The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Occidental College
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, California 90041

OHS Database ID 57034.

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Status and Condition

This organ is no longer whole; parts were dispersed, and some may have been re-used in a different installation.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition October 27, 2015.

Technical Details

Two manuals. 12 ranks.


  • Altered and relocated existing organ. Identified by Edmond Johnson, using information found in Archival Materials (Special Collections, Occidental College). -- (Database Manager. October 27, 2015)

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  • Stoplist copied from dedication program booklet (October 16, 1955)
    Los Angeles, California
    Occidental College
    Alumni Chapel, Johnson Hall
    Murray M. Harris / Los Angeles Art Organ Co., op. 49 (See note below)
    The Georgina Milligan Skjeie Memorial Organ
    8   Open Diapason     61 
    8   Melodia           61*
    8   Dulciana          61
    8   Viola da Gamba    61
    4   Flute d'Amour     61
    16  Bourdon           61
    8   Violin Diapason   61
    8   Stopped Diapason  61
    8   Salicional        61
    8   Voix Celeste (tc) 49
    4   Harmonic Flute    61
    16  Bourdon           32
    16  Gedeckt (swell)   --
    *The ca.1905 stoplist includes a 8' Concert Flute in the place of the 8' Melodia. 
    It is unclear whether this is a new rank or simply a change in nomenclature. 
    Note: This organ was built ca. 1905 by the Los Angeles Art Organ Company, 
    the successor firm to the Murray M. Harris Organ Company. Originally installed 
    as a residence organ at Scripps Hall in Altadena, it was acquired by Occidental 
    College in 1955 and reinstalled in Alumni Chapel. In David Lennox Smith's _Murray 
    M. Harris: Organ Building in Los Angeles, 1894-1913_ (OHS, 2005) it states that 
    "the original Fleming chests were retained and rebuilt by Pipe Organs Inc. An 
    Estey console and a few new ranks were added." The program booklet for the organ's 
    1955 dedication attributed the organ to Murray M. Harris, though that name was not 
    used at the time of the instruments construction and Harris himself passed away over 
    the thirty years before the organ was moved to Occidental College. It is not known 
    what name, if any, was affixed to the console.  
     [Received from Edmond Johnson 2015-11-01.]