Located within the heart of the Village of La Jolla, CA, the new Performing Arts Center for La Jolla Music Society is designed as a world-class destination, supporting the continued growth of the Society’s high-level music and dance performance offerings and expanding opportunities for educational programing. The facility will contain a 500-seat concert hall, a 150-seat flexible cabaret/rehearsal hall/educational forum, a modest rehearsal room, a Donor Room, and administrative offices organized around an outdoor courtyard lobby.

Growing out of a planning process and a series of onsite workshops, the facility is organized as an intimate composition of smaller structures around a clearly defined central and semi-public courtyard, maintaining the traditional building scale of The Village. The presentation of the Performing Arts Center on the streets of La Jolla is appropriately and proudly civic, distinct from its more commercially-oriented neighbors.


Design Renderings

You were all masterful in working with the different sensitivities of staff and Board members and most especially with our major donors . . . what stands out most to me is the way you were somehow able to listen to so many disparate ideas and then include (as incredible as it seems to me) all of them in your [resulting design]. It reminds me of that culinary television program where the featured guest is given four ingredients by the audience and must then find a way to make magic out of peanut butter, sirloin steak, pineapple and avocado . . . and you all certainly did.
— Christopher Beach, President and Artistic Director, La Jolla Music Society

Interview with EJA


Construction Process


Project Data

STATUS: In construction, anticipated April 2019

SIZE: 49,000 sf

COST: $42 million

Project Credits

OWNER: La Jolla Music Society, La Jolla, CA

CONTRACTOR: DPR Construction

ARCHITECT: Epstein Joslin Architects

ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT: Joseph Wong Design Associates

ACOUSTICIAN: Nagata Acoustics

THEATER: Theatre Consultants Collaborative

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Burton Landscape Architecture Studio


MEP: Syska Hennessy Group

IMAGE COPYRIGHT: Dennis Allain, EJA, DPR Construction