Hill Hall began as a Carnegie Library, later becoming home to UNC Chapel Hill's music department with an auditorium addition in 1931. This renovation transformed a problematic auditorium into the handsome 455-seat James and Susan Moeser Recital Hall. The project keys were to restore the best aspects of the historic spaces by making graceful changes to improve their function and to modernize the room's technology with updated audiovisual systems. The auditorium was badly compromised with confusing acoustics, a strangely-shaped stage and outdated technology. An entirely new stage enclosure provides a comfortable acoustic environment, ideal for chamber music and voice and able to accommodate a full orchestra. Subtle changes to the recital hall seating, walls and windows create a quiet, well-isolated, vibrant, clear, and flexible acoustic for audience and musicians alike. A fully networked audio system for speech and music was architecturally integrated to provide clean amplified sound and clear sources for archival recording. A modern projection system was installed, and infrastructure was provided for multi-camera live streaming.
Audiovisual Systems Design
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Quinn Evans Architects, Architect, Washington DC
Theatre Consultants Collaborative, Theatre Consultants, Chapel Hill, NC
455-seat recital hall