The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Milwaukee Center for the Performing Arts
929 North Water Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

OHS Database ID 26015.

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Status and Condition

This organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 3, 2008.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 38 stops. 47 registers. 58 ranks. 3180 pipes.

The organ is at the front of the room, and some pipes are exposed. The console is movable.


  • Identified through online information from Wayne Rokicki. (Database Manager. May 8, 2007)
  • Updated 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:
    Installed in 1969 on elevator at rear of stage; rebuilt by Austin in 1984 with combination action replaced by solid state. (Database Manager. July 3, 2008)
  • Updated through information posted to PIPORG-L by Larry Wheelock May 3, 2009: -- From the Program Notes: The Aeolian-Skinner pipe-organ in Uihlein Hall was donated by the Miller Brewing Company. The entire instrument is stored beneath the stage in a specially constructed chamber. When the instrument is in use, the floor is taken up and the organ is lifted to stage-level by a single-piston hydraulic lift. Due to height considerations under the stage, the 32' Sub-Principal was Haskelled (in effect, folded inside upon itself) ... .
    The Austin Organ Company was called upon in 1984 to clean and revoice the Great, Positiv, and Pedal divisions. Years' worth of dust falling through the stage floor as well as moisture from the adjacent Milwaukee River had taken its toll on the action and pipe work and a major cleaning was necessary. With the consultation of Organist James Burmeister together with the late Calvin Hampton, some revoicing was carried-out at that time and the 32' Sub-Principal was loudened. The rank now sounds with the room-shaking dignity inherent to open pipes of that pitch. (James Cook. May 4, 2009)
  • Updated through information posted to PIPORG-L by Larry Wheelock May 3, 2009: -- This afternoon Peter Conte gave a spectacular recital on the Miller Organ (Aeolian-Skinner Op. 1477) ... I unexpectedly found myself hanging around onstage as the crew began putting the organ into the pit in which it resides most of the time. I whipped out my camera and took as many pictures I could as the large 58-rank instrument slowly descended, taking no more than about 3 minutes from fully-up to fully-down. It was an eerie experience to see this immense instrument descending in absolute silence.
    It's something that few people get to witness and it was almost a little frightening. I was especially intent on getting some overhead shots of the famous 32' Haskelled Sub-Principal. ...One of the stage-hands made the claim that the Miller Organ is the largest object permanently attached to an elevator in the country. I don't know if that is true, ... . (James Cook. May 4, 2009)

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  • From Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Milwaukee Center for the Performing Arts
    Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Inc.  Opus 1477  1965    3 manuals, 38 stops, 58 ranks
                 GREAT ORGAN                            POSITIV ORGAN
             16' Quintaton          61               8' Principal          61
              8' Principal          61               8' Gedeckt            61
              8' Rohrflöte          61               8' Erzähler           61
              4' Octave             61               4' Octave             61
              4' Spitzflöte         61               4' Koppelflöte        61
          2 2/3' Nasat              61               2' Gemshorn           61
              2' Flachflöte         61           1 1/3' Quinte             61
          1 3/5' Terz               61              II  Sesquialtera II   122
                 Mixture V-VII     364                  Mixtur IV-VI      318
             16' Trompet            61               8' Krummhorn          61
              8' Trumpet            61                  Tremulant
                                                        PEDAL ORGAN
                 SWELL ORGAN                        32' Sub Principal      12 a
              8' Viole              61              16' Principal          32
              8' Viole Celeste      61              16' Subbass            32
              8' Bourdon            61              16' Quintaton          GT
              4' Prestant           61               8' Octave             32
              4' Flute Harmonique   61               8' Spitzgedeckt       12
              2' Octavin            61               4' Choralbass         32
                 Plein Jeu V       305               4' Nachthorn          32
             16' Hautbois           12               2' Nachthorn          12
              8' Trompette          61                  Mixture V         160
              8' Hautbois           61              32' Kontra Posaune     12 b
              4' Clairon            61              16' Posaune            32
                 Tremulant                          16' Hautbois           SW
                                                     8' Trompette          12
                                                     4' Clairon            12
                                                     a  1-12 are Haskelled
                                                     b  1-12 are half-length
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2014-08-08]
  • Click Here From Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.