There’s nothing so moving as settling back into the plush seats of an elegant concert hall, closing your eyes, and drinking in “the rhythmic strains of the haunting refrain, the rippling rhythm of the woodwinds as it rolls around and around,” as Elmer Fudd so eloquently put it.
Any real musician who’s willing to be honest should admit that even the best music can be stunted by the less-than-stellar acoustics of a poorly designed stage. On the other hand, even mediocre musicians can be made to sound marvelous in the right setting. Is it any wonder, therefore, that the best musicians plant their music stands at colleges that offer the most perfectly designed music halls? Schools like Juilliard, Johns Hopkins’ Peabody Institute, Yale’s Music School, and the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music are spot-on examples of music programs that offer their students the very best acoustic chambers to make perfect technique sound truly prodigious.
No musical prodigy would judge a score of music by the appearance of the cover. On the other hand, the appearance of a music building is a great indicator of the quality of a school’s music program as a whole. Music is an art, and it’s only right that the auditory experience should be as enjoyable to the eyes as it is to the ears. Without further ado, here are fifty of the most splendid music buildings the United States has to offer.