The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Lutheran School of Theology
Chicago, Illinois

OHS Database ID 18064.

Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 2, 2016.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Electric stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 24 stops. 27 registers. 30 ranks. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is in a floor-level case at the rear of the room. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.


  • Some stops speak through electro-pneumatic action. Mechanical Swell shoe. (James Cook. May 14, 2005)
  • From the description in The American Organist, May, 2005: "Named the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ in recognition of their music ministry ... between 1983 and 1992, ... " (James Cook. May 14, 2005)

Online Documents

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  • [Unattributed]. "New Organs," The American Organist (Vol. 39, No. 5 [May, 2005]: pp. 86-87). [Photographs, stoplists.]
  • [Composite: several authors]. "New Organs," The Diapason (June, 2005 [Whole No. 1147]: p. 28). [Photograph, stoplist]

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Chapel Interior. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr
Chapel Interior. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr
Chapel Interior. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr
Organ. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr
Organ case. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr
Console. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr
Builder name plate. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr

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  • Stoplist from the builder's web site
    Chicago, Illinois
    Lutheran School of Theology
    M. L. Bigelow & Co.   Opus 31   2004              2 manuals, 24 stops, 30 ranks
            GREAT ORGAN                             SWELL ORGAN
        16' Bourdon                34 a          8' Oak Gedackt            58
         8' Præstant               58            8' Viola da gamba         58
         8' Chimney Flute          58            8' Voix celeste (TC)      46
         8' Harmonic Flute         58            4' Viol-Principal         58
         4' Octave                 58            4' Open Flute             58
         4' Dolce Flute            58        2 2/3' Nasard                 58
         2' Octave                 58            2' Conical Flute          58
            Sesquialtera II       116               Plein Jeu III         174
            Mixture IV            232           16' Bass Clarinet          58
         8' Trumpet                58            8' Oboe                   58
            Swell to Great                          Tremulant *
            Flexible Wind *
            PEDAL ORGAN                             GENERAL
        16' Præstant               30 b             58/30 notes. AGO Pedalboard.
        16' Bourdon                42               Keys of bone/ebony.
         8' Octave                 42               Self-regulating, key-tensioned
         8' Bourdon  (fr. 16')     --                 mechanical action, except
         4' Octave   (fr. 8')      --                 Præstant 16' and 1-24 of
        16' Posaune                42                 Great Bourdon 16'.
         8' Posaune  (fr. 16')     --               Electric stop action.
            Great to Pedal                          Multi-level combination action/
            Swell to Pedal                            sequencer.
                                                    Mechanical Swell.
         *  Flexible Wind and Tremulant             Bell Star (8 bells, wind driven)
             affect both manuals
         a  1-24 from Ped. 16' Bourdon
         b  Electro-pneumatic action
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2014-09-15]
  • Click Here Stoplist from the builder's web site Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.