Anderson University dedicated the York Performance Hall and Galleries on Sun., Sept. 23, 2012. The state-of-the-art 24,000 square-foot facility, with a cost of $5.5 million, adjoins the existing music wing of the Krannert Fine Arts building, bringing together classrooms, rehearsal rooms, and the new performance venue. The performance hall is designed to be a flexible performance space for many ensembles, solo student performances, and visiting artists.
The York Performance Hall and Galleries features orchestra space for 45 musicians, a choir loft for 75 voices, and an advanced acoustical design. The main floor of the facility seats 250 while the balcony space seats approximately 75. The width of the facility is appropriate for ensembles, and the ceiling height is set to develop sound reflections and a pleasant level of reverberation. Because some performances benefit from a less reverberant environment, the space includes retractable banners and curtains made of wool and velour.
The heating and air conditioning systems have also been designed to achieve a near-silent acoustic environment.