The Rost organ was designed, built, and installed by Robert Sipe of Dallas in collaboration with William B. Kuhlman, then college organist, and Paul Veneklasen, acoustical consultant for the main auditorium and recital hall. The organ was made possible by a single gift from Jeanne Preus Rost ’41 in honor of her late husband, Lawrence E. Rost.
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. The main case is made of solid oak, and the console and pedal sharps are inlaid with rosewood. Decorative pipe shades at the top of the case provide visual interest and additional blend within each division.
Assistant professor of music Gregory Peterson '83 currently serves the Luther community as college organist.