Pipe Organ Database

a project of the organ historical society

Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. (1936)

Location:

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN US
Northrup Auditorium
Organ ID: 24688

Update This Entry

Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Colleges and Universities
  • 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 November 20, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 108 ranks. 7,068 pipes. 5 divisions. 4 manuals. 81 stops. 101 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on November 20, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 81
  • Registers: 101
  • Position: Movable console.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on November 20, 2018.
Database Manager on November 20, 2018:

Updated by Michael Barone, who has heard or played the organ.

All original pipework and chests were repaired and retained. Though the pipework stands on what was the original chamber floor, it no longer speaks through a tone-chute and instead delivers directly into the reduced-size auditorium. Projection and detail are much enhanced over the original layout, though some overall sense of opulence has been sacrificed as a result of the reduction of cubic volume in the room.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on November 20, 2018:

Updated by Bruce Jacobs, listing this web site as a source of information: http://www.northrop.umn.edu/events/northrops-historic-pipe-organ-resounding-success.

The auditorium size has been dramatically reduced, allowing the acoustical shell which had obstructed the sound of the organ to be removed.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on May 07, 2018:
We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on November 20, 2018.

Database Manager on July 10, 2017:

Updated by Douglas Johnson
The organ is in the process of reinstallation by Foley-Baker

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

Database Manager on April 17, 2015:

Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- The hall was rebuilt between 2011 and 2014, and the organ was placed in storage. The hall re-opened in 2014 with fewer seats but greatly improved acoustics. On April 2, 2015, University president Eric Kaler announced the presentation of a four million dollar gift to the university, part of which would be used to return the organ to Northrop Hall. (source Minneapolis Post article dated 4/03/2015)

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

Database Manager on March 02, 2011:

Updated through online information from Richard C Greene. -- The Northrop Auditorium is being rebuilt. The room will be downsized from a 4800 seat to a 2800 seat auditorium. Foley-Baker, Inc. has removed the 1936, 108r G. Donald Harrison Aeolian Skinner. The chambers are being redesigned, and the grille will be made more sound-transparent. There are no plans to change the specification or tonal design of the organ.

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

Database Manager on November 16, 2006:

Identified 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:
Additions to Op. 892B (1934)

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From Allen Kinzey via <i>The Aeolian-Skinner Archives</i>
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Auditorium Exterior: Photograph by Brad Engelland. Taken on 2017-08-08

Stage and console: Photograph by Chris Stroh, via Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-10-12

Console: Photograph by THE TRACKER, via Jonathan Bowen, submitted by Jeff Scofield.

Auditorium exterior: Photograph from an archival source: northrop.umn.edu, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 1929

Auditorium exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Wikipedia, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2010-03-17

Console: Photograph by THE DIAPASON, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 2018

Console: Photograph by northrop.umn.edu, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 2018

Auditorium interior and console: Photograph by Foley-Baker, Inc., submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 2018

Console: Photograph by Foley-Baker, Inc.. Taken approx. 2018

This instrument has been viewed 1,072 times.