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Fine Arts
Douwstra Auditorium Renovation - Phase II

Rendering of proposed organ in Douwstra Auditorium

 

Phase II of the Douwstra Auditorium renovation includes plans for:

  • A new, handcrafted pipe organ by world-renowned organ builder Casavant Frères of Canada.
  • Much needed back-of-the-house infrastructure improvements, including new air-handling and mechanical equipment.

Douwstra Auditorium was furnished with an organ when it was built in 1939. The instrument was one of the last of its kind built before its essential materials were rationed during World War II. The college has sought to restore an organ to the space ever since the building’s last renovation in 1984.

 

Creating the perfect new organ for Douwstra Auditorium requires collaboration. Casavant Frères has worked with the Douwstra architect to create a unique facade for the renovated space. The resulting custom-built organ will feature Casavant’s hand-built pipes and complement the building’s renovated interior.

 

The new organ will fill the auditorium with incredible sound and elegant beauty that harmonizes with the hall’s state-of-the-art acoustics and renovated interior design. Before that can happen, Central needs another collaborator: You!

 

Donate now to help bring the king of instruments back to the center of Central’s campus—and help give voice to campus concerts and celebrations for generations to come.

 

Support a department or ensemble

Central’s art, music and theatre departments offer students numerous opportunities for professional and artistic growth. With diverse course options, exciting performance opportunities and local and international learning experiences, our Fine Arts programs offer so much to majors and non-majors alike. Give to your favorite department or ensemble to make a difference today.

 

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Hoo-Rah Day is all about bringing the Central community together and there are many ways to join in. Reach out to a Central friend or mentor. Share Central themed photos of your kids, pets or Central memories on social media. Snap a photo with our Hoo-Rah Day poster or download a Big Red coloring sheet. Share this address – hoorah.central.edu – with the hashtag #HoorahDay and encourage your family and friends to join the celebration. Go Dutch!

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