Acoustics for Performance

School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA)
The international award-winning SOTA building (WOHA architects, opened 2011). Pamela’s role as senior acoustics consultant was to resolve the acoustic design of the concert hall, theatres, dance and music rehearsal spaces. As the building was already under construction, this required some complex interdisciplinary solutions.

Acoustics for Performance

Pamela’s background in music and the arts inspires her approach to acoustic design. She knows what it takes to create superb musical and theatrical events. The acoustics of the stage area must support hearing, balance and tonal quality for performers, so they can excel. The stage-hall design must project and maintain that sound quality, so that audiences can be utterly immersed in exceptional, thrilling performances.

Clients and Team

Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Israel 
Study of options for reshaping Mann Auditorium to improve the acoustics for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Clients and Team

The best acoustic outcomes are achieved when the acoustician works with the clients and core team from the earliest envisioning of the project. At that time all options for the facility, including their acoustic implications, are explored. Then, when the project moves into schematic design, the necessary volumes, forms and spatial relationships that determine acoustic quality can be successfully integrated into the design.

Projects + Experience

Pamela Clements founded CADA in 2009. She has worked in acoustics consulting for performing arts buildings for more than 18 years, primarily in the USA with Jaffe Holden Scarbrough Acoustics in Connecticut and Kirkegaard Associates in Chicago, and in 2007-09 with Arup Acoustics in Singapore and Melbourne. Pamela’s roles include working as project acoustician, client consultant and project manager, as well as acoustician within collaborative project design teams.

Pamela’s projects include: At JHS: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall Expansion; the Hobby Centre for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas, and Taegu Opera House, Korea. At KA: Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Israel (renovation scheme); the Logan Center for the Performing Arts, University of Chicago (project acoustician for feasibility/planning stage; opened 2012); and evaluating site options and early planning for expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia (Lenfest Hall, opened 2011).

At Arup: resolving design of the performance spaces at the School of the Arts, Singapore; design of an orchestra shell for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; and design for a temporary opera theatre for staging Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. Recent CADA projects include a study for the Melbourne Recital Centre, feasibility studies for a Multi-faith Cultural Centre in Melbourne and renovation of Albert Hall, Launceston.

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Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra 
The DSSO and the Duluth community raised the funds for a custom orchestra shell and wall reshaping in the DECC Auditorium. The result was remarkable acoustic improvement for a very limited budget. Photo: The community painted the old shell for the celebratory concert before renovation began. 

Architectural Integration

Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville TN 
Renovation of this historic movie palace included upgrading the stagehouse, pit and technical facilities for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and touring shows. As lead acoustician and project manager Pamela designed a custom heavy orchestra shell and developed acoustic materials that were integrated into the historic interior finishes. 

Architectural Integration

Pamela’s architecture training means she can work collaboratively with architects to develop acoustic solutions that are fully integrated into their design vision and approach. Acoustic design outcomes are most successful when integrated into the architecture – as in shaping the room to optimize sound quality, selecting materials for their acoustic properties, or designing noise control measures into the construction.

Solutions that work

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Study for the KSO, evaluating three very different halls for renovation to provide a suitable home for the orchestra.   

Solutions that work

Pamela is as committed to acoustic excellence for small projects as for large international venues. Her focus is always to achieve the best possible functional, aesthetic, and budget-aware outcomes. She seeks interdisciplinary solutions that solve multiple problems, and options that give the most valuable acoustic improvements. She loves working with performers to optimize their sound in new spaces, and with clients to realize their dreams.