Panoramic view of Clara Hall, Schulich School of Music of McGill University

Clara Lichtenstein Hall

Clara Lichtenstein Hall (C-209), located in McGill's Strathcona Music Building, is the Schulich School of Music’s smallest recital venue. It was extensively renovated in 2014.

The 50 seat hall has a projector, a sound system and pianos. It is used as a small performance space for undergraduate chamber ensembles and jazz combos, as well as for doctoral colloquia, scholarly lectures and receptions.


Clara Hall is located on the 2nd floor (main level when using the front entrance) of McGill University's Strathcona Music Building, in downtown Montreal. 


  • 555 Sherbrooke Street West (rue Sherbrooke Ouest), between University Street (rue University) and Aylmer Street (rue Aylmer).
  • There is a statue of Queen Victoria on the front steps of the building. 

By metro or bus

  • McGill metro (green line): Take the University St. (rue University) exit. Walk north, up the small hill, one block to Sherbrooke St. Cross Sherbrooke St. and turn right. 
  • Bus 24 (Sherbrooke) stops in front of Strathcona Music Building. 


We do not have on-site parking for the public. On-street metered parking is available in the downtown core. For information about on-site parking permits, visit the McGill Parking website, or call 514-398-4559.


For hall accessibility information, please visit our Accessibility in Our Halls and Facilities page.

Technical specs

Floor plan and seating

  • Even floor, with no raised stage
  • Stackable/movable chairs
  • 50 seat capacity

Box Office and ticketing

  • There is no Box Office or ticket sales service for Clara Hall.

Parking/Loading dock

  • On-street parking with meters is available. Contact our Production Office (514-398-8993) for loading dock parking information.

Catering and receptions

  • Contact our Production Office (514-398-8993) for information. To serve alcohol, a liquor permit must be obtained from the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux Québec (RAJC).

Hall pianos

  • The pianos in Clara Hall are tuned regularly.

Booking or renting the hall

Clara Hall is available for rental when not in use for educational purposes. We prioritize bookings in this order:

  1. Schulich School of Music students and faculty (educational purposes)
  2. Returning rental clients
  3. All other rental clients, please complete the PDF icon Event Booking Request Form for approval.

Additional services

  • Instrument rental
  • McGill website event listing

Contact us

Contact the Production Supervisor, johanne.froncioni [at] (Johanne Froncioni), at 514-398-8993 for more information or to inquire about availabilities.

Rental rates

The following rates are valid from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023.
Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) as well as Quebec Sales Tax (QST) will be charged in accordance to the law.



Basic rental (3 hours) – Monday to Friday


Basic rental (3 hours) – Saturday and Sunday


Overtime (hourly rate) – Monday to Friday


Overtime (hourly rate) – Saturday and Sunday


Reception - upon advance request and pending approval in Clara Hall for a maximum of 2 hours (post-event)


STAFFING – (in accordance with item 6 “Operating Regulations”) AMOUNT

Operations manager (hourly rate)


Stage manager (hourly rate)


Event staffer(s) (hourly rate, per event staffer)


Security/porter (hourly rate – minimum 4 hours) – subject to change



Piano (Yamaha)
*Please note: pianos in Clara Lichtenstein Hall are tuned regularly.

Included in hall rental

  • Additional tuning


  • Touch-up


  • Piano technician on stand-by for concert




  • Rental (including two tunings)


  • Moving (to and from – in the same building)


  • Moving (to and from – between different locations

According to transport company

Parking Amount

Parking pass - upon request (Monday to Friday)


Parking pass – upon request (weekend)


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