Part of the School of Music Complex, the Judy and Bill Watson
Chamber Music Hall began construction in December 2001. The Watson
Chamber Music Hall was dedicated on Saturday, October 25, 2003. The
dedication program included the premiere performance of William
Bolcom's Eleventh String Quartet by the Mendelssohn Quartet.
This new work was commissioned by the University of North Carolina
School of the Arts to honor the opening of the hall.
Watson Chamber Music Hall has 292 seats and can accomodate up to
eight wheelchairs. Designed by renowned acoustician Rein Pirn, the hall
serves as the principle performance venue for the School of Music
faculty and guest artist concert series. The hall also provides a venue
for graduating college senior recitals and second year graduate
The hall has four dressing rooms and a warm up room located off
stage right. It is also equipped with an upstage crossover and access
to the lobby from both sides of the stage. The hall is designed with
acoustic curtains that can be manipulated to change the acoustic
properties of the hall. A special "high volume, low velocity" HVAC
system was designed to minimize the ambient noise level of the hall.