The Best 'Small Hall' In Boston
From the classrooms, practice rooms and rehearsal spaces to--most
significantly--the 300-seat recital hall, the Perry and Marty Granoff Music
Center was designed with exquisite attention to acoustical detail. The new
55,000-square-foot facility will allow Tufts students and faculty, along with
the wider community, to learn, teach, create, perform and enjoy music in a way
that has previously not been possible on campus.
The crown jewel of the $27 million building is the Distler Performance Hall,
an acoustically separate "box-within-a-box" that was designed by architects
Perkins + Will of Boston to be a showcase for live acoustic performances. The
hall is "acoustically sealed"--meaning sounds from without will not interfere
with performances, and sounds from within will not interrupt teaching or other
functions elsewhere in the building. Even the ventilation and lighting systems
have been designed to be silent--no humming, no buzzing, no blowing.
The Music Center will also house a growing world music collection on the
lower level, including the West African drums used by associate professor David
Locke's Kiniwe West African drum and dance ensemble and the Javanese gamelan, a
collection of percussion and other instruments native to Indonesia.
About 1,500 students participate in music classes each year. During the
2005-06 academic year, there were 2,000 course enrollments in the department.
Interest in musical performance also has been growing steadily. In 2000, the
music department staged between 60 and 65 events a year; last year, it staged
In addition to the performance hall, other features of the Granoff Music
- An airy, sky-lit atrium that can serve as a reception area
- A box office (a new feature for the music department)
- Three acoustically sealed classrooms, with 65, 35 and 25 seats, respectively
- 20 faculty offices
- A multimedia lab with computers
- Instrument storage areas, with special lockers for larger instruments
- Practice rooms, including rooms designed specifically for use by
percussion and other loud instruments
- Rehearsal rooms, seminar rooms and ensemble spaces
- New quarters for the Lilly Music Library, a branch of the Tisch library
that includes listening stations and high-density, compressible stacks.
- A two-story, acoustically separate rehearsal hall located beneath the
Distler Performance Hall that can also be used for recitals.
- A lower-level connection to Cohen auditorium.