The cornerstone of Ball State University's Music Instruction Building is the 600-seat Sursa Performance Hall, named in honor of benefactors David and Mary Jane Sursa. Their generosity provided for the hall and a world-class pipe organ, the Sursa Family Concert Organ, designed and built by the Goulding & Wood Co.
Sursa Hall is a musical jewel for the entire community, blending first-rate acoustical design with musical intimacy. It is designed to foster a close connection between performers and audiences, and its acoustical tuning capabilities allow performers to adjust the hall's sound qualities to suit their individual preferences.
By moving large baffles along the sides of the hall, performers can modify the acoustics in less than a minute to reflect sound or absorb sound, making the listening experience more appropriate for the kind of music and the size of ensemble performing.
Sursa Hall is used as a rehearsal hall, performance hall, and recording hall. The facility is linked directly to the recording booth in back of the audience area and to the recording facilities on the building's second-floor area. Musicians are able to record concerts digitally, broadcast live to Indiana Public Radio, record for delayed broadcast to television, and broadcast live to the Internet.
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