The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, Alabama 35229

Wright Center

OHS Database ID 59863.

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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 is used occasionally.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition May 3, 2017.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) unit chests.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 13 stops. 57 registers. 18 ranks. Manual compass is 61 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. Non-traditional style console. The console is in a fixed position, right.

Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs.


  • This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ.
    Identified by Richard Byrd, who has heard or played the organ.
    Originally installed in a large, rectangular case capable of being moved about the Wright Center concert hall stage. The console was on its own movable platform. Around 1999, it was removed from case arrangement and installed house-right in a "swallow's nest" configuration. Console lives one level below pipework. (Database Manager. February 26, 2017)
  • Updated by Richard Byrd, who has heard or played the organ. (Steven E. Lawson. May 3, 2017)

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  • Dedication Program Book. Specification. Author: From James Stettner Source: Printed page 8.5 x 11. Document Date. Unknown. Document received from James R. Stettner 2017-05-03.

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Original Case, Console, Facade Pipework. Photo from Dedication Booklet; courtesy of Richard Byrd (1973)

Pipe organs in Alabama sponsored by Hayes Pipe Organ Service.

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  • Typed specification. Source: From James Stettner
    Birmingham, Alabama
    Samford University - Wright Center
    Schlicker Organ Co.   1973
    2 manuals, 57 registers, 13 stops, 18 ranks
             GREAT ORGAN             SWELL ORGAN             PEDAL ORGAN
         16' Rohrgedeckt          8' Hohlfloete          32' Contra-Principal
          8' Principal            8' Rohrfloete          32' Untersatz
          8' Hohlfloete           8' Salicional          16' Principal
          8' Salicional           8' Celeste (TC)        16' Subbass
          4' Octave               4' Principal           16' Rohrgedeckt
          4' Rohrfloete           4' Nachthorn            8' Octave
      2 2/3' Nasat                4' Salicional           8' Rohrfloete
          2' Octave               4' Celeste              8' Salicional
          2' Nachthorn        2 2/3' Nasat                4' Octave
      1 3/5' Terz                 2' Octave               4' Hohlfloete
      1 1/3' Klein-Nasat          2' Rohrfloete           4' Rohrfloete
             Mixture III-IV   1 3/5' Terz                 2' Nachthorn
             Scharf III           1' Siffloete               Rauschpfeife III
         16' Bombarde                Scharf III          32' Contra-Bombarde
         16' Schalmei            16' Schalmei            16' Bombarde
          8' Trompette            8' Trompette           16' Schalmei
          8' Schalmei             8' Schalmei             8' Trompette
          4' Clairon              4' Schalmei             8' Schalmei
                                     Tremolo              4' Clairon
                                                          4' Schalmei
                                                          2' Clairon-Doublette
                  SUMMARY OF PIPES                           COMBINATION ACTION
         16' Principal           12 pipes*                   Great    4  (thumb)
         16' Subbass             32 pipes*                   Swell    4  (thumb)
         16' Rohrgedeckt         73 pipes**                  Pedal    4  (toe)
          8' Principal           12 pipes*                   General  8  (thumb & toe)
          8' Hohlfloete          61 pipes                    Cancel      (thumb)
          8' Salicional          73 pipes                    Setter      (thumb)
          8' Celeste (TC)        61 pipes                    Sforzando   (thumb)
          4' Octave              61 pipes*
          2' Nachthorn           61 pipes
      1 3/5' Terz                56 pipes
      1 1/3' Klein-Nasat         54 pipes
             Mixture III-IV     225 pipes
             Scharf III         183 pipes
         16' Trompette           73 pipes*
             (1-12 vertical; 13-73 horizontal)
         16' Schalmei            73 pipes
           * Not enclosed in Swell box
          ** Low octave not enclosed in Swell box
  • Click Here Typed specification. Source: From James Stettner Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.