5aAA10. A modest approach to enhancement of existing spaces for music performance.

Session: Friday Morning, December 6

Time: 10:30

Author: Ewart A. Wetherill
Location: Paoletti Assoc., 40 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133


The combination of new acoustical analysis and evaluation techniques made possible by digital electronics has led to a greater understanding of construction and remodeling for music performance. However, the increas-ing complexity of acoustical analysis and design---as seen in several well-publicized recent examples---supports the belief of some music administrators that acoustical consulting is both costly and often the cause of high remodeling costs. At the same time, the performing arts, which 30 years ago enjoyed wide public and private support, are now desperately short of funds, as demonstrated by the demise of several once-prominent orchestras and other performing groups. Studies indicate that many smaller orchestras perform in halls that are fairly good but that could be improved acoustically at modest cost. Combining this newly acquired understanding of acoustics with better communication between consultants and administrators in relatively modest projects could significantly enhance public appreciation and support of orchestras.

ASA 132nd meeting - Hawaii, December 1996