Music center at indian hill
groton, massachusetts

Project Team

Architect
Epstein Joslin Architects

Theatre Consultant
Theatre Consultants

Acoustics Consultant
Threshold Acoustics
LKAcoustics Design

Indian Hill Music’s new home is rendered in laminated timber, tongue and groove fir, locally quarried quartzite, and is anchored by a 1,000-seat concert hall that opens to an additional 1,000 out on the lawn. The center also offers 300- and 75-seat recital halls, as well as a versatile orchestra rehearsal room, piano studios, rehearsal rooms for percussion, jazz, rock, and chamber ensembles, and a jazz room. The two largest halls have graceful, organic shapes developed through an exhaustive acoustic modelling process that facilitated evaluation of alternatives by ear – ceiling height, canopy size, side wall shaping, and variable absorption systems were all evaluated in this way, with the client's direct involvement in the listening. Audio and video systems provide for atmospheric projection directly onto the upstage wall, Live at the Met simulcast events in the Recital Hall, and infrastructure to allow live streaming of student recitals to distant (and no doubt appreciative) relatives who can't attend the events in person.