Organ

The Music Institute of Chicago is the only regional community music school, and one of few community music schools in the nation, to offer organ and harpsichord instruction. MIC is the home of two important, historic pipe organs: a fully restored, three manual, 1914 E.M.Skinner organ in Nichols Concert Hall, and a 1936 Kimball pipe organ. Organ instruction offers piano students the opportunity to uniquely expand their knowledge of historic keyboard instruments and repertoire. MIC also has a vibrant Early Music department with ensemble opportunities for organ players.

 

Organ Faculty

Department Chair: James Russell Brown

 

James Russell Brown

Margaret Kemper

 

Specifications of the E.M. Skinner Organ, Opus 208

Skinner Organ

Organ built by Ernest M. Skinner Company, Boston, Massachusetts

Opus 208 (completed June 1, 1914)

Complete historic restoration (2005-2007)

Jeff Weiler, Pipe Organ Curators and Conservators, Chicago, Illinois

 

Three manuals and pedal 61/30: 25 ranks, 1569 pipes, 37 drawknobs

 

Great Organ

Bourdon 16’ (Ped 1st Bourdon-61 notes)

Diapason 8’ (68 pipes)

Philomela 8’ (Pedal Diapason)

Erzähler 8’ (68 pipes)

Gedackt 8’ (Swell)

Dulciana 8’ (Swell Aeoline)

Octave 4’* (61 pipes)

Flute 4’ (Swell)

Twelfth 2 2/3’* (61 pipes)

Fifteenth 2’* (61 pipes)

Cornopean 8’ (Swell)

 

* added in the 1930s

 

Choir Organ (enclosed)

Geigen Principal 8’ (61 pipes)

Concert Flute 8’ (61 pipes)

Flute 4’ (61 pipes)

Clarinet 8’ (61 pipes)

Tremolo

Swell Organ (enclosed)

Bourdon 16’ (68 pipes)

Diapason 8’ (68 pipes)

Gedackt 8’ (68 pipes)

Salicional 8’ (68 pipes)

Voix Celestes 8’ (68 pipes)

Aeoline 8’ (68 pipes)

Unda Maris 8’ (56 pipes-Ten. C)

Octave 4’ (68 pipes)

Flute 4’ (68 pipes)

Flautino 2’ (61 pipes)

Posaune 16’ (68 pipes)

Cornopean 8’ (68 pipes)

Flugelhorn 8’ (68 pipes)

Vox Humana 8’ (68 pipes)

Tremolo

 

Pedal Organ

Diapason 16’ (73 pipes)

First Bourdon 16’(61 pipes)

Second Bourdon 16’(Swell)

Octave 8’ (Diapason extension)

Stillgedackt 8’ (Swell)

Posaune 16’ (Swell)

Couplers                  

Swell to Pedal         

Great to Pedal       

Choir to Pedal       

Swell to Pedal   

 

Swell to Great 

Choir to Great 

Swell to Choir 

 

Swell to Swell 16’  

Swell to Swell 4’    

Swell to Great 16’

Swell to Great 4’

Great to Great 4’   

Choir to Great 16’

Pistons

5 Swell

4 Great

4 Choir

4’ 4 Pedal

Set

 

Gt to Ped Reversible

Sforzando Reversible

Choir Expression

Swell Expression

Crescendo

 

Sw,Gt,Ch to

Ped/Comb