Acentech’s Studio A Completes Acoustical Design of The Boston Conservatory’s New Performance and Rehearsal Hall

Sophisticated acoustical solutions shield new building from nearby highway and rail noise

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – June 25, 2015 –  Acentech’s Studio A, a specialized acoustics, audiovisual systems design, and vibration consulting group for the performing arts,  celebrated the opening and first year of The Boston Conservatory’s new performance and rehearsal building in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. With the distinction as the country’s oldest performing arts conservatory, The Boston Conservatory offers graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 600 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists.

Designed by Handel Architects LLP and Utile, The Boston Conservatory’s new three-story, 20,000 SF building is home to a 3,200 SF orchestra rehearsal and performance hall with exceptional acoustics, 17 individual practice spaces, two dance studios, multipurpose rooms and teaching studios. Studio A worked closely with The Boston Conservatory and the architects to establish acoustical goals for sound isolation between the numerous rehearsal and practice spaces and provide sophisticated acoustical solutions for this challenging project.

“The new studio building is a quantum leap forward in improving the creative environment for our musicians, actors, and dancers. Its prominent location is already enhancing the visibility of our school,” said Richard Ortner, president of The Boston Conservatory. “Acentech’s excellent acoustical design has allowed us to benefit from our busy urban location while housing one of the finest orchestra rehearsal halls in Boston, right alongside percussion practice rooms, dance studios and classrooms.”

The project faced substantial acoustical challenges due to the new building’s proximity to the Massachusetts Turnpike, an active commuter rail line, several busy bus routes and the Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park. With soaring 24-foot tall ceilings and a floor area that comfortably fits more than 100 orchestra members, the rehearsal hall was designed so that noise from the exterior chaos is nearly inaudible, as well as being well isolated from adjacent spaces within the building. The room finishes, featuring a combination of sound diffusion and absorption treatments, provide just the right combination of reverberation and envelopment, on one hand, and clarity and articulation on the other, all properties desired by the musicians in a rehearsal environment.

Studio A also addressed acoustical issues for the placement of the dance studios over the main rehearsal space. Acentech worked closely with the contractor Shawmut Construction to ensure that the construction details were properly executed in order to meet the acoustical integrity of the building. 

About Acentech’s Studio A

Studio A is a specialized consulting group of Acentech, dedicated to providing world-class acoustical, audiovisual systems design, and vibration control for the performing arts. With more than 60 years of consulting heritage, Studio A’s integrated approach and multi-disciplinary capabilities enable it to create the best acoustical conditions possible in support of the art of the performance – beautiful sound, state-of-the-art audiovisual systems, and a quiet backdrop unencumbered by noise or vibration from building systems or external sources. For more information about Studio A, please visit

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