around the
world and post them in an updated compilation in the near future, if
there is interest.

Good luck with all of your December concerts. We send you holiday
greetings from beautiful Colorado.

Thomas Edward Morgan
Ars Nova Singers
Boulder, Colorado

Original Request:


Where are the VERY BEST places to sing in your state or region? I'm
planning to assemble a list of "great acoustic spaces" for choral music,
organized by geographic location. I have discussed this request with
David Topping (Choralist manager), and I'm hoping that the list will be
an available resource for all. This list might be particularly useful
for those who assemble concert tours. If you go to the trouble of
touring with an ensemble, it is certainly more enjoyable and rewarding
to perform in a great acoustic rather than a dead, dry hall.

In your touring and concert-going experiences, I'm sure that you all
have come across spaces that are particularly excellent for choirs. Not
just "pretty good" - I'd like to list just the very best spaces in each
region. I realize that this is a rather subjective analysis, and of
course, such spaces may be better for different ensembles or different

If you can take a few moments, please submit to me (privately):

Name (and Address, if possible) of Venue
City and State of Venue

I will compile and post the results.


First Presbyterian Church
1705 17th St., Bakersfield

First Christian Church
"S" Street, Bakersfield

"Little" Bridges auditorium
on the campus of Pomona College

Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena

Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Pasadena

St. Andrews Presbyterian, Newport Beach

Herrick Chapel, Occidental College
Los Angeles

All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena

St. Luke's Episcopal, Monrovia

Memorial Church, Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA

St. Paul's Cathedral (Episcopal)
2728 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

Founders' Chapel
University of San Diego (a Roman Catholic Univ.)
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Church of the Annunciation (Catholic), Denver

St. Dominic, Denver

St. Elizabeth’s Church
Auraria Campus, Denver

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Pueblo

Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E. Hampden Ave.
Englewood, CO 80110

St. John's (in the Wilderness) Episcopal Cathedral
1313 Clarkson St.
Denver, CO 80218

Air Force Chapel
Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs

Spivey Hall, Clayton State College
Morrow, GA

Concert Hall, University of Georgia
Athens, GA

Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
Boise State University, Boise

Foellinger Great Hal, Krannert Center
University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign

SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral,
1347 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis

St. Joan of Arc
4217 N. Central Street, Indianapolis

Wartburg College Chapel

Center for Faith, Life and Hope
Luther College

Bales Recital Hall
Lawrence, KS

St. Joseph's Abbey, Covington

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
California, MD 20619
build in 1676

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music
290 Huntington Ave., Boston

Ozawa Hall
Tanglewood Music Center

Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
Michigan Tech, in the Upper Peninsula

The National Shrine of the Little Flower
Woodward Avenue at Twelve Mile Road
2123 Roseland Avenue (mailing address)
Royal Oak, Michigan 48073
(248) 541-4122, ext 40 (music office)

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Detroit.

U.C.C. Sanctuary, Olivet

Recital Hall, Upton Conservatory of Music
Olivet College, Olivet, Michigan

Orchestra Hall
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Benson Great Hall
on the campus of Bethel College
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112

Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
415 W. 15th St.
Kansas City, MO

New Hampshire
Claremont Opera House, Claremont
LaSallette Shrine, Shaker Village, Enfield

Princeton University Chapel
Princeton, NJ

New Concert Hall in the music building
Trenton State College
Trenton, NJ

Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association
Ocean Grove, NJ.

Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe

Santa Fe Cathedral, Santa Fe

Christ Church, Bronxville, NY

St. Ignatius Loyola, NYC

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, State and Second,
Troy, (near Albany) 518/273-0038.

Cathedral of All Saints (Episcopal),
South Swan at Washington, Albany.

Cathedral of Immaculate Conception (Catholic),
Madison Ave at Eagle,
Albany - cavernous, 5 second reverb.

Hitchcock Presbyterian Church
6 Greenacres Avenue
Scarsdale, NY

Crouse College, Syracuse University

Ford Hall Auditorium, Ithaca College

Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University

Duke Chapel, Duke University
Durham, NC

St. Thomas Church
Bath, NC

Organ Recital Hall
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Greensboro, NC

St. Phillip Neri RC Church

Holy Trinity Church
Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA

St. Stephen's Pro-cathedral
35 S. Franklin St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora Street
Dallas, Tx 75201

Church of the Holy Cross

Chandler Music Hall, Randolph
Bethany United Church of Christ, Randolph
Santa Montica's Catholic Church, Barre
Unitarian Church, Montpelier
Stowe Congregational Church, Stowe
Congregational Church, Warren
St. Paul's Cathedral, Burlington

Shenandoah University Chapel
1460 University Drive
Winchester VA, 22601

St. Mark's (Episcopal) Cathedral, Seattle

St. James (RC) Cathedral, Seattle

Lagerquist Concert Hall, Pacific Lutheran U.

Holy Rosary RC Church, Tacoma

Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma

St. Peter Claver Church
1444 South 11th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081.

Lawrence University chapel, Appleton

Recital hall at Ripon College, Ripon


Francis Windspear Centre
Edmonton, Alberta.
A large hall in the city centre that is absolutely fabulous. Incredible
choir/audience loft.

The chapel at Fortress Louisbourg, Louisbourg, Cape Breton

Grace Church-on-the-Hill
Lonsdale Road
Toronto, Ontario

St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
St. Patrick St.
Toronto, Ontario

The Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts,
Yonge St.
Toronto, Ontario

Recital Hall
Ford Centre for the Performing Arts
North York (Toronto), Ontario

on February 24, 2003 10:00pm
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fort Dodge, Iowa
on June 27, 2003 10:00pm
The Chorus of Westerly Performance Hall
119 High Street
Westerly, RI 02891

An acoustic gem with seating for 440.