Photo: 2014 Denise Retallack


University of Tennessee – Haslam Music Center

New 122,000-SF home for School of Music serves students, faculty as well as guest artists. A 400-seat recital hall serves as the facility’s centerpiece and accommodates student / faculty recitals and chamber music performances. Building also includes a full complement of rehearsal rooms, practice rooms, music labs, a recording mixing lab and the 7,000 SF WJ Julian Marching Band Rehearsal Room which accommodates 350 musicians.

With an emphasis to provide 21st Century facilities and offer state-of-the art instructional spaces, the building houses 8 technology-enhanced academic classrooms. Additional spaces include performance studios/offices, faculty offices, an administrative office suite and support spaces. The acoustics of the Recital Hall are adjustable to support a wide range of music genres including jazz, acoustic recitals, choral and instrumental chamber music, etc.

A limited building footprint presented a challenge of achieving adequate sound isolation between all of the acoustically critical performance, rehearsal and practice spaces. This required the use of box-in-box construction (multiple independent building structures) which assures high levels of sound isolation and enables spaces to be used simultaneously without disrupting each other.

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

Project Type
New Construction

$35 Million

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Associated Music Center Architects,  BarberMcMurry Architects, and Blankenship & Partners

LEED Status


All-Steinway Music Education School containing 21st century facilities that provide a world-class atmosphere and environment for artists.   UTKnoxville_2   UTKnoxville_3

“AD has been wonderful to work with. Everyone there is very knowledgeable, professional and willing to work with us to make our project the best it can be. Their attention to detail is amazing, and I appreciate the fact that they have high standards in regard to everything they do. Our new building would not be as good as it is without their expertise.”


Dr. Jeffrey Pappas
Director, University of Tennessee School of Music