LDS Conference Center

Salt Lake City, UT

The LDS Conference Center is the principal meeting hall for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  It replaced the traditional use of the Salt Lake Tabernacle for the semi-annual LDS Church general conferences, major church gatherings, and other events.  With over 1.4 million square feet of space, and a seating capacity of over 21,000, it is believed to be the largest theatre style auditorium ever built.

The LDS Conference Center is home to the 360 voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir that is seated on a Rostrum in front of  a 7,667-pipe and 130-rank Schoenstein pipe organ.   The venue incorporates massive amounts of acoustical treatment that minimizes reverberation time and level, providing exceptional clarity for the spoken word.  The LARES system is the largest electronic architecture system built to date.  It incorporates independent acoustical engines for the choir, orchestra and organ, as well as independent engines for the main floor, mezzanine and balcony.  Each engine provides independent contol of direct, reflected, and reverberant energy, creating unified listening conditions throughout the volume.

Venue Data: 

Acoustical Consulting Firm: Jaffe, Holden Scarbrough
Acoustical Consultant:  Chris Jaffe, Paul Scarbrough, David Robb
Contractor: Signal Perfection Ltd.

Image Credit: 

By MoTabChoir01 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons