The Bowld supports a full symphony orchestra in rehearsal and a full choir, chamber musicians or soloists in performance. With fixed seating for 190 and room for adding loose chairs, the room can accommodate an audience as large as 300. Subtle shaping at the lower side walls and curved reflectors overhead provide support for recitalists while preventing large ensembles from becoming uncomfortably loud. Wood grilles ring the upper volume, concealing a mix of absorbing, reflecting and diffusing surfaces, plus curtains pockets and adjustable acoustic curtains. A large sliding door allows audiences to flow in from the lobby before and after an event. New practice rooms, a Harkness classroom, and several graciously-sized teaching studios complement the existing building. New spaces for electronic music welcome students who want to record or to make music even if they don’t play an instrument.

Project Details
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
William Rawn Associates, Architect, Boston, MA
Martin Vinik Planning for the Arts, Theatre Consultants, Saugerties, NY
12,000 gsf
190-fixed/300-seat rehearsal/recital hall