University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Watson Chamber Music Hall


The Judy and Bill Watson Chamber Music Hall was designed by renowned acoustician Rein Pirn and architects Calloway Johnson Moore West. The 292-seat hall was designed specifically for chamber music.

The shape of the Hall echoes the curves of a violin and was designed with acoustic curtains that can be manipulated to change its acoustic properties. A special “high volume, low velocity” HVAC system was designed to minimize ambient noise.

The new complex serves as both performance and teaching venue, and includes two new large rehearsal rooms, a lobby, box office, green room, dressing rooms, administrative offices and faculty teaching studios.

  • Client: University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Architect: CJMW – Calloway Johnson Moore West
  • Completion Year: 2003
  • Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Acoustician: Rein Pirn
  • Capacity: 292 seats

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