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South Mt. Performing Arts Center

South Mountain Community College
Phoenix, AZ 

Poet Maya Angelou and the string section of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra opened the facility to widespread acclaim. The full orchestra since returned (at their own request) because they so enjoy its acoustics. The 350-seat hall's variable acoustics beautifully accommodate performances of all sorts, from storytelling to dance, drama and multiple music styles. The hall offers a orchestra shell, full pit and supporting scene shop, costume shop, makeup lab, dressing rooms, and AV control suite. Its design was driven by a desire to evoke for the audience, a sense of being within a violin case, which led to unusually careful sidewall shaping to achieve a sense of acoustical envelopment. Included are a 100-seat variable acoustics studio theater which serves as a recording studio, an experimental theater and a music rehearsal space.

  • 350 seat Theater (variable acoustics)

  • 100 seat versatile Black Box (variable acoustics)

  • Dance Rehearsal, 2 Classrooms plus offices

  • 24,600 GSF

  • $7M Total Cost

Architect: Jones Studio Architects
Completion: 2003