This paper demonstrates a new method of conducting a noncontacting vibration measurement on light structures. Although laser vibrometry provides a routine method of acquiring response data, the method of achieving noncontacting point excitation of structures remains problematic. This is the primary concern of the paper. There is understandable motivation to develop a viable noncontacting excitation method as exciting methods involve contact thereby altering the structure's in-situ properties. The method demonstrated in the paper explores the use of focused acoustic excitation. An ellipsoid cavity has been constructed which is designed to emit focused plane wave excitation over an area of 1 in. diameter, thus approximating to point excitation. The paper outlines the design and construction of the ellipsoid shell and discusses the design parameters in relation to the frequency response and footprint of the excitation. The results presented compare measurements acquired via this new method and the corresponding Frequency Response Functions obtained by the electrodynamic excitation. Significant differences are observable, largely arising from the mass loading effects associated with the standard modal testing procedures.