The Center for Faith and Life
The Center for Faith and Life includes a 1,600-seat auditorium and a 200-seat recital hall. Both are used regularly as rehearsal and performance halls. Because of the many ways in which the auditorium space is utilized, it's imperative to have a versatile stage. The Center for Faith and Life's thrust stage consists of a stationary platform and a hydraulic lift. The platform and lift together are large enough for an orchestra of 85 and a seated choir of 200. The lift can be positioned at the stationary platform level for maximum stage area, at the auditorium floor level for additional seating, or lower than the stationary platform as an orchestra pit. The three canopies with transparent acrylic panels suspended above the stage are a part of the acoustical design of the hall and can be raised or lowered as preferred by various performance groups. The CFL also has a recital hall, which is used as a performance space for soloists and small ensembles. This area seats 160 with provision for 40 overflow seats.
The CFL auditorium houses the Rost Memorial Organ, a beautiful 62-rank, mechanical-action pipe organ. The organ was designed, built, and installed by Robert Sipe of Dallas in collaboration with William B. Kuhlman, college organist, and Paul Veneklasen, acoustical consultant for the main auditorium and recital hall. A 42-stop tracker-action instrument reflecting classical organ-building techniques in combination with current computer technology, the Rost organ contains 3,142 speaking pipes in 62 ranks, or sets of pipes, distributed over four keyboards, three played by the hands and one by the feet. The instrument is elegantly encased in the tradition of the Golden Age of Organ Building, the 17th century, although the architecture of the case is frankly contemporary in keeping with the basic architectural scheme of the Center for Faith and Life.