Whaley Auditorium Is a state of the art, 784 seat auditorium located on the Bishop Ireton High School campus. The facility can be configured for both orchestrated and theatrical performances. The facility is designed acoustically to reflect sound to the rear. This is accomplished with the aid of acoustic sound panels on the wall, and the ceiling. The rear of the auditorium is designed to capture sound and reduce any bounce back. The seats are cushioned which also are designed to help absorb sound.
For orchestrated performances, the auditorium is configured with our Wenger Band Shell. The shell is complete on three sides, and the ceiling. The ceiling is lit with 17 ETC Source Four Par lights. In addition to hosting Bishop Ireton’s world renowned Symphonic Wind Ensemble and award winning Concert Band, this facility has hosted concerts by Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine orchestra’s. Additionally, numerous community and youth orchestras have performed.
Most notably, Bishop Ireton recently won the 2009 Txt-to-Win competition hosted by Verizon and received a private Taylor Swift performance in the auditorium for the Bishop Ireton students.
When the orchestra shell is stowed, the facility turns into one of the most state of the art theatrical performance spaces in Northern Virginia and is home to Bishop Ireton’s award winning theater and choral groups. This facility is complete with a 16 batten fly system, and over 22,000 pounds of counter weight. A 240 dimmer lighting system with over 200 lighting instruments by both ETC and Altman provides professional lighting capabilites. Dimmers are set up in a one-to-one configuration of circuits to dimmers. All are controlled by an ETC InSight 3 light board. The sound system features a Mackie TT-24 digital sound board complete with over 20 wired and wireless microphones. The facility is equipped with a hearing impaired system, and is handicapped accessible.
Link to Auditorium Seating Chart
Link to Auditorium Facilities Usage Rules
Link to Online Exclusive Interview
Link to First Floor Layout