Valencia Conservatory

Joaquín Rodrigo Higher Conservatory of Music boasts a great auditorium


Valencia has a rich musical tradition and there is certainly no shortage of orchestras and bands to be found across the Valencian territory. The Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo (Joaquín Rodrigo Higher Conservatory of Music) is one of the vast network of Conservatories that help promote and sustain the area's thriving musical community.The Conservatory has recently inaugurated its new facilities in Valencia, the showpiece of which is a stunning auditorium equipped with a D.A.S. sound reinforcement system.

These modern buildings are located just beside Valencia's Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences), and the more than 10,000 mª grounds have been given over to the Conservatories' 65 classrooms, 30 practice rooms and seven different departments. The Conservatory boasts two annexed buildings, one for teaching and another that houses the auditorium. Between the patio and amphitheatre this performance hall has seating for more than 470 spectators as well as a 240 mª stage, with an orchestra pit that can accommodate up to 70 musicians.

With all these details in mind the Conservatory administration wanted to equip the auditorium with a reliable sound reinforcement system, contracting Chemtrol División Teatro for the job. As on previous occasions with similar projects Head Engineer Fernando García and Engineer Juan Garcia from the Chemtrol División Teatro's Audiovisual Department - already familiar with the quality of D.A.S. Audio products - thought that the D.A.S. Variant self-powered line array systems would be a perfect fit. After the corresponding measurements and acoustic simulations the team decided to install eight Variant 112A and 2 Variant 19A subwoofers.

System distribution was carried out by rigging two flown line arrays of four Variant 112A units each on either side of the stage, suspended from the corresponding Variant 18A subwoofers. Given the patio's slope and the height of the amphitheatre the systems were suspended more than eight metres off the ground in order to obtain the best possible acoustic coverage possible.

The inauguration, with a guest list that included such prestigious names as Her Majesty Queen Sofia, gave Conservatory Director Eduardo Montesinos the chance to comment specifically on the auditorium's acoustics, proclaiming them the "crowning glory" of the recently inaugurated centre. Along with the Real Conservatorio Superior in Madrid, Valencia's newest pride and joy has the highest number of teachers and students in Spain, with more than 600 students and 150 teachers giving classes in 27 different specialties.

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