The Music Center



The Music Center




Montgomery County, MD




190,000 GSF


The Arts

Partner Firm

Grimm + Parker Architects

This 2,000-seat Concert Hall and Educational Facility serves as the second home for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as a venue for local orchestras and popular artists. Several community arts organizations share the Educational Facility, including the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, Masterworks Chorus, and the Summer Performing Arts Institute. The Music Center celebrates its important cultural and civic role by its memorable building form and its strong connection to an extraordinary park-like setting. The interiors of wood and bronze grills combined with lighting create a warm and crisp aesthetic, part of the goal of making the Hall feel accessible and open to all.

Architecturally, the Strathmore room is on a par with the best new concert halls in the United States.

The Washington Post, Benjamin Forgey, “Strathmore’s Hidden Assets”

Awards + Recognition

2016 Montgomery County Planning Department Design Excellence Citation

2007 Prague Quadrennial Selected for Music Facilities Exhibition

2006 BSA Interior Architecture/Interior Design Award

2005 AIA Maryland Design Award Honor Award

2005 AIA Northern Virginia Institutional Excellence Award

2005 BSA Design Excellence Honor Award

The Washingtonian, "Sound and Glory," Stephen Wigler, Feb 1, 2005.

The Baltimore Sun, "Sound Design," Edward Gunts, Jan 30, 2005.

The Baltimore Sun, "Encore Performance," Edward Gunts, Jan 31, 2005.

The Wall Street Journal, "Will a Suburban Outpost Save the Symphony?," Barbara Jepson, Mar 9, 2005.

The New York Times, "The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Expands its Territory," Daniel Wakin, Feb 7, 2005.

Project Consultants

Structural Engineer | LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.

Mechanical / Electrical Engineer | TMP Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Civil Engineer | A. Morton Thomas + Associates

Landscape Architects | Lousie Schiller Associates

Interior Design | Lab [3.2] Architecture

Lighting Consultant | Fisher Marantz Stone

Theater Consultant | Theatre Projects Consultants, Inc.

Acoustical Engineer | Kirkegaard Associates

Photographer | Alan Karchmer, Jim Saah, Michael Stewart, Paul Gordon Emerson, Ron Solomon + Strathmore Website