Criterion Acoustics President Dave Kotch was a featured speaker at the 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, held December 4-8, 2017 in New Orleans. Together with Damian Doria of Stages Consultants, Kotch presented the paper, “A 240-seat Recital Space for Amplified Performance.”

In the paper, delivered to an auditorium of colleagues, Kotch and Doria detailed the unique aspects of the following project. “A new 240-seat recital space completed in 2017 for a Canadian University with a bachelor music program teaching jazz, rock, pop, metal, blues, soul, country, electronica, and hip-hop. The architectural design brief required a room that could accommodate the diverse programming of student recitals and other music sessions in a modern and aesthetically satisfying interior design. The concept for the room was quickly adopted by the owner and design team, but included several room acoustics challenges. This paper will discuss the acoustical accommodation of activities in the recital space, along with integration of the house, sound system, and a chronicle of the design, value engineering, construction and final commissioning process.”


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