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Austin Organs, Inc. (Opus 2215, 1955)

Location:

Asbury First United Methodist Church
24 E. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14614 US
Organ ID: 12011

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on June 24, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Austin Universal Air
  • 76 ranks. 5 divisions. 4 manuals. 58 stops. 70 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Austin Universal Air chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on June 24, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 58
  • Registers: 70
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on June 24, 2018.
Database Manager on June 24, 2018:

The large, four-manual Austin Organ, Opus 2215, was installed in 1955 and voiced by Richard J. Piper, then tonal director of the Austin Organ Company. Several other organ builders bid for the project, including Aeolian-Skinner, Möller, and Schantz, but in September 1953 the church-s organ committee awarded the contract to the Austin Organs, Inc. at the price of $68,529. Alexander McCurdy played the dedication recital on Sunday evening, September 25, 1955. The program included works by J.S Bach, Brahms, Dupré, Langlais, and Schumann, as well as pieces specifically for the Schulmerich "Carillonic Bells.”

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on June 24, 2018:

This instrument is an example of Austin-s mid-century take on the American Classic style. Of generally small scale pipework, the instrument as installed was insufficient to fill the sanctuary. In 1967 Austin was invited to remedy the problem and added a Solo division with a large mixture and a battery of extremely loud reeds.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on June 13, 2009:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- Renovated and Solo added in 1967; 32' Bourdon and V Cornet added in 1993.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on December 21, 2004:

Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. website, accessed December 20, 2004: http://www.austinorgans.com/organ-research.htm.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
from OHS 2018 Convention Handbook: Open In New Tab Typed Specification
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Instrument Images:

Front of church: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2011-11-22

Left side chambers: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2011-11-22

Right side chambers: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2011-11-22

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