Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory

Completed in fall 2004, the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory represents a dream come true for Westminster students, faculty, and staff, as well as a gift to the community. Every inch of the 35,000 square-foot facility has been meticulously designed and crafted to achieve acoustical excellence, visual excitement, and comfort.

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Highlights of the new Conservatory

Jane McCarthy Grand Staircase and Gallery
By day, natural light floods the welcoming reception, entry, and grand staircase areas of the Vieve Gore Concert Hall. By night, the space takes on a dazzling personality. Accented with natural European ash paneling, glass, and steel, the flexible space accommodates large celebrations and provides a comfortable venue for mingling before and after performances.

Norman and Barbara Tanner Atrium
This open space is ideal for small musical performances, student, and other art exhibitions as well as dinners, receptions, and pre- and post-performance events. Near the entryway, it is filled with natural light.

Vieve Gore Concert Hall
At the heart of the facility, the 285-seat Vieve Gore Concert Hall serves as an intimate environment, ideal for performing and listening to musical performances. Strategically sloped and formed walls and ceilings assure clear, articulate sounds throughout the hall. In addition to serving as a performance space, the Concert Hall boasts state-of-the-art connectivity with the Conservatory's in-house Recording Studio. A large movie screen and Internet access make the Concert Hall a perfect venue for conference sessions that require multimedia capabilities. Aesthetically, the hall has a modern, elegant feel with walls covered in European ash and accented with fine bosse wood.

Dumke Student Theatre
Versatility is key in this 150-seat, black-box theatre. Stage and seating may be arranged in any configuration. A unique, open-wire tension grid installed 16 feet above the floor holds lighting and speakers, allowing set designers to safely walk on the grid and move equipment to achieve their desired visual effects.

Patrick C. Kibbie and Jennifer Kibbie Hiatt Rehearsal Hall and Recording Studio
With superb, flexible acoustics, wiring, and ample space, the studio functions as a center for creative interaction between musicians and the technologies that allow them to record their music. This space includes isolation booths for use during recording sessions. It is also an ideal rehearsal space for the Westminster Singers, the Griffin Choir, and the Westminster Women's Choir, as well as the Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.

Seven acoustically sound practice rooms offer the peace and quiet musicians and soloists, as well as students and instructors, need to make music free from distraction.

Large and Small Practice Rooms
This multi-dimensional classroom space serves as a professional-level lab for interactive classes, group lessons, and individual instruction in which students and their instructors may compose, mix, and refine their musical compositions and performances.


The Edward and Jean Juhan Lobby
Just outside the concert hall, this lobby provides a comfortable area for receptions, mingling, or relaxing. A portrait of Jay W. Lees, a colorful figure in Westminster's Theatre history, adds great character to this inviting space.

The Walker and Susan Wallace Plaza
A beautifully landscaped garden and terrace grace the northeast entrance of the Conservatory. Blooms of purple and yellow, Westminster's colors, as well as other plantings, greet guests in the spring and summer months.

From the warm resonance of a string quartet in the 285-seat Vieve Gore Concert Hall to an intimate reading or a riveting play in the Dumke Student Theatre, the arts are thriving at Westminster College's Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory. The Conservatory is named for Emma Eccles Jones whose legacy as an educator and patron of early childhood education, medicine, and the arts lives on through the Emma Eccles Jones Foundation.

To inquire about using the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory for group functions or performances, please call 801-832-2522 or 801-832-2900.

Fun Facts

  • A complement to the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory triples the volume of performance space available on the Westminster campus.
  • Ceilings and walls are padded with three extra layers of sheetrock, rather than the usual one layer, to enhance the solid acoustics of the Concert Hall. The building's roof and walls are also sound insulated with fabric and concrete.
  • The Conservatory exceeds the International Energy Code by 16 percent. Some "green" features include glazing on west-facing windows, with most of the glass exposure angled to the north and east, resulting in abundant natural light from the ceiling to ground level.
  • The Vieve Gore Concert Hall has no 90-degree angles so that the sound is never trapped or hits any "dead" spots, but flows throughout the hall. Hidden curtains may be adjusted to affect sound density.
  • The European ash paneling in the Atrium and Vieve Gore Concert Hall all comes from a single log, as does the rich bosse wood trim in the Concert Hall.
  • Air movement throughout the building is silent, thanks to oversized, double-lined air ducts, and underground return air paths.
  • Construction of the new building allowed Westminster to expand the existing Jay W. Lees Courage Theatre, increasing the depth of the stage. For the first time, Westminster has costume storage space adjacent to the performance facilities, and a secure library for its extensive collection of sheet music.