Organ Recital Hall

  • The Organ Recital Hall is the home of the Casavant Frères Organ, originally installed at CSU in 1968.
  • Built by Casavant and designed and voiced by Lawrence I. Phelps, the organ is one of the first modern mechanical-action (tracker) organs built at an American university, and is considered a landmark instrument in the “Organ Revival” movement.
  • Constructed in a style emulating 17th- and 18th-century German organ-building principles, the Casavant was designed specifically for CSU in consultation with Emeritus Professor Robert Cavarra.
  • The organ includes 2,079 pipes, a 56-note keyboard, a 32-note pedal board, and 34 stops. The sweep of the organ’s façade fills the entire south wall of the hall, with the tallest pipes reaching 19 feet.
  • The legacy of the Casavant organ has earned CSU an international reputation as the keeper of one of the finest organs built in the 20th century.
  • The hall is regularly used for faculty, student, and guest artist recitals as well as chamber music and lectures.
  • The hall seats 275 in theatre seats plus an additional 50 seats with restricted view.
  • Square footage: 4,500