In 1923 Drury announced plans to build three new buildings—a library (later known as Harwood Library), a women’s dormitory, and a building built to house the Conservatory of Music. The Wallace’s provided $160,000 towards the construction of the dormitory and the music building, and the buildings were named Wallace Hall and Clara Thompson Hall. Drury’s 1926 Commencement was the first event held in the new music building. Clara Thompson Hall provided the Music Department at Drury with an auditorium seating 425, an adequate stage, sixteen allegedly sound-proof practice rooms, and more studios than there were teachers. It was said to be the first venue in Springfield suitable for concerts.
Eighty-nine years later in 2012, The University was in search of a high-quality sound reinforcement system capable of serving the needs of current day music performances, and high-quality speech reinforcement in its Clara Thompson Hall. The performance space was built long before modern, powered audio systems, and had serious acoustic challenges that had to be overcome.