The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Esber Recital Hall

OHS Database ID 41789.

Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 28, 2017.
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Technical Details

Slider chests. Electric key action. Electric stop action.

Two manuals. 28 stops. 37 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

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

Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs.


  • Identified through research conducted by Sand Lawn, courtesy of David Scribner. (Database Manager. August 16, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Jim Thompson. (Database Manager. February 9, 2015)
  • For sale in 2017 (Steven E. Lawson. March 28, 2017)
  • Updated by James R. Stettner, listing this website as a source of information:

    The Holtkamp organ was completely overhauled by S.D.G. Pipe Organs, in 2005. The overhaul included cleaning of all of the pipework, re-leathering of all of the instrument’s mechanical components, installation of a 99 memory level solid state combination action and a complete rewiring of the instrument in compliance with the National Electrical Code protocol for pipe organs. This renovation substantially increased the number of manual pistons and toestuds. The school is building a new facility and the organ is for sale on Opening bid is listed as $1,000.00. In an online post on Facebook 'Pipe Organ Garage Sale', former Penn State student Keith Kostiuk said, "This makes me sad. I went to school there and played everyday on this instrument. Loved it. They recently added a pedal stop and upgraded the console. They are planning on building a new recital Hall and from what I heard this space will become a large rehearsal room. No one majoring or minor in organ I guess. Very sad if they are just getting rid of it for space." (Steven E. Lawson. May 4, 2017)
  • Updated by Mark Dennis, who has heard or played the organ. (Steven E. Lawson. May 4, 2017)
  • Updated by Scot Huntingotn, who gave this as the source of the information: On-line news story..

    On July 27, 2017, an online news story reported the organ is being removed due to "renovation of the Recital Hall". The story contained a video of the organ being removed to storage by SDG Pipe Organs, Millersville, Pennsylvania. The story reports the organ had recently been purchased through an online auction for $16,000 by the Park Forest United Methodist Church. A search for this name brings up Park Forest Village UMC in State College, Pennsylvania, which contains a 2-manual 1967 Wicks, listed on the database. Further confirmation is needed that this is the new destination for the organ and that it will replace the Wicks. (Database Manager. July 28, 2017)

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Console and Pipework. Photograph by David H. Fox 2012-10-25
Console. Photograph by David H. Fox 2012-10-25
Pipe Display. Photograph by David H. Fox 2012-10-25
Pedal (right), Positiv (center), Great (left), Pedal Principal 16' pipes behind main Pedal chest and Great.. Digital photograph by Mark Dennis 2017-04-04
Console. Photograph by Mark Dennis 2017-04-04

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  • Penn State Website -
    University Park, Pennsylvania
    Penn State University, Esber Recital Hall
    Holtkamp, Job 1793, 1965
    Quintadena 16’ 
    Principal 8’ 
    Gedackt 8’ (metal) 
    Octave 4’ 
    Spitzflöte 4’ 
    Doublette 2’ 
    Mixture IV
    Scharf III 
    Dulzian 16’ 
    Trumpet 8’ 
    Pos. to Gt. 16’ 
    Pos. to Gt.
    Copula 8’ 
    Principal 4’ 
    Rohrflöte 4’ 
    Octave 2’ 
    Blockflöte 2’ 
    Sesquialtera 2 2/3’ 
    Quinta 1 1/3’ 
    Fourniture III 
    Cromorne 8’
    Principal 16’ 
    Sub Bass 16’ 
    Quintadena 16’ (Gt.) 
    Octave 8’ 
    Gedackt 8’ (wood) 
    Choral Bass 4’ 
    Mixture IV 
    Fagott 16’ 
    Dulzian 16’ 
    Schalmey 4’ 
    Gt. to Ped. 
    Pos. to Ped.
     [Received from Jim Thompson 2015-02-26.]