Chuck Steinmetz brings world-class concert venue to Orlando

Steinmetz Hall, a world-class concert hall and performing arts theater, debuted in 2021 thanks to the philanthropic efforts of Chuck Steinmetz, U of Florida ’61, and his wife Margery. Billed as an “acoustically perfect” performance space, the hall is already becoming one of the top venues in the country for celebrated entertainers.

In 2023, Steinmetz Hall was named one of the 11 most beautiful theaters in the world by Architectural Digest.

The International Executive Council (IEC) was recently treated to a private tour of the venue which can be transformed into a symphony concert hall, theater or an intimate recital hall. Chuck dutifully pursued his vision to bring a world-class entertainment venue to Orlando, and emphasized the importance of “getting it right.”

In spite of challenges that inevitably arise in such a complex project, the focus was to make sure the acoustic signature was perfect for each seat, regardless of the stage configuration. And the pursuit of excellence paid off. The performing arts center has already amazed performers, many of who have elected not to use sound amplification.

In addition to attracting big-name talent, Steinmetz Hall connects with and serves the community by engaging students and creative programs, providing educational opportunities to grow the arts. On the IEC tour, the hall was bustling with stage hands and performers from the University of Central Florida.

From thriving lawns to flourishing philanthropy

After retiring from a highly successful career in the pest control and lawn care industry, Steinmetz turned his energies toward identifying and contributing to worthy causes. 

In 2018, he and wife, Margery Pabst Steinmetz, established the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation, effectively merging the goals and vision of their two foundations that had supported the arts, education and community for decades.

Margie Pabst Chuck Steinmetz
Chuck and his wife, Margery Pabst Steinmetz – Photo credit Rafael Tongol

He has supported endowments for scholarships, professorships, entrepreneurship and research funds at the University of Florida. 

Steinmetz is Vice-Chair of the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center.

Pilam and paying it forward

Chuck joined the FL Delta chapter in 1957 where he thoroughly enjoyed his time and made many lifelong relationships. He fondly remembers his brothers and how those relationships helped him throughout his life.

He continues to pay it forward to later generations.

“Chuck has been an amazing Pi Lam and has been involved as an alumni in just about every possible way. In addition to Chuck’s love for our fraternity, amazing career and continued community impact – he’s like a second Dad to me.”

– Jeff Buhler ’93 FL Delta

He was awarded the Big Pi in 1999 for his business success and community impact.

Article written by Shawn Mahoney (Temple University ’92)