As more faith communities incorporate modern music into their traditional
worship venues the acousitc qualities of the space can become problematic. Traditional music (organ and hym singing) wants a more lively space with some reverberation. On the other hand, modern music (amplified insturments) needs a softer quality, approaching acousically dead space. As churches transition from one format to another, it becomes very important for your architect to understand this difference and respond with a space which can best accomodate both worship formats. Unfortunaley when both worship formats occur in the same space, there will always be a compromise to each. An architect experienced in faith-based design is the best bet for finding the right balance for both. .