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University of Chicago
5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Rockefeller Chapel

OHS Database ID 34875.

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Awards

OHS Convention Organ, 2012.


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 April 9, 2012.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 8 divisions. 97 stops. 143 registers. 131 ranks. 8560 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in side chambers at the front of the room, with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is movable.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Listed in "Recent Installations," The American Organist Vol. 42, No. 3 [March, 2008] Additions to existing organ (Database Manager. May 28, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- Rededicated June 7, 2008 by university organist Thomas Weisflog. (article in the "Chicago Tribune" dated June 9, 2008). Main organ is in side chamber near the chancel. There is a second two-manual console to control the rear gallery divisions. (Database Manager. June 12, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Chad Boorsma. -- The Chancel Organ was restored to its original specification with some judicious additions that were informed by other of Skinner's academic installations. Existing windchests, mechanism, and expression shutters were all refurbished, and pipes that had been discarded over the years were in some cases relocated. Where pipes were missing, replicas were carefully built with sensitivity to historic style. The Gallery Organ's windchests, mechanism, and expression are all new. In both organs, existing pipework was cleaned and restored to like-new condition. The organ chambers were completely updated and a new nave tone opening was constructed for the Chancel Organ (from Schantz website). (Database Manager. April 18, 2010)
  • Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. (Database Manager. May 24, 2011)
  • Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. (Database Manager. June 14, 2011)

Online Documents

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Bibliography

  • Dexter, Jeffrey D.. "University of Chicago Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Chicago, Illinois," The American Organist (Vol. 42, No. 10 [October, 2008], pp. 54-57). [Cover Feature: photographs, stoplist, history and description] [Details, plans, photos, stoplist]

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Photographs

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Pipe Facade, Chancel, and Nave. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Organ Case, Chancel, and Nave. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Nave and Gallery Organ Case. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Organ Facade. Photograph by John Seboldt 2008-10-19
Chapel Exterior. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Chapel Exterior. Photograph by John Seboldt 2008-10-19
Console and Pipe Facade. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Pipe Facade. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Chancel and Pipe Facade. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Gallery Organ Case and Trompette en Chamade. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Gallery Organ Case and Trompette en Chamade. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Pipework. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Console. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Console. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Manuals. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Rebuilder's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Organ Case Details. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Organ Case Details. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2011-05-09
Console. Photograph by Ryan Mueller 2014-01-09
Left Stop Jamb. Photograph by Ryan Mueller 2014-01-09
Right Stop Jamb. Photograph by Ryan Mueller 2014-01-09

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist from Schantz factory specifications
    Chicago, Illinois
    UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
    ROCKEFELLER MEMORIAL CHAPEL
    
    Built by Skinner Organ Company     1927    Opus 634
    Rebuilt by Schantz Organ Company   2007
    ___________________________________________________________________________
    
    GREAT:                                SWELL:
       32' Violone 5 [PD]                    16' Bourdon 73
       16' Open Diapason 61                  16' Dulciana 73 [34-73*]
        8' First Open Diapason 61             8' Open Diapason 73
        8' Second Open Diapason 61            8' Claribel Flute 73
        8' Third Open Diapason 61             8' Chimney Flute 73
        8' Principal Flute 61                 8' Flute Celeste II 134
        8' Lieblich Gedeckt 61 [GALL SW]      8' Gamba 73
        8' Erzähler 61                        8' Voix Celeste II 146
        8' Orchestral Strings IV [CH]         8' Echo Viol 73
        4' Octave 61 +                        8' Echo Viol Celeste 73
        4' Principal 61 [1-10*]               8' Orchestra Strings IV [CH]
        4' Flute Harmonique 61                4' Octave 73
    2 2/3' Twelfth 61                         4' Gemshorn 73 +
        2' Fifteenth 61 *                     4' Flute Triangulaire 73
    1 3/5' Seventeenth 61 +                   4' Unda Maris II 146
        V  Mixture 305 *                      2' Flautino 61
      VII  Cymbal 427 + [as in Severance]     V  Chorus Mixture 305
       16' Double Trumpet 61 [1-12*]          V  Cornet 305 *
        8' Tromba 61                         16' Posaune 73
        4' Clarion 61                         8' Cornopean 73
           Chimes [SOLO]                      8' French Trumpet 73 *
                                              8' Oboe 73
    SOLO:                                     4' Clarion 73
        8' Open Diapason 73                   8' Vox Humana 73
        8' Flauto Mirabilis 73                   Tremolo
        8' Gamba 73                       CHOIR:
        8' Gamba Celeste 73                  16' Gamba 73
        8' Orchestral Strings IV [CH]         8' Geigen Principal 73 [1-12*]
       16' Heckelphone 73                     8' Concert Flute 73
        8' French Horn 73                     8' Gamba 73
        8' Corno de Bassetto 73               8' Orchestral Strings IV 292
        8' Tuba 73                            8' Kleine Erzähler II 134
        8' Tuba Mirabilis 73                  4' Geigen Octave 73 +
        4' Clarion 73                         4' Gambette 73
       16' Bassoon 61                         4' Flute Harmonique 73
        8' English Horn [CH]              2 2/3' Nazard 61 *
        8' Orchestral Oboe 73                 2' Piccolo 61 [1, 36-61*]
           Tremolo                        1 3/5' Tierce 61 *
           Chimes [new action] 25 bells   1 1/7' Septiéme 61 *
           Zimbelstern + 5 bells             16' Bassoon 73 [1-24*]
        8' Randel State Trumpet [GALL]        8' English Horn 73
                                              8' Clarinet 73
    GALLERY GREAT:                            8' Orchestral Oboe 73
        8' Open Diapason 61                      Tremolo
        8' Melodia 61                            Harp [new action]
        8' Gedeckt 61                            Celesta
        8' Gemshorn 61 +                      8' Randel State Trumpet [GALL]
        8' Gemshorn Celeste 61            
        4' Octave 61                      PEDAL:   
        4' Rohrflöte 61                      64' Gravissima 
        2' Fifteenth 61 +                    32' Major Bass 56
       IV  Mixture 244 +                     32' Violone 56
        8' Trumpet 61                        16' Major Bass 
                                             16' Diapason 56 +
    GALLERY SWELL:                           16' Open Diapason [GT] 
       16' Echo Bourdon 85                   16' Violone
        8' Open Diapason 73                  16' Bourdon 56
        8' Rohrflöte 61                      16' Echo Lieblich [SW]
        8' Salicional 73                     16' Gamba [CH]
        8' Voix Celeste 73                   16' Dulciana [SW] 
        4' Octave 73                          8' Major Bass 
        4' Flute Harmonique 73                8' Octave [from Diapason]
       II  Sesiquialtera 122 +                8' Gedeckt [from Bourdon]
        2' Flageolet 61 +                     8' Still Gedeckt [SW]
      III  Mixture 183 *                      8' Cello [from Violone]
       16' Flugel Horn 12 +                   4' Super Octave [from Diapason]
        8' Cornopean 73                       4' Flute [from Bourdon]
        8' Corno d' Amore 73                 IV  Mixture 128 [III & IV*]
           Tremolo                           32' Bombarde 68
           Gallery Zimbelstern 5 bells +     16' Trombone
        8' Randel State Trumpet 61 +         16' Posaune [SW]
                                             16' Bassoon [CH] 
    GALLERY PEDAL:                            8' Tromba 
       32' Resultant                          8' Posaune [SW]
       16' Diapason 56 +                      4' Clarion
       16' Bourdon 56 [45-56+]                8' Randel State Trumpet [GALL]
       16' Echo Bourdon [SW]
        8' Octave 
        8' Bourdon
        8' Rohrflöte [SW]                     + new pipework
        4' Super Octave
        4' Bourdon                            * replica pipework
       16' Double Trumpet 12 [GT] +
       16' Flugel Horn [SW]
        4' Flugel Horn [SW]
    
    [Received on line from Chad Boorsma April 18, 2010.]
  • Click Here Stoplist from Schantz factory specifications Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.