Pamela Clements came to acoustics after completing an architecture degree in Australia, followed by a Masters of Music (Musicology) in the US. Her thesis research uncovered significant evidence of renovations at the Grosser Musikvereinssaal in Vienna and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam – concert halls still regarded as supreme models of acoustic excellence for acoustic design today. Pamela correlated the acoustic changes resulting from these renovations with changes in orchestral performance practice and symphonic repertoire, and demonstrated that music performance itself is an essential component of perceived acoustic excellence.

Pamela continues her research and writing in the interrelationships between music, acoustics and architecture, and how these apply in acoustic design for music buildings. She is recognized world-wide for this work, and has published and presented her findings widely at international forums.


Co-editor of a special edition of the journal Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain, on music, acoustics, architecture and perception, was published in September 2015, in honour of Leo Beranek’s remarkable life in acoustics, his groundbreaking contributions to acoustics science and to celebrate his centenary year.

Orchestral Performance Practice and the Perception of Acoustic Quality. Paper/presentation on approaches to using listening and perception to augment the application of science in the design of concert halls. International Symposium on Room Acoustics, Toronto, Canada, 9 June 2013.

How Acousticians Listen. Convenor and chair of panel discussing approaches to diagnostic listening and design of performing arts spaces. With Leo Beranek, Christopher Jaffe, Tateo Nakajima, Eckhard Kahle, and Larry Kirkegaard. International Symposium on Room Acoustics, Melbourne, 31 Aug. 2010.

Presentation on Designing and Tuning Hearing Aids for high quality listening for music and natural sounds as well as speech intelligibility. Hearing Loss Association of America, Oklahoma, June 2007.

Presentation on Acoustic Design of the Tennessee Theatre. League of Historic American Theatres, Kansas City, MO, July 2005.

The Acoustic Design of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and Resolution of the Hall’s Early Acoustical Difficulties. Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics, vol. 24, Pt 4, 2002.

Reflections on an Ideal: Tradition and Change at the Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna. Feature article, Acoustics Bulletin, Journal of the British Institute of Acoustics, November/December 1999.

Excellent acoustics and a low RT (reverberation time)? A case study of the recent renovation of the J.F.Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington DC. Joint paper with Russell Cooper, Christopher Jaffe and Paul Scarbrough. Forum Acusticum 99, joint meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the 2nd Convention of the European Acoustics Association, Berlin, Germany, March 1999.

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The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The walls of the Concertgebouw show variety and subtlety of surface articulation as well as significant flat areas. This flat:diffuse balance in surface texture is an important contributor to the acoustical excellence of this great concert hall.