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Neighborhood Music School

The Neighborhood Music School’s original Recital Hall, built in 1968, had become inadequate for the growing school’s needs for recitals and events. The planned 50% expansion in area provided an opportunity to make other needed improvements including acoustics, flexibility and appearance. The new space has a flexible “black box” type ceiling grid with theatrical style track lighting. A focus of the room is a 24 foot long operable glass wall which provides a natural backdrop to the performers and, in good weather, folds open to create a proscenium stage for outdoor concerts in the park behind the school. Classroom, studio and office revisions, library expansions, window/door replacements and fire protection, HVAC and electrical system upgrades were also included in the design.