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Groton School
282 Farmers Row
Groton, Massachusetts 01450

St. John's Chapel

OHS Database ID 7400.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
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 November 24, 2017.
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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Three manuals. 6 divisions. 74 stops. 94 ranks. 5061 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is movable.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. 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.

Notes

  • Altered G. D. Harrison and E. B. Gammons 1948, 1954, etc; altered Kinzey-Angerstein 1981, console rebuilt and Great and Positive revoiced, 3-91. 2/92 form - stop list. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
    Replaced 1900 three manual Geo. S. Hutchings; alterations and additions from 1945 through 1993. Retoration work by Nelson Barden & Associates ongoing since 1990. (Database Manager. November 24, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from Michael Smith. -- This organ was arguably the prototype for Harrison's vision of the American Classic organ movement. The updates described above reference a renovation/restoration completed in 2003 by Jonathan Ambrosino and Mike Foley. (Database Manager. June 30, 2010)
  • Updated by Dan Moriarty, who has heard or played the organ. (Steven E. Lawson. November 24, 2017)

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Front of chapel with organ case. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2009-05-07
Organ case. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2009-05-07

Pipe organs in Massachusetts sponsored by Mssrs. Czelusniak et Dugal.

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist. Source: from Allen Kinzey
    Groton, Massachusetts
    Groton School - St. John's Chapel
    
    Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Inc.   Opus 936   1935-1962
    3 manuals, 68 stops, 92 ranks
    ______________________________________________________________________________
    
    There were many alterations and additions by the company from 1945 to 1962,
    including relocating the console, tonal additions, alterations and revoicing.
    The Processional organ was relocated to the console's former niche. Here is an
    overview of the company's work thru 1962:
    
             GREAT ORGAN
         16' Sub Principal          61
          8' Diapason               61
          8' Principal              61
          8' Flute Harmonique       61   (replaced by ex-PO 8' Rohrflöte)
          8' Gemshorn               61
      5 1/3' Grosse Quinte          61
          4' Octave                 61
          4' Principal              61
      3 1/5' Grosse Tierce          61   (replaced by 4' Flute Couverte)
      2 2/3' Quinte                 61
          2' Superoctave            61
      1 3/5' Tierce                 61   (replaced by ex-PO 2' Blockflöte)
         IV  Full Mixture          244   (reworked as IV Sesquialtera)
         IV  Fourniture            244
        III  Cymbel                183   (replaced by ex-PO III Scharf reworked)
          8' Bombarde               73   (later addition)
     
             SWELL ORGAN
         16' Flute Conique          73
          8' Geigen                 73
          8' Gedeckt                73
          8' Viole de Gambe         73
          8' Viole Celeste          73
          8' Flauto Dolce           --   (from 16' Flute Conique)
          8' Echo Viole             73   (replaced by Flute Cel 54 GG)
          4' Octave Geigen          73
          4' Flute Triangulaire     73   (replaced by ex-GT 4' Flute Oct)
          4' Fugara                 73
      2 2/3' Nazard                 61
          2' Fifteenth              61
      1 3/5' Tierce                 61
         VI  Plein Jeu             366   (divided into III Mixture with one new
                                          rank 183 and IV Plein Jeu 244)
         16' Bombarde               73   (replaced in kind)
          8' Trompette I            73   (replaced in kind)
          8' Trompette II           73   (replaced by Hautbois)
          8' Vox Humana             61
          4' Clarion                73   (replacedl by ex-CH 8' Tromp Harm)
             Tremolo
          8' Gedeckt - Processional in choir vestibule, eliminated
          8' Viola - Processional in choir vestibule, eliminated
     
             CHOIR ORGAN
         16' Quintaton              73
          8' Viola                  73
          8' Orchestral Flute       73
          8' Dulciana               73
          8' Unda Maris (TC)        61
          4' Lieblich Flute         73   (replaced by 4' Nachthorn)
          2' Zauberflöte            61
         16' English Horn           73
          8' Trompette Harmonique   61   (replaced by ex-SW Trompette II)
          8' Clarinet               73
          4' Rohrschalmei           73   (later addition)
             Tremolo
          8' Bombarde               GT   (later addition)
          8' Gedeckt               PRO   (eliminated)
          8' Viola                 PRO   (eliminated)
     
             POSITIF ORGAN
          8' Rohrflöte              61   (replaced by 8' Singendgedeckt)
          4' Principal              61
          4' Koppelflöte            61
      2 2/3' Nazard                 61
          2' Blockflöte             61   (replaced by 2' Principal)
      1 3/5' Tierce                 61   (reworked)
          1' Sifflöte               61   (shifted to 1 1/3' Larigot)
         IV  Scharf                244   (replaced by IV Cymbel)
     
             PEDAL ORGAN
         32' Contrebasse            12
         16' Principal              32
         16' Contrebasse            32
         16' Bourdon                32
         16' Flute Conique          SW
         16' Quintaton              GT   (later addition)
     10 2/3' Grosse Quinte          32
          8' Octave                 32
          8' Flute Ouverte          32
          8' Cello                  12
          8' Gedeckt                SW
      5 1/3' Quinte                 32
          4' Super Octave           32
          4' Flute Harmonique       32   (harm portions of pipe cut off)
          4' Gedeckt                SW
          2' Waldflöte              32   (later additions)
        III  Mixture                96
        III  Fourniture             96
         16' Bombarde               32
         16' English Horn           CH
          8' Trompette              32
          4' Clairon                32
             Processional
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-11-24]
    
    
  • Click Here Typed stoplist. Source: from Allen Kinzey Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.