The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center
Ray Charles performs with the Morehouse Jazz Ensemble in 2001.
The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center is further evidence of Morehouse College's commitment to enhancing the study of the arts in its world-class liberal arts education. Designed to serve the academic mission of the Department of Music, as well as meet the performance space requirements of the College campus, the Center is home to the Morehouse College Glee Club, Morehouse Jazz Band, Morehouse College Jazz Ensemble and "House of Funk" Marching Band.
The Center's architectural features capture the beauty of the traditional red brick bar accents and columns on the main campus, while adding the more modern, artistic elements of light colored stone accents, glass walls and cathedral ceilings.
The $20-million, 76,000-square-foot facility—located at the edge of the historic West End district at the corner of Joseph P. Lowery and West End Avenue—provides an attractive and welcoming gateway to the south entrance of the college campus.
Emma and Joe Adams Concert Hall
The Emma and Joe Adams Concert Hall is the primary performance space for the Morehouse College Glee Club, the Jazz Ensemble and other smaller performance groups, as well as student and faculty recitals, musical theatre productions and opera.
Upon entering the world-class concert hall, patrons will be impressed by the warm, rich colors, celestial lighting and elevated left and right parterre. Its incomparable acoustics will delight the ear of even the novice listener. The 550-fixed-seat capacity concert hall features a motorized orchestra pit that can be raised to provide additional seating.
With plans to present renowned musicians through superior classical and jazz music series and community ensembles, the center is equipped with a Steinway-D nine-foot grand piano. Its state-of-the-art digital/analog recording studio is designed to professionally record and master all sessions and performances throughout the facility.
As the centerpiece of The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center, the concert hall will earn Morehouse wide-spread recognition from artists, media, and audiences, both nationally and internationally.
Atrium/Pre-Event Reception Area
Beyond the atrium stairway is an intimate two-story alcove—a perfect space for informal receptions and pre- and post-concert gatherings. The space features a floor-to-ceiling glass wall and upper-level balcony with spectacular views.
Music Academic Building
The Morehouse College music program is nearly 100 years old, dating back to the founding of the world-renowned Morehouse College Glee Club in 1911. The program received accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music in 2006.
The Music Academic Building is designed to address the future instructional, rehearsal and performance space needs for several generations of Morehouse students. The building features 12 faculty studios, two electronic classrooms, nine practice rooms, dedicated storage areas for students' instruments, a library for sheet music and three academic labs—one of which is the David Geffen Keyboard Digital Music Laboratory
There are two rehearsal rooms (one each specifically designed for the Morehouse College "House of Funk" Marching Band and the Morehouse College Glee Club), which also will accommodate small performances.
Eugene Mitchell Performance Lawn
One of the most unique attributes of the Center is the Eugene Mitchell Performance Lawn - located outside at the rear of the Band Rehearsal Room. A wall in the band rehearsal room can be raised, transforming the space into a stage. The performance lawn, which will seat approximately 200 patrons in chairs and on blankets, begs for the occasional impromptu musical performances or casual gatherings of students between classes.