Constructed in 1907, this historic venue has been an iconic presence at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill since its conception.

Hill Hall was originally a Carnegie Library, but the addition of an auditorium in 1931 as well as classrooms, rehearsal rooms, and faculty offices in 1963, converted this site into the home of UNC’s music department. Today, Hill Hall is home to UNC’s Music Department, and after a $15 million renovation, the venue has been renamed the James and Susan Moeser Auditorium.  
 
In celebration of the completion of this project, UNC hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on February 8th, 2017. The ceremony showcased the newly improved and fine-tuned acoustics of this grand hall with performances of Bach and Schubert by faculty and students alike. 
 

“Hill Hall’s renovation is transformative. [It is] an extraordinary performing arts facility that is befitting to a first-rate, world-class music program.”

    - Chancellor Carol L. Folt 

 
The modernization of Hill Hall, which turns 100 this year, included upgrades to the stage and auditorium to serve a variety of musical performance types; primarily including chamber music, choruses, jazz, and others. The performance platform was reconfigured to enhance acoustics, improve function, and accommodate a new organ, along with modernized backstage facilities.  
 
The audience seating was reconfigured to allow for universal accessibility. The renovation also included the introduction of air-conditioning into the historic wings of the building, a new audio-visual system, expanded theatrical lighting systems, and improved architectural lighting that incorporated the original historic chandeliers. The project also restored the original 1907 rotunda to serve as the main lobby for the auditorium.  
 
You can read UNC’s full article on the grand opening here
 
Quinn Evans Architects led the collaborative project team that included Kirkegaard Associates, (acoustics), Theater Consultants Collaborative (theater planning), McCracken & Lopez (MEP engineering), Calyx Engineers and Consultants (civil/site and structural engineering), Falcon Engineering (geotechnical engineering), Gary Steffy Lighting Design (lighting), Surface 678 (landscape architecture), and Atlas Engineering Inc. (envelope consultant). The QEA project team included Larry Barr, AIA, Principal in Charge, Leora Mirvish, AIA, LEED AP, Project Manager, Megan Tormey, AIA, LEED AP, Robert Fink, AIA, Erin Yanchuleff, AIA, and James Thompson, AIA.