The OHS Pipe Organ Database

University of South Dakota
Vermillion, South Dakota

OHS Database ID 48353.

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 November 2, 2011.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Four manuals. 5 divisions. 29 stops. 40 registers. 34 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room.

AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. 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.


  • Identified through online information from Paul Lohman. -- Additions/Completion of original Skinner design; main part of the organ was historically restored by the Schantz Organ Company in 2011. Alterations by Eugene Doutt either did not occur or had been restored by 2009. Though it was noted that the organ had been placed in storage, it was never placed in storage and has always resided in the existing chambers. The previously "prepared" Solo Division was completed by Schantz in 2011. The Solo was placed in an enclosure above the Choir Division. The Tuba Mirabilis was previously installed unenclosed above the proscenium. Schantz built an enclosure above the proscenium for this stop. The console was previously situated on the main floor of the auditorium. It now is located on the stage, is moveable and has 3 disconnectable plug-in locations. (Database Manager. July 28, 2011)

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Console. Photograph by Paul Lohman 2011-05-19
Console, Stage, and Pipe Facade. Photograph by Paul Lohman 2011-05-19
Auditorium Interior, Stage, Console, and Pipe Facades. Photograph by Paul Lohman 2011-05-11
Console and Pipe Facade. Photograph by Tim Handle 2012-09-05

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  • Stoplist from factory specifications
    Vermillion, South Dakota
    Built by Skinner Organ Company         1925    Opus 548
    Restoration by Schantz Organ Company   2011
    GREAT:                          CHOIR:
       16' Bourdon [PD]                8' Diapason 73
        8' Major Diapason 61           8' Concert Flute 73
        8' Minor Diapason 61           4' Flute 73
        8' Clarabel Flute 61           8' Clarinet 73
        8' Gedeckt [SW]                   Tremolo
        8' Gamba [SW]    
        8' Flute Celeste II [SW]    SOLO:
        4' Octave 61                   8' Flauto Mirabilis 73 *
        4' Flute [SW]                  8' Gamba 73 *
        8' Tromba 61                   8' Gamba Celeste 73 *
        8' Cornopean [SW]              8' French Horn 73 *
                                       8' Tuba Mirabilis 73
    SWELL:                                Tremolo
       16' Bourdon 73 
        8' Diapason 73              PEDAL:
        8' Gedeckt 73                 16' Open Diapason 44
        8' Gamba 73                   16' Bourdon 44
        8' Voix Celeste II 146        16' Echo Bourdon [SW]
        8' Flauto Dolce 73             8' Octave
        8' Flute Celeste [TC] 61       8' Gedeckt 
        4' Flute Triangulaire 73       8' Still Gedeckt [SW]
        V  Mixture 305                16' Trombone 44 *
        8' Cornopean 73                8' Tromba
        8' Corno d'Amore 73
        8' Vox Humana 73
           Tremolo                     * Replica Pipework
    [Received online from Chad Boorsma • October 30, 2011]
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