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Wesley Methodist Church
114 Main & State Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01608

OHS Database ID 9352.

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Status and Condition

This organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition April 18, 2006.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Four manuals. 6 divisions. 56 stops. 68 registers. 67 ranks. 4146 pipes. 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. 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. 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

  • Skinner Organ Company, Boston, MA Op. 615, 1927; Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company, Boston, MA Op. 615-A, 615-B. 1955 (G. Donald Harrison); Berkshire Organ Company, West Springfield, MA, Op. 36, 1972. A-S replaced principals & mixtures. Berkshire replaced 6 stops. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from Scott Lamlein. -- Console Refurbished in 2000 by Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc., Northampton, MA: Orginal Skinner look and feel retained by use of original parts (drawknobs, pistons, toe studs/levers, key coverings), SSL multisystem combination action and relay, with Harris drawknob motors. Some stop names were changed to better reflect the Skinner heritage during the 2000 console renovation. (Database Manager. March 24, 2006)
  • 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:
    Four rank Swell Mixture added in 1927 and then replaced in 1930; rebuilt in 1955 by AEolian-Skinner, #615-A and B; rebuilt by Berkshire as their #36 in 1972. (Database Manager. April 15, 2006)

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Right Side Organ Façade. Photograph by Julien Girard 2009-08-01
Chancel. Photograph by Julien Girard 2009-08-01

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

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.
    Wesley Methodist, Worcester, MA
    1927 Skinner, Op. 615/1955 Aeolian-Skinner/1972 Berkshire, Op. 36
    GREAT: 61 notes, manual II
    
    Quintaton 16'
    Second Diapason 8'
    Erzahler 8'
    String Celeste (2 ranks) 8'
    Rohr Flute 8'
    Octave 4'
    Harmonic Flute 4'
    Fifteenth 2'
    Mixture IV
    Sesquialtera (TC) II
    * Ophicleide 16'
    * Tuba 8'
    * Clarion 4'
    Chimes (From echo)
    Harp (From Choir) 8'
    Celesta (From Choir) 4'
    * on high pressure in solo box
    
     
    
    SWELL: 61 notes, enclosed, manual III
    
    Bourdon 16'
    Diapason 8'
    Gamba 8'
    Voix Celeste (2 ranks) 8'
    Gedeckt 8'
    Flauto Dolce 8'
    Flute Celeste (TC) 8'
    Octave 4'
    Violina 4'
    Flute 4'
    Flautino 2'
    Mixture III
    Mixture IV
    Waldhorn 16' 
    Cornopean 8' 
    Flugel Horn 8' 
    Vox Humana 8'
    Clarion 4'
    Tremolo
    
    SOLO: 61 notes, enclosed, manual IV
    
    Gamba 8'
    Gamba Celeste 8'
    Orchestral Flute 8'
    French Horn 8'
    English Horn 8'
    Tuba Mirabilis 8'
    Tremolo
    
    CHOIR: 61 notes, enclosed, manual I
    
    Gamba 16'
    Kleine Erzahler (2 ranks) 8'
    Singendgedeckt 8'
    Flute (harmonic) 4'
    Nazard 2 2/3'
    Principal 2'
    Scharff III
    Orchestral Oboe 8'
    Clarinet 8'
    Tremolo
    Harp (steel bars) 8'
    Celesta (ext.) 4'
    
    ECHO (& ANTIPHONAL): 61 notes, enclosed, manual IV
    
    Diapason 8'
    Chimney Flute 8'
    Fern Flute 4'
    Tromba 8'
    Vox Humana 8'
    Tremolo
    Chimes
    
    PEDAL: 32 notes
    
    Resultant Diapason 32'
    Bourdon 32'
    Principal 16'
    Diapason 16'
    Violone 16'
    Ch. Gamba 16'
    Bourdon (ext.) 16'
    Sw. Echo Bourdon 16'
    Octave (ext.) 8'
    Gedeckt (ext.) 8'
    Sw. Still Gedeckt 8'
    Choral Bass (ext.) 4'
    Flute (ext.) 4'
    Mixture III
    Trombone 16'
    Sw. Waldhorn 16'
    Tromba (ext.) 8'
    Clarion (ext.) 4'
    
    COUPLERS by thumb pistons:
    
    Swell Unison On/Off
    Great Unison On/Off
    Choir Unison On/Off
    Solo Unison On/Off
    
    COUPLERS by tablets:
    
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'
    Choir to Great 16', 8', 4'
    Solo to Great 16', 8', 4'
    Swell to Choir 16', 8', 4'
    Solo to Choir 8'
    Solo to Swell 16', 8', 4'
    Swell to Solo 8'
    Great to Solo 8'
    Swell 16', 4'
    Choir 16', 4'
    Solo 16', 4'
    Great 4'
    Swell to Pedal 8', 4'
    Great to Pedal 8'
    Choir to Pedal 8', 4'
    Solo to Pedal 8', 4'
    Pedal 4'
    
    REVERSIBLES by thumb pistons:
    
    Sw. to Ped.
    Ch. to Ped.
    * Solo to Ped.
    * Gt. to Ped.
    * Sforz.
    * Duplicated by hitch-down pedal
    
    COMBINATIONS by thumb pistons:
    
    Great 1-2-3-4-5-6
    Swell 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8
    Choir 1-2-3-4-5-6-7
    Solo 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8
    Generals 1-2-3-4-5-6 (duplicated by toe studs)
    Pedal 1-2-3-4-5-6 (by toe studs only)
    
    MECHANICALS:
    
    Folds: Echo, Antiphonal (thumb pistons)
    (Echo opens echo shutters. Antiphonal closes Echo shutters, opens antiphonal shutters)
    Pedal to Comb. On/Off
    (one set for each manual division: couples pedal pistons to manual pistons)
    All Swells (Hitch-down pedal, with indicator light "All swells to Swell": makes all shutters answerable to the Swell
    Pedal)
    Echo/Both/Solo/Cancel (determines which division(s) manual IV controls)
    Balanced Choir Pedal
    Balanced Swell Pedal
    Balanced Solo and Echo Pedal
    Crescendo Pedal (with indicator light)
    
    ACCESSORIES:
    
    unlabelled Zimbelstern
    
    
  • Click Here Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.
  • Typed stoplist. Source: From Allen Kinzey
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Wesley Methodist Church
    
    Skinner Organ Company   Opus 615   1926        4 manuals, 56 stops, 67 ranks
    ____________________________________________________________________________
    
             GREAT ORGAN                             SWELL ORGAN
         16' Open Diapason       61              16' Bourdon             73
          8' First Diapason      61               8' Diapason            73
          8' Second Diapason     61               8' Gedeckt             73
          8' Claribel Flute      61               8' Gamba               73
          8' Erzähler            61               8' Voix Celeste II    146
          8' String Celeste II  122               8' Flauto Dolce        73
          4' Octave              61               8' Flute Celeste (TC)  61
          4' Harmonic Flute      61               4' Octave              73
          2' Fifteenth           61               4' Violina             73
         IV  Mixture            244               4' Flute Triangulaire  73
         16' Ophicleide          61 (in Solo)     2' Flautino            61
          8' Tuba                61 (in Solo)   III  Mixture            183
          4' Clarion             61 (in Solo)    IV  Mixture            244
             Chimes              EC              16' Waldhorn            73
          8' Harp (TC)           CH               8' Cornopean           73
          4' Celesta             CH               8' Flugel Horn         73
                                                  8' Vox Humana          73
             CHOIR ORGAN                          4' Clarion             73
         16' Gamba               73                  Tremolo
          8' Open Diapason       73
          8' Concert Flute       73                  PEDAL ORGAN
          8' Kleine Erzähler II 134              32' Diapason (resultant)--
          4' Flute               73              32' Bourdon             32
      2 2/3' Nazard              61              16' Principal           32
          2' Piccolo             61              16' Diapason            32
          8' Orchestral Oboe     73              16' Bourdon             12
          8' Clarinet            73              16' Violone             32
             Tremolo                             16' Gamba               CH
          8' Harp (TC)           --              16' Echo Bourdon        SW
          4' Celesta             61 bars          8' Octave              12
                                                  8' Gedeckt             12
             SOLO ORGAN                           8' Still Gedeckt       SW
          8' Gamba               73               4' Super Octave        12
          8' Gamba Celeste       73               4' Flute               12
          8' Orchestral Flute    73              16' Trombone            32
          8' Tuba Mirabilis      73              16' Waldhorn            SW
          8' French Horn         73               8' Tromba              12
          8' English Horn        73               4' Clarion             12
             Tremolo                                 Chimes              EC
     
             ECHO ORGAN
          8' Diapason            73
          8' Chimney Flute       73
          4' Fern Flute          73
          8' Tromba              73
          8' Vox Humana          73
             Tremolo
             Chimes              25 tubes
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-06-13]
    
    
  • Click Here Typed stoplist. Source: From Allen Kinzey Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.