Performance Venues and Practice Rooms
Babson is home to multiple state-of-the-art venues to support both performing arts organizations and individual performers in our community.
The Sorenson Center for the Arts facility, on College Drive in the heart of the beautiful Babson campus, opened in October 1997. The center was designed by the Boston-based firm of William Rawn Associates Architects, known for its design of the Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. The 441-seat Carling-Sorenson Theater features wraparound balconies and side-loge seating that maximize the immediacy of live performance. It is fully equipped with state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and projection systems; a dance/rehearsal studio; music practice rooms; dressing rooms, and a spacious and comfortable lobby. The building is wheelchair-accessible. The Sorenson Center for the Arts offers a professional theatrical setting for concerts and performances. Contact the Sorenson Center for the Arts for information and availability.
The Pub is located in the basement of Park Manor Central and is open to all community members. The space is equipped with carpeted stage, 12-channel sound system with monitors, and track lighting for stage. Many organizations will schedule the pub far in advance so please do so as soon as you can. Reserve the pub with Patti Baptiste of Sodexo.
Knight Auditorium is a large multi-functional space for a variety of events from presentations to performances. Technology includes full audio (up to 12 microphones plus additional audio sources), video (with projection), basic theatrical lighting capabilities and an upright piano. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information and availability.
Glavin Family Chapel
The Chapel is a flexible space for events specifically focused on worship and reflection. A PA system is available for basic audio needs and a Yamaha grand piano. Contact Danielle Virgilio of Spiritual Life for information and availability.
Sorenson Practice Rooms
Two music practice rooms with Yamaha and Chickering upright pianos are located off the second floor lobby of the Sorenson Center for the Arts. Rooms are locked (can be accessed with an activated OneCard) and available on a first come, first served basis. Contact email@example.com to sign a contract and activate your Babson OneCard for exterior door access.
*Contract must be signed in person at the Sorenson offices before access can be granted.
Sandra L. Sorenson Rehearsal Studio
Located in the Sorenson Center for the Arts, this fully-equipped studio may be used for performance rehearsals. The studio also has an upright piano available for use. Contact the Sorenson Center for the Arts for information and availability.
Park Manor Central Band Room
The band room, located in the basement of Park Manor Central, is equipped with a five-piece Pearl Export drum kit, Galen-Kruger bass amp, Fender guitar amp, Yamaha electric piano, music stands, chairs, PA for voice, and instrument storage cabinets. Any Babson musician can arrange a Babson OneCard activation in order to gain access by calling the Park Manor South Sorenson Offices at extension 5622. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule the band room for single or multiple dates.
Band Room Inventory (pdf)
Park Manor North
Located in the Foc'sle is an upright piano available for use 24 hours a day.
Van Winkle Hall
Located in the first-floor common room of Van Winkle is a Yamaha upright piano available for use 24 hours of the day.