The E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall was originally built in 1930 to serve as a temple for the Congregation Shaare Emeth. Over the years this amazing hidden gem has served as home to Saint Louis Conservatory and School for the Arts, the St Louis Symphony Community Music School and now Washington University’s Department of Music. The Hall features two Steinway Concert Grand Pianos, historic art deco glass windows, and a 1,575 foot mosaic stage backdrop.
Known as the 560 Music Center, the building contains three performance spaces: the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall seating 1,115, the Ballroom/Theater seating up to 300, and the Recital Hall seating 75. The building also houses faculty studios, four ensemble rehearsal rooms, practice modules, and student lounge.