The Porter Center for Performing Arts
The Porter Center for Performing Arts is the symbol of Brevard College’s commitment to excellence in fine arts instruction and performance. The Center is named for the late Paul Porter, a Shelby, North Carolina, businessman and lifetime trustee of the College, who made the lead gift for the building. Mr. Porter and his wife, Margaret, have also taken steps to ensure continuing support for the operation of the Center in future years.
The Center contains several important performance venues. The Scott Concert Hall, the acoustical properties of which have been shaped by the internationally respected consultant Larry Kirkegaard of Chicago, contains 700 seats on the orchestra and balcony levels. The centerpiece of the hall is the Kirkpatrick-Coleman Organ designed and crafted by organ builder Dan Jaeckel, set above a stage that can accommodate an orchestra and chorus. The classically proportioned Francis Pavilion entrance also can host small chamber recitals in addition to receptions. The Morrison Playhouse, an experimental “black box” theatre, allows multiple configurations for performances and teaching. A large outdoor stage extends from the Richard Scott Community Commons at the eastern side of the building into an open-air amphitheatre. Offices, a rehearsal and pre-performance space and the Department of Theatre Studies are also housed in the building. Music concerts, College convocations and numerous special events take place throughout the year. In addition, the Brevard Music Center presents a variety of summer performances at the Porter Center.