- The core of the music area is represented by two
rehearsal rooms. The two rooms are shared by all of the
bands, choirs, and orchestra as well as Music Theory and
other co-curricular groups. You may notice all of the
Wenger sound panels on the walls and ceiling. Believe it
or not, our room came without these. It took some
convincing to get them added after the fact (and
after a painful marching season in this room - boy
was it loud!).
- The floors in both rooms are flat, with no carpet. We
requested this for various reasons, mostly accoustical
reasons. We are happy with the versatility of the spaces
as well as the over-all volume of the room. This would
not have been the case if the floor had built in teirs.
Also, carpeting tends to absorb much of the higher
frequencies, leaving the room boomy - and still loud.
Tile was the end product (we asked for wood - oh well,
you can't have everything).
- Below is a short Quicktime movie of a camera panning
across the room. Click the pic to see it.
Here's a shot of the 2nd rehearsal room...
- The layout (shown on the previous page)
is very close to what we hoped for. Actually, we really
wanted a third rehearsal room, but that was one of those
items that didn't clear the chopping block. We appreciate
having the students' instrument storage at the back of
the area. This helps with securing instruments and makes
better use of traffic patterns. Students have special
lockers to place bookbags before entering the rehearsal
- The proscenium is 48 feet wide and 22 feet high.
- The stage is 80 feet wide.
- The fly loft extends up to a walkable grid at 53 feet and
proceeds to the roof which is 63 feet above the stage
- Strategicly placed baffles throughout the ceiling of the
house send sound to all seating areas. This, coupled with
the volume, dimensions and mix of materials, combine to
provide an acousticly sound performance venue.
- There are 32 rigging lines, and 5 electric lines.
- 3 hydraulic rigging lines carry 3 rows of Wenger sound
panels. The panels, or "clouds", can be lowered
or raised well out of the way when not in use.
- A portable Wenger system of shells rolls in or out of
storage to provide a wall surrounding the back and sides
of the stage.
- A Scene Shop is adjacent to the stage. Sets are built in
this area to keep the stage free during productions.
- Men's and Women's Dressing Rooms and a Makeup Room are
used extensively by the Drama department.
- The pit is covered with a Wenger Corp. series of
removable panels and supports. During productions where
the pit is required, the panels are removed to reveal a
deep pit that holds as many as 25-30 orchestra members.
Otherwise, the cover stays in place to effectively extend
the stage in front of the proscenium.
- The house seats 719 on the ground floor. The balcony
seats 301. Sight-lines from almost any location in the
house are quite good. The layout serves to provide a
rather intimate feeling.
- The entryway to the Performing Arts Center is large
enough to hold small receptions, however, many
after-concert receptions are held in the commons
(cafeteria). Its location - conveniently adjacent to the
foyer - accomodates much larger crowds.
- The Music Library serves many practical uses. It houses
thousands of pieces of sheet music for all the large
ensembles, solo and ensemble literature, books and texts,
method books, and recordings. A copy machine facilitates
small copy tasks. Sorting areas make music distribution
and collection much easier and more organized.
- Music Library
All band, jazz band, orchestra, and marching band
selections are boxed and catalogued electronicly for
acurate reference and easy searching.
- Sound Modules
We actually gave up some practice rooms when it came
down to the final planning of the music area in exchange
for adequate storage (and we're glad we did). The Wenger
sound modules are ideal for practice. From individual
work to ensembles of up 10 students, these are used
- Storage System
We were very pleased that our storage area for school
and student instruments was constructed of the correct
materials. After many trips to new schools where
inadequate shelving was used, we were determined to get
something that would stand up to the everyday abuse. So
far, so good ...
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