About the Bailey Center
The Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center opened in October 2007, the product of a $9 million funding campaign comprised of both private and public contributions. The Center boasts an acoustically superb 624-seat performance hall, designed by John Abbott of Stevens & Wilkinson Stang & Newdow Inc., with acoustic design by David Kahn of Acoustic Dimensions Inc. The variable acoustics in the space allow it to be optimally configured for a variety of musical presentations. Phases II and III of construction, completed in 2009, added the permanent capability for superior live audio reproduction and digital multi-track recording. Future initiatives include plans introduce live video capability, allowing for a variety of multimedia applications.
Home to the Kennesaw State University School of Music, the Center hosts over 150 performances each year in addition to rehearsals, seminars, recording sessions, and master classes for KSU music students and faculty. The Bailey Center also presents the Premiere Series, the flagship concert series of the KSU School of Music. Inaugurated in 1994, the Premiere Series consistently showcases the finest performers of our time. The Premiere Series aims to support the academic mission of the University by allowing students access to world-class guest artists in a setting that includes both artistic and educational opportunities.
The facility also houses the 3,600-square-foot Eric and Gwendolyn Brooker Rehearsal Hall, acoustically isolated from the performance hall but integrated in the facility’s audio recording and communications infrastructure. On the north end of the building, the Anna Henriquez Atrium features a collection of sculpture from the University’s Ruth Zuckerman Collection. Adjacent to the Atrium is the Don Russell Clayton Gallery, funded by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and operated by the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books.
“The Bailey Center is a Jewel: first-class facilities, staff, and atmosphere, and absolutely mind-blowing acoustics. It is one of my favorite venues in the country.”
- James Ehnes, violinist
"The Bailey Performance Center is a distinguished addition to the musical and cultural fabric of North Georgia. Its warm, inviting aesthetic and superb acoustics provide a rich and rewarding experience for performers and audiences alike. Singing there is a joy for our chorus, and we look forward to returning many times!"
- Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
“The Bailey Center is simply a gorgeous instrument – as any musician relishes the unlimited scope of a special instrument, so any performing ensemble will celebrate the warm and vibrant acoustic and atmosphere this exciting new hall affords.”
- Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
“In my days as a singer, I have sung in some mighty wonderful rooms around this world. In October 2007, I had the PLEASURE of singing on the stage of the Bailey Performance Center and I was SO impressed I have added it to my list of favorites! The natural acoustic is warm and flattering.”
- Sylvia McNair, soprano