DePaul’s new facility includes a thorough renovation of the existing 1960 music building for use as administrative offices and teaching studios while the neo-colonial church, currently DePaul’s concert hall, becomes an opera house with orchestra pit and raked seating. A new 144,000 gsf music building connects the existing buildings, with a soaring atrium and 535-seat concert hall at its heart, along with a 150-seat recital hall, 80-seat lecture/recital hall, and 95-seat jazz performance/rehearsal room. The new building also includes large rehearsal rooms for orchestra, band, choir, and percussion, and numerous smaller rehearsal/practice spaces. Percussion studios, a recording suite, and a dozen classrooms round out this comprehensive facility.

Recent Architecture Daily article about the Holtschneider Performance Center

This transformative new music building finally gives DePaul's School of Music a facility that matches the quality of its faculty and students. The first phase is a new 144,000 gsf music building with a unique 505-seat concert hall at its heart. A soaring central atrium welcomes outsiders, gives students a place to study and acts as lobby to the concert hall, two recital halls, and a jazz rehearsal/performance hall. The building also includes large rehearsal rooms for orchestra, band, choir, and percussion, and numerous smaller rehearsal and practice spaces. Percussion studios, a recording suite, a dozen classrooms and underground parking round out this comprehensive facility. Future phases include the creation of a 160-seat opera house within the shell of the 1950 church that long served as DePaulu2019s concert hall and a thorough renovation of the 1960 music building that continues to house the teaching studios and administrative offices.
Project Details
Sound Isolation
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Audiovisual Systems Design
Antunovich Associates, Architect, Chicago, IL
Schuler Shook, Theatre Consultants, Chicago, IL
185,000 GSF including parking garage
505-seat Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall, 140-seat Murray and Michele Allen Recital Hall, 80-seat Brennan Family Recital Hall, 75-seat Mary A. Dempsey and Philip H. Corboy Jazz Hall
$98,000,000
Chicago
IL