The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Duke University
4 Chapel Dr.
Durham, North Carolina 27708


OHS Database ID 5549.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 272, 2001-06-27.

Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
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 February 14, 2011.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 5 divisions. 101 ranks. 6727 pipes. Manual compass is 73 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.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. 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.


  • Antiphonal division was removed in 1975. Altered 1948 by Aeolian-Skinner. Restoration in 1993-2001 by Norman Ryan. 2001 specifications, 81 stops, 102 ranks. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from David Ritch. -- The organ was removed and completely reconditioned by Foley-Baker, Inc. All of the past alterations were documented and researched in order to return the organ to the original Aeolian scheme. However, the original four manual console was deemed beyond preservation and was replaced by a new one in a similar style, built by Richard Houghten. One new rank was added to the organ; the 8’ Festival Trumpet. It was rededicated on February 8, 2009 as the Kathleen Upton Byrns McClendon Organ. (Database Manager. June 21, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from John Santoianni. -- The original console is currently in the Biddle Music Building on Duke's East Campus. (Database Manager. February 14, 2011)

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  • Ambrosino, Jonathan. "Cover Feature: Duke University Chapel; Durham, North Carolina," The Diapason (Vol. 103, No. 4 [April 2012], pp.25-27). [Description of organ and 2009 restoration by Foley-Baker, Inc.]

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Organ. Photograph by David Ritch 2008-09-17
Chancel and Pipe Facades. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2000-05-10

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  • From rededication brochure - Februaury 2009
    Durham, North Carolina	
    Duke University Chapel	
    The Æolian Company  Op.1785  1932 	
    Restoration by Foley-Baker, Inc. 2009	
    GREAT 	                                CHOIR 
    32´     Quintaton (T.C.) 	        16´     Gamba (ext.) 
    16´     Diapason 	                 8´     Diapason 
    16´     Bourdon (Pedal,ext.) 	         8´     Viole d’orchestre 
     8´     First Diapason 	                 8´     Viole celeste 
     8´     Second Diapason 	         8´     Concert Flute 
     8´     Third Diapason 	                 8´     Quintadena 
     8´     Gemshorn 	                 8´     Dulciana
     8´     Principal Flute 	         8´     Dulciana celeste 
     8´     Doppel Flute 	                 4´     Violina 
    5 1/3´  Quint 	                         4´     Harmonic Flute 
     4´     Octave 	                        2 2/3´  Nazard
     4´     Principal 	                 2´     Piccolo 
     4´     Flute 	                        1 3/5´  Tierce 
    3 1/5´  Tenth 	                        1 1/7´  Septieme 
    2 2/3´  Twelfth 	                16´     Fagotto 
     2´     Fifteenth 	                 8´     Trumpet 
     V      Harmonics V 	                 8´     Corno di bassetto 
    III-VI  Plein Jeu 	                 8´     Orchestral Oboe 
    16´     Contra Tromba 	                 8´     Tuba mirabilis (Solo)
     8´     Trombone (Pedal)	         8´     Festival Trumpet
     8´     Tromba 	                         8´     Harp 
     4´     Octave Tromba 	                 4´     Celesta (from Harp,ext.) 
     8´     Tuba mirabilis (Solo)	                Tremolo
     8´     Festival Trumpet (new,floating) 	Chimes 
    SWELL 	                                SOLO 
    16´     Bourdon 	                 8´     Stentorphone 
     8´     Diapason 	                 8´     Gamba 
     8´     Geigen Diapason 	         8´     Gamba celeste 
     8´     Gamba 	                         8´     Flauto mirabilis 
     8´     Gamba celeste 	                 4´     Octave 
     8´     Salicional 	                 4´     Orchestral Flute 
     8´     Voix celeste 	                 V      Mixture 
     8´     Rohrflute 	                16´     Tuba 
     8´     Cor de nuit 	                 8´     Tuba mirabilis 
     8´     Flauto dolce 	                 8´     Tuba 
     8´     Flute celeste 	                 8´     French Horn 
     4´     Octave 	                         8´     English Horn 
     4´     Fugara 	                         4´     Clarion 
     4´     Flute triangulaire	                Tremolo
    2 2/3´ Nazard	                                Chimes
     2´     Piccolo 	            
     2´     Flautino	            
    1 3/5´ Tierce	           
     V      Cornet 	
     V      Chorus Mixture 	
    16´     Posaune 	
     8´     French Trumpet 	
     8´     Cornopean 	
     8´     Oboe 	
     8´     Vox humana 	
     4´     Clarion 	
     8´     Harp 	
     4´     Celesta 	
    32´     Diapason (from Pedal Diapason, ext.) 	
    32´     Bourdon (from Bourdon 16’; 1-12 in common with Diapason 32’)	
    16´     Contrabass 	
    16´     Diapason 	
    16´     Diapason (Great)	
    16´     Bourdon 	
    16´     Gamba (Choir)	
    16´     Echo Lieblich (from Swell Bourdon)	
    10 2/3´ Quint (from Pedal Bourdon)	
     8´     Octave (from Diapason, ext.) 	
     8´     Principal 	
     8´     Gedeckt (from Pedal Bourdon 16’)	
     8´     Stille Gedeckt (from Swell Bourdon 16’)	
    5 1/3´  Twelfth (from Pedal Bourdon 16’)	
     4´     Flute (from Pedal Bourdon 16’)	
     V      Harmonics 	
    32´     Bombarde (from Pedal Trombone, ext.) 	
    32´     Fagotto (from Choir, ext.) 	
    16´     Trombone 	
    16´     Tuba (Solo)	
    16´     Tromba (Great)	
    16´     Fagotto (from Choir Fagotto 16’, ext.)	
    10 2/3´ Quint Trombone (from Great Contra Tromba 16’)	
     8´     Trombone (ext.) 	
     8´     Tuba mirabilis (Solo)	
     8´     Festival Trumpet	
     4´     Clarion (ext.) 	
            Chimes (Choir)	
     [Received on line from David Ritch June 22, 2009.]
  • Click Here From rededication brochure - Februaury 2009 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.