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SAN FRANCISCO, NEW YORK, MINNEAPOLIS –S. Leonard Auerbach of Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, Performing Arts/Media Facilities Planning and Design, is on the faculty for the 2010 Concert Hall Research Group Summer Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This year's Institute “will consist of a great blend of technical sessions, including venues for chamber music and opera houses, and spectacular performances from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the world renowned Santa Fe Opera, with a technical tour or two thrown into the mix of performing arts spaces” as outlined on the organization's website.

Len Auerbach, Tim Hartung of Ennead (formerly Polshek Partnership Architects) and Tom Clark of Artec (the Opera's former sound designer) will be making a presentation on the design of the 1998 Santa Fe Opera renovation. Auerbach Pollock Friedlander's work on the renovation included expansion of audience facilities to a capacity of 2,500 seats in a new audience venue and production infrastructure for lighting and rigging in a new overstage and audience roof structure. The firm was recognized by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) for its role as the theatre consultant for the renovation which won numerous awards.

Other faculty members include: Paul Horpedahl of the Santa Fe Opera (Production Director), Damian Doria of Artec, Robert Essert of Sound Space Design, David Kahn of Acoustic Dimensions, Anne Minors of Anne Minors Performance Consultants, Victoria Newhouse - an Architectural Historian, Steven Ovitsy of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (Director), Scott Pfeiffer of Threshold, Neil Thomspon Shade of the Peabody Institute – John Hopkins, Richard Talaske of Talaske – Sound Thinking, Chris Jaffe of Acentec, Paul Scarbrough of Akustiks and Russ Altermatt of Altermatt Associates, Inc.

This year marks the fourth Concert Hall Research Group Summer Institute. It runs from Sunday, July 25 to Thursday, July 29, 2010. For more information on the Institute, please visit, for more information on Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, please visit

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