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, 2023 to August 31, 2024.
Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) as well as Quebec Sales Tax (QST) will be charged in accordance to the law.


Clara Hall - Weekday (3 hours) $575.00
Overtime (hourly rate; over 3 hrs) $125.00
Clara Hall - Weekend (3 hours) $1,125.00
Overtime (hourly rate; over 3 hrs) $200.00
Reception Fee $300.00
Rates do not include the recording studios, chief recording technician or instruments. Rates include a stage manager.  
Weekdays- Maximum 3 hours $525.00
Weekends - Maximum 3 hours $965.00
STAFFING – (in accordance with item 7 “Operating Regulations”) AMOUNT

Special event staffing fee


Operations manager (hourly rate)


Stage manager


Second stage manager (hourly rate – minimum 6 hours)


Stage hand (hourly rate – minimum 4 hours)


Lead live sound technician (hourly rate – minimum 4 hours)


Live sound technician (hourly rate – minimum 4 hours)


Assistant Recording Tech (Recording Proj) $40.00
Webcast Facilitator $55.00
Webcast Technician $45.00

Event staffers (maximum of 4) – (the number of event staffers hired will be in accordance with security regulations for a maximum of 4 hours per event staffer)

Included in rental

Event staffer (s) (extra event staffer or overtime – hourly rate, above 4 hours, per event staffer


Coat room attendant (hourly rate – minimum 4 hours) (upon request and pending availability)


Box Office employee – hourly rate (upon request, in advance and pending availability)


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


Porter/Security (when buildings are closed) $700.00

Piano (Steinway)


  • Rental (including one tuning)


  • Rental (not including tuning)
  • Additional tuning


  • Touch-up


  • Piano technician on stand-by (for concerts)


  • Piano technician on stand-by for (rec. sessions)



  • Rental (including two tunings)


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


  • Moving (to and from – between different locations)

According to transport company

Wolff Organ (with authorization)  
Rental (including one tuning) $375.00
Rental (including one tuning) $250.00

Portative organ (pending approval/availability)


  • Rental (including one tuning)


  • Moving (to and from)

According to transport company

Percussion(with authorization)- NOT AVAILABLE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS


Bass Drum $55.00
Timpani (set of 4) $175.00
Timpani (unit price) $55.00
Marimba (five octave) $185.00
Small marimba $135.00
Vibraphone $105.00
Xylophone $75.00
Crotales $75.00 (per octave)
Glock $55.00
Chimes $125.00
Tom-tom $30.00
Conga and Bongo per instrument $40.00
Tam-tam $45.00
Moving (to and from) per student $140.00
Box Office Services (1 employee includedto work BO at concert)   $275.00
Publicity - posting of the event on the School's website Included in hall rental rate
Concert Audio Recording   $375.00
One-touch audio   $30.00
One-touch video   $70.00
Parking Passes - Weekdays   $24.00
Parking Passes - Evenings & Weekends   $14.00
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