Royal Conservatory of Music ON, Canada

Magic box for music

The new TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning completes the 1991 campus Master Plan by the architects KPMB.

Part of this final phase included the creation of a downtown midscale destination Concert Hall for both education and commercial use.

The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, ON, Canada
Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada

Royal Conservatory of Music




Royal Conservatory of Music Conception

AMPC initiated the raising of Concert Hall by one floor to increase back stage areas and improve the get-in due to the tight narrow site.


AMPC interpreted Marianne McKenna’s vision for a veiled ceiling with the client requirement to conceal all technical equipment: above the timber ribboned veil the concert lighting, stage acoustic canopy, rigging positions, structural hangers, production lighting loudspeaker outlets are neatly hidden.

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We worked with Anne Minors on the room topography of Koerner Hall and the shaping of the room through balcony fronts. Anne helped us to provide maximum backstage area and an intimate experience for performers and audience.

Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada

Marianne McKenna

KPMB Architects

Royal Conservatory of Music Gestation

With Sound Space Design and KPMB, AMPC created functional modulation forms for lighting with rigging above.


AMPC also shaped the balcony front geometry on three levels in plan and section to maximise the seat count and intimacy of the concert hall.


With Sound Space Design, we placed people and reflecting surfaces in the space in acoustically advantageous relation to each other.

Royal Conservatory of Music Birth

Opening in 2009 to critical acclaim the client has a multi award winning hall with a high reputation acoustically technically and architecturally that musicians and audiences flock to.

Activities, shows & life of the project

The world’s great musicians have given unique experiences to capacity audiences. Because the hall is immediately responsive the standard of playing of the conservatory students has improved exponentially.

Intense programming has been made possible due to the inbuilt flexibility – several different uses can be made of it in one day.

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Koerner Hall proved to be a generous partner in the enjoyment of Tafelmusik’s Messiah, burnishing the sound with its kind acoustics, and helping provide a connection between the stage and audience.

Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada

John Terauds

Musical Toronto