North Carolina A&T's new chancellor, Dr. James Battle, wanted to improve the fine arts department of the university. Their new music faculty member, organist and choral director, Mr. Travis Alexander, wanted to start an organ program to expand the music program at the university. Dr. Battle, a very fine musician, was 100-percent behind him.
Mr. Alexander was very familiar with Allen organs. Four years earlier he was instrumental in the selection of a Diane Bish Signature Series 80 Stop / Four-Manual organ for his home church. After hearing and playing organs from several manufacturers, he wanted to have the best. Therefore, an Allen organ equipped with Allen Vista™ was chosen.
Richard B. Harrison Auditorium had been renovated as a lecture hall and performing arts facility. There were no sound chambers in the building. An architect was employed to design chambers that fit between support beams and air-conditioning ducts. Mr. Rudy Lucente performed the final voicing and finishing of the organ.
The organ is on a dolly and has a quick-disconnect so it can be moved off stage when not in use. Because the chambers are out front in the corners, portable stage monitors were designed to be moved and connected when choral and orchestral events are performed on stage with the organ.