The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Pacific Lutheran University
Parkland (Tacoma), Washington 98444

Ness Family Chapel (formerly, Tower Chapel)

OHS Database ID 59.

Status and Condition

The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 20, 2013.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 7 stops. 7 registers. 8 ranks. Manual compass is 56 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on flat jambs. No enclosed divisions. No combination action. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Hitchdown couplers.


  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- According to a September 19, 2013 Facebook post by David Dahl, "The organ was the gift of the Class of 1960 assisted by the Classes of '59 and '62. The German built 7 stop 8 rank tracker organ was restored by the Paul Fritts & Co. Organ Builders of Parkland, WA, with Bruce Shull as director of the project. The tonal voicing and key action have been upgraded, resulting in a greatly improved sound and playing mechanism. A re-dedication and 50th anniversary of the organ event is being planned for early in 2014." (Database Manager. September 20, 2013)

Online Documents

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  • Pape, Uwe. The Tracker Organ Revival in America. (Berlin: Pape Verlag, 1977), 110 [0]

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Assembled Organ without the Case. Photograph by David P. Dahl 2013-09-11
Organ Case. Photograph by David P. Dahl 2013-09-18

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  • Original document from Bruce Shull.. Source: Stoplist from key desk

  • Parkland (Tacoma), WA
    Pacific Lutheran University
    Organ by Werner Bosch
    Manual I
    Gedackt     8'
    Principal   4'
    Mixtur      II
    Manual II
    Holzgedackt 8'
    Rohrflöte   4'
    Spitzflöte  2'
    Fagott     16'
  • Original document from Bruce Shull.. Source: Stoplist from key desk Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.