Photo of the Schwartz Center exterior

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts exterior. Photo by Mark Teague.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Since the Schwartz Center opened, the arts have assumed a more visible, central place on Emory's campus. Because the arts are among the most exalted and enduring cultural achievements of civilization, Emory is proud to provide a place where cultivation of the arts through teaching, learning, encouragement, and stewardship can thrive.

Completed in early 2003, thanks to the generous support of Donna and Marvin Schwartz, the centerpiece of the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is the 825-seat Cherry Logan Emerson Concert Hall featuring a custom-built Daniel Jaeckel Opus 45 pipe organ with 54 stops and 3,605 pipes in a cherry-wood case.

Lead architect Michael Dennis designed the Schwartz Center in a style reflecting the original Henry Hornbostel architecture at Emory and complementing the Druid Hills environs. Michael Dennis and Associates of Boston led the architectural team in association with Howard-Montgomery-Steger of New Orleans and Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart of Atlanta. Theatrical design services were provided by Theatre Projects of Westport, Connecticut and construction was provided by Atlanta-based contractor Holder Construction. Acoustical elements throughout the facility were designed by the renowned Kirkegaard and Associates.

The Schwartz Center gratefully acknowledges the generous ongoing support of Donna and Marvin Schwartz.

View the press release regarding the completion of the Schwartz Center.

Virtual tour is made possible by Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.

Schwartz Center Staff

  • Rachael Brightwell, Managing Director
  • Terry Adams, Box Office Coordinator
  • Lisa Baron, Communications Specialist
  • Carrie Christie, Program Coordinator
  • Kathryn Colegrove, Associate Director for Programming and Outreach
  • Lewis Fuller, Associate Director for Production and Operations
  • Jennifer Kimball, Assistant Stage Manager
  • Jeff Lenhard, Operations Assistant
  • Alan Strange, Box Office Manager
  • Nicholas P. Surbey, Senior Graphic Designer
  • Alexandria Sweatt, Marketing Assistant
  • Mark Teague, Stage Manager
  • Nina Vestal, House Manager
  • Matt Williamson, Multimedia Specialist

The Flora Glenn Candler Concerts Committee

The 2022–2023 Candler Concerts Committee will be announced soon.