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The Juilliard School / Manhattan School of Music
Claremont Avenue
New York City: Manhattan, New York 10027

Recital Hall

OHS Database ID 35477.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been relocated and is no longer at this location.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition November 11, 2016.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 23 stops. 29 registers. 29 ranks. 1699 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

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


  • 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:
    Replaced Hillgreen- Lane; building sold to Manhattan School of Music; damaged by roof leak in 1969. Alterations by Anthony Bufano following further leaks in 1982, 1987. (Database Manager. June 12, 2008)
  • From the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project: In 1955, the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company installed their Opus 1272, a three-manual instrument installed in a niche above and behind the stage of the Recital Hall of the Juilliard School of Music. Vernon de Tar, Chair of the Organ Department, designed the organ and also dedicated it on January 10, 1956. The organ remained at the Claremont Avenue building when the Juilliard School relocated to Lincoln Center in 1969; the building's new occupants, the Manhattan School of Music, continued to use the organ. A leaky roof damaged the organ in 1969 and again in 1982, after which a substantial amount of pipework was replaced by Anthony Bufano. Tonal revisions by Bufano took place after another leak in 1988. This organ was removed in 2002 when Hubbard Hall was renovated and renamed Greenfield Hall. Following are the specifications from the Aeolian-Skinner Factory Contract. (Jeff Scofield. December 3, 2019)

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Exposed pipework. Photo from Charles Callahan collection via Steven E. Lawson 1955-09-09

Pipe organs in New York sponsored by Foley-Baker, Inc.

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  • Stoplist courtesy of the Aeolian-Skinner Archives
           New York, New York
           Juilliard School
           Concert Hall
           Aeolian-Skinner   Op. 1272   1955   3/29
           GREAT                       POSITIV
       16' Quintaton      61        8' Nason Flute       61
        8' Spitzprinzipal 61        4' Koppelflöte       61
        8' Bourdon        61        2' Italian Principal 61     
        4' Principal      61    1 1/3' Larigot           61
        2' Fifteenth      61      III  Zimbel           183
    III-V  Plein Jeu     232        8' Krummhorn         61
        8' Rohrflöte      61
        8' Viole de Gambe 61       16' Montre            32
        8' Viole Celeste  61       16' Quintaten         GT
        4' Gemshorn       61        8' Principal         12
    2 2/3' Nasat          61        8' Rohrflöte         SW
        2' Blockflöte     61        4' Choralbass        12
    1 3/5' Terz           61       16' Fagot             32
        8' Trompette      61        8' Fagot             12
        4' Hautbois       61        4' Fagot             12
           [Received from Jeff Scofield November 11, 2016]
  • Click Here Stoplist courtesy of the Aeolian-Skinner Archives Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.