McAfee Concert Hall, Belmont University

Akustiks oversaw the acoustical design of the adaptive reuse of Belmont Heights Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee resulting in an 857-seat concert hall to support Belmont University’s School of Music program. A key aspect of the transformation was to couple the building’s attic to the audience chamber through a new sound transparent ceiling, and along with increasing the floor rake, the acoustical volume was increased roughly 1.5 times the original sanctuary yielding an ideal reverberation time for orchestral music.

Project Location: Nashville, TN

Client Name: Belmont University

Project Name: McAfee Concert Hall

Architect: ESa

Theatre Consultant: Theatre Consultants Collaborative

Project Year: 2012

Project Size: 26,500 sq ft

Project Cost: US $11,000,000


  • Winner: Citation of Excellence Award, Learning By Design (Spring 2013)



Photos © by Kyle Dreier


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