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Holtkamp Organ Co. (Opus 1809, 1967)

Location:

Ascension Episcopal Church
36 Fifth Avenue at 10th Street
New York City: Manhattan, NY 10011 US
Church
Organ ID: 41884

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 81 ranks. 4,441 pipes. 5 divisions. 4 manuals. 67 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Exposed pipes visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 67
  • Position: Console in fixed position, left.
  • 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: Non-traditional style, as consoles by Holtkamp, Schlicker, et al.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Setterboard (remote or in console).
  • 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 Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on December 11, 2019:

From the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project: Under the leadership of Vernon de Tar, Organist and Choirmaster from 1939-1981, a new organ was built in 1967 by the Holtkamp Organ Company of Cleveland, Ohio. At Mr. de Tar's insistence, Holtkamp provided a fourth manual for a Solo division that incorporated selected ranks from the previous Ernest M. Skinner Organ, Opus 860 (1931), although the Skinner reeds were revoiced to play on lower pressure. The retained Skinner ranks were from the Solo (Flauto Dolce, Flute Celeste, English Horn, French Horn and Orchestral Oboe), Swell (Vox Humana) and Choir: (Clarinet).

Holtkamp installed the organ on both sides of the chancel. To the left of the chancel were exposed pipes of the Great, Positiv and Pedal divisions, behind which was the enclosed Swell division. On the opposite side of the chancel was a chamber for the enclosed Solo division, the tonal opening of which was masked by a façade. The detached four-manual stop-key console was on a raised platform between the choir stalls and pulpit, allowing the organist to direct and hear the divided choir.

The organ was dedicated at the 11am Morning Prayer service on Sunday, January 15, 1967. In lieu of the usual sermon, Vernon de Tar played a "sermon in music" – organ works from many centuries and nationalities – and the choir sang grand anthems. One week later, Mr. de Tar played the dedicatory concert. In the next months several great organists were heard in recitals, including Robert Baker, André Marchal, Charles Krigbaum, Jack Hennigan, Marilyn Mason and Leonard Raver.

After 43 years of service, the Holtkamp organ was used for the last time on Sunday, December 27, 2009. The organ was sold to a family for their Oregon residence.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 12, 2019.

Database Manager on March 30, 2011:

Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- Holtkamp organ was used for the last time on Sunday, December 27, 2009. The organ was sold to a family for their Oregon residence. (NYC AGO Web site)

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

Database Manager on January 18, 2011:

Updated through online information from Connor Annable.

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

Database Manager on October 29, 2010:

Updated through online information from Steven E. Lawson.

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

Database Manager on November 07, 2009:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield.

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

Database Manager on August 16, 2009:

Identified through research conducted by Sand Lawn, courtesy of David Scribner.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist courtesy of the NYC Organ Project http://nycago.org/Organs/NYC/index.html
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by Steven E. Lawson. Taken on 2009-09-09

Console: Photograph by Steven E. Lawson. Taken on 2009-09-09

Holtkamp setter boards: Photograph by Steven E. Lawson. Taken on 2009-09-09

Chancel and exposed pipes: Photograph by Steven E. Lawson.

Chancel and exposed pipes: Photograph by Steven E. Lawson. Taken on 2009-09-09

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