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Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Oberlin, Ohio

Warner Hall

OHS Database ID 23381.

Status and Condition

This organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition Unknown.

Technical Details

Three manuals. 40 stops. 47 ranks. 2350 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.


  • Identified through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
    Second-hand installation. Replaced by Skinner Opus 667 (1927). (Database Manager. April 19, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from William Gravesmill. -- Oberlin Organ student (1953) The Skinner rebuild of this instrument was rebuilt again by Walter Holtkamp (1959-62) for "old Warner concert hall", then rebuilt by Walter Holtkamp, 1964 for New Warner Concert Hall, then rebuilt a final time and currently installed by Christian Holtkamp at Hemmle Hall, Texas Tech University, Lubbock. (Database Manager. July 20, 2008)
  • This organ was originally built in 1882 for Harold Chandler Kimball and installed in his residence in Rochester, N.Y. The organ was given to Oberlin in 1899 and installed in Warner Hall. (Steven E. Lawson. January 20, 2015)

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  • Schnurr, Jr., Stephen J.. Organs of Oberlin: The College Conservatory of Music and its Pipe Organs. (Oak Park, Illinois: Chauncey Park Press, 2013), pp. 5-7; photos, spec, history [0]

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Warner Concert Hall, organ case and attached console.. Vintage postcard mailed May 3, 1912, courtesy of Will Dunklin
. Photograph from Sebastian M. Glück 1904-01-01

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  • Specification from Bulletin of OberlinCollege, Feb. 1, 1904
    Oberlin, Ohio
    Oberlin Conservatory of Music - Warner Hall
    Hilborne L. Roosevelt   Opus 93   1882               3 manuals, 40 stops, 47 ranks
    Gifted to Oberlin in 1899
             GREAT ORGAN                                 SWELL ORGAN
         16' Dbl. Open Diapason    58                16' Bourdon               58 #
          8' Open Diapason         58                 8' Open Diapason         58
          8' Viola di Gamba        58                 8' Salicional            58
          8' Gemshorn              58                 8' Dolce                 58
          8' Doppel Flöte          58                 8' Vox Celestis (TC)     46
          4' Octave                58                 8' Stopped Diapason      58
          4' Hohl Flöte            58                 4' Violina               58
      2 2/3' Octave Quint          58 *               4' Flauto Traverso       58
          2' Super Octave          58 *               2' Flageolet             58
             Mixture, 3 & 4 ranks 196 *                  Cornet, 3, 4 & 5 rks 242
          8' Trumpet               58 *              16' Contra Fagotto        58
             * included in the Solo swell-box         8' Cornopean             58
                                                      8' Oboe                  58
             SOLO ORGAN (in separate swell-box)       8' Vox Humana            58
         16' Double Dulciana       58                    # Treble and bass, split knob
          8' Viol d'Amour          58
          8' Æoline                58                    PEDAL ORGAN
          8' Concert Flute         58                16' Open Diapason         30
          8' Quintadena            58                16' Dulciana              30
          4' Salicet               58                16' Bourdon               30
          4' Flute d'Amour         58            10 2/3' Quint                 30
          2' Piccolo Harmonique    58                 8' Violoncello           30
          8' Clarinet              58                16' Trombone              30
             MECHANICAL ACCESSORIES                      COUPLERS
             Swell Tremulant                             Swell to Great
             Solo Tremulant                              Swell to Great Octaves
             Hydraulic Engine Starter                    Solo to Great
             Eclipse Wind Indicator, for Bellows         Swell to Solo
             Eclipse Wind Indicator, for Regulator       Swell to Pedal
             Adjustable Combination Piston Knobs         Great to Pedal
                                                         Solo to Pedal
             PEDAL MOVEMENTS
             Six Adjustable Combination Pedals
             Great to Pedal Reversible Coupler
             Balanced Swell Pedal
             Balanced Solo Pedal
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2015-01-20]
  • Click Here Specification from Bulletin of OberlinCollege, Feb. 1, 1904 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.