The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Occidental College
Los Angeles, California

Thorne Hall

OHS Database ID 23624.


Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in not in playable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 20, 2014.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Four manuals. 48 stops. 59 registers. 63 ranks. 3881 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in gallery-level chambers at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is movable.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

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:
    Relocation of #819 with one addition; Schantz, #550 console in 1961. (Database Manager. May 15, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from Les Deutsch. -- The console is disconnected and stored, uncovered, with misc. stage props in a room behind the stage. The pipes were still in the rear chambers as of two years ago. (Database Manager. August 28, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- Organ is now in possesion of Wicks organ company, and is being offered for sale with restoration by Wicks. (Database Manager. April 4, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Scott Crowell. -- Purchased by St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2008. (Database Manager. August 16, 2013)
  • Updated through online information from Dr. Les Deutsch. -- Although it was believed that the pipework and chests of this instrument had been removed and relocated to a church - this is not so. I personally inspected the instrument on June 13, 2014. All the pipework, chests, and freestanding chambers are still intact in the rear gallery behind grillwork. The Moller console is disconnected and stored in a room off to the right side of the stage. The pipes and chests appear to be in good condition. However, the organ has not been in playing condition for many years. A deal to sell the organ to a church fell through long ago and the college is currently interested in selling the entire instrument. (Database Manager. June 20, 2014)

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Interior of Auditorium showing Chamber Grillework. Photograph by Les Deutsch 2014-06-16

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Stoplist

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  • From Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives
    Los Angeles, California
    Occidental College - Thorne Hall
    
    Skinner Organ Company   Opus 819-A   1938      4 manuals, 48 stops, 63 ranks
    ____________________________________________________________________________
    
             GREAT ORGAN                             SWELL ORGAN
         16' Open Diapason       61              16' Bourdon             73
          8' First Diapason      61               8' Diapason            73
          8' Second Diapason     61               8' Rohr Flute          73
          8' Third Diapason      61               8' Salicional          73
          8' Harmonic Flute      61               8' Voix Celeste        73
          8' Erzähler            CH               8' Flauto Dolce        73
          4' Octave              61               8' Flute Celeste (TC)  61
      2 2/3' Twelfth             61               4' Octave              73
          2' Fifteenth           61               4' Flute Triangulaire  73
         IV  Harmonics          244               2' Fifteenth           61
               (17-19-21-22)                     IV  Cornet             244
          8' Trumpet             61               V  Quint Mixture      305
             Chimes              SO              16' Waldhorn            73
                                                  8' Trumpet             73
             CHOIR ORGAN                          8' Oboe                73
          8' Geigen              73               8' Vox Humana          73
          8' Concert Flute       73               4' Clarion             73
          8' Erzähler            73                  Tremolo
          8' Viol d'Orchestre    73               8' Harp                CH
          8' Viol Celeste        73               4' Celesta             CH
          4' Flute               73
      2 2/3' Twelfth             61                  PEDAL ORGAN
        III  Carillon           122 (a)          32' Diapason (resultant)--
          8' Corno di Bassetto   73              16' Major Bass          32
             Tremolo                             16' Diapason            GT
          8' Harp (TC)           --              16' Bourdon             32
          4' Celesta             61 bars         16' Echo Lieblich       SW
                                                  8' Octave              GT
             SOLO ORGAN                           8' Cello               SO
          8' Flauto Mirabilis    73               8' Gedeckt             12
          8' Gamba               73               8' Still Gedeckt       SW
          8' Gamba Celeste       73 (b)           4' Flute               12
          4' Orchestral Flute    73               V  Mixture            160
          8' Tuba Mirabilis      73                    (15-17-19-21-22)
          8' French Horn         73              32' Contra Fagotto      32
          8' English Horn        73              16' Trombone            32
             Tremolo                             16' Waldhorn            SW
             Chimes                               8' Trombone            12
                                                     Chimes              SO
    
         (a) draws 2 2/3'
         (b) added 1938 as Op. 819-A
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2016-09-07]
    
    
  • Click Here From Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.
  • Stoplist taken from the console June 16, 2014
    Glendale, California
    Thorne Hall, Occidental College
    
    Skinner Organ opus 819-A, Moller Console
    
    PEDAL                       GREAT                        SWELL
    
    32     Diapason             16     Double Open Diapason  16     Bourdon
    16     Major Bass            8     First Diapason         8     Diapason
    16     Diapason              8     Second Diapason        8     Rhor Flute
    16     Bourdon               8     Third Diapason         8     Salicional
    16     Echo Lieblich (Sw)    8     Harmonic Flute         8     Vox Celeste
     8     Octave (Gt)           8     Erzahler (Ch)          8     Flauto Dolce
     8     Gedeckt               4     Octave                 8     Flute Celeste
     8     Still Gedeckt (Sw)    2 2/3 Twelfth                4     Octave
     8     Cello (Solo)          2     Fifteenth              4     Flute
           Mixture V                   Harmonics IV           2     Fifteenth
    32     Fagotto               8     Trumpet                      Cornet IV
    16     Trombone                    Chimes                       Mixture V
    16     Fagotto                                           16     Wald Horn
     8     Trombone              4     Great to Great         8     Trumpet
                                16     Swell to Great         8     Oboe
     8     Great to Pedal        8     Swell to Great         8     Vox Humana
     4     Great to Pedal        4     Swell to Great         4     Clarion
     8     Swell to Pedal       16     Choir to Great               Trumulant
     4     Swell to Pedal        8     Choir to Great               Harp
     8     Choir to Pedal        4     Choir to Great               Celesta
     4     Choir to Pedal       16     Solo to Great
                                 8     Solo to Great         16     Swell to Swell
                                 4     Solo to Great          4     Swell to Swell
                                                              8     Solo to Swell
    
    
    CHOIR                       SOLO
    
     8     Geigen                8     Flauto Mirabilis
     8     Concert Flute         8     Gamba
     8     Viole d’Orchest       8     Gamba Celeste
     8     Viole Celeste         4     Orches’l Flute
     8     Erzahler              8     Tuba Mirabilis
     4     Flute                 8     French Horn
     2 2/3 Twelfth               8     English Horn
           Carelon III                 Tremulant
     8     Corno d’Bassetto     
           Tremulant            16     Solo to Solo
           Harp                  8     Solo to Solo
           Celesta               8     Great to Solo
    
    16     Choir to Choir
     4     Choir to Choir
    16     Swell to Choir
     8     Swell to Choir
     4     Swell to Choir
    16     Solo to Choir
     8     Solo to Choir
     4     Solo to Choir
    
    
     [Received from Les Deutsch 2014-06-19.]
  • Click Here Stoplist taken from the console June 16, 2014 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.