Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Dual systems for music and voice

Engineering Harmonics designed performance sound systems for amplified concerts that integrate with the natural acoustics of the terraced Helzberg Hall and the proscenium Muriel Kauffman Theatre. EH also designed discreet voice-lift systems to help with speech intelligibility for the spoken words of the maestro and other presenters during otherwise purely acoustic performances. Any non-retractable elements are concealed in the halls’ finishes.


Home of the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the 285,000 square foot facility includes the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall and 1,800-seat Muriel McBrien Kauffman Theatre.


Performance sound, video and communications systems consulting, design, tender, contract administration and commissioning.


A key component of an ongoing downtown revitalization, the Kauffman has enhanced the city’s offerings of music, opera, theatre, and dance.

Kauffman Center Interior - Audio Engineering - Engineering Harmonics
Kauffman Center Alternate Interior - Audio Engineering - Engineering Harmonics
Kauffman Center Exterior Sunset - Audio Engineering - Engineering Harmonics



We retained Engineering Harmonics because we respect them and we respect the quality of their work—both the results they had obtained on their previous projects and the process they employed in achieving those results.

Bob Essert
Principal, Sound Space Vision


The newly installed system has made an incredible difference in terms of coverage, power and fidelity. It has been well received by both touring sound engineers and audience members alike. The quality of the equipment and install have been rock solid for us.

Doug McKendrick
Production Manager, Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall


Within an hour they knew where my knowledge stopped and where theirs had to start — and they were very, very gracious about it, even though they play on the world stage. They brought world-class knowledge and home-town service to the project.

Paul LaBarbera
Sound and Video Engineer, Bard College

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