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Robert Noehren (1961)

Location:

Howe Military Acadamy
Union Street
Howe, IN 46746 US
All Saints Chapel
Organ ID: 52850

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: High Schools, Preparatory Schools, and Academies
  • The organ is extant in this location, possibly in 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 May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Direct electric
  • 35 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 22 stops. 26 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Direct electric chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 22
  • Registers: 26
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Manual Compass: 56
  • 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: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: No enclosed divisions.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on November 27, 2016:

Updated through online information from Dr. Franklin S. Miller.
Stop preparation for Gemshorn 8',Gemshorn Celeste 8' and Cymbal III, though, as I recall, there is no space on the chests. A few years ago I had correspondence with a former organ student of mine from Howe, who seemed to think the Gemshorn and Celeste had been added at one time. I have no confirmation of this.
There is a photo of the instrument in the September, 1961 issue of "The Diapason", as well as a discussion by Noehren in the 1960 two-manual issue of the same publication (There are a couple of discrepancies regarding number of ranks from my description above--sorry!) I discuss the instrument in detail on pages 173-177 of my autobiography "My Life in Music", published in 2001. (You might find it at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army for around 99 cents!)

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

Database Manager on July 02, 2014:

Updated through online information from Timothy E. Conyers. -- The Howe Military Academy is sponsored by the Episcopal Church. Sunday services and large gatherings are held in this chapel.

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

Database Manager on June 30, 2014:

This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ. Identified by Timothy E. Conyers, using information from this web site: http://www.thehoweschool.org/all-saints-chapel.aspx. -- The chapel was built in 1961 and seats 500. Above the altar is a large wood carving of the Last Supper. The stained glass depicts the life of Christ. The organ was built by Robert Noehren and placed within a case in the rear gallery. Some pipes are exposed to form a facade. The console is detached, facing the case, and centered in the gallery. The floors are tile and there are no cushions on the oak pews, allowing the organ to speak clearly in the room.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
assisted in designing the instrument; was organist and director of music at Howe from 1957 to 1963: Open In New Tab Original document from Franklin S. Miller. Originally published 2017-01-02
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Chapel Exterior: Photograph by Timothy E. Conyers. Taken on 2009-08-01

Nave, Balcony, and Organ Case: Archival Photograph from the collection of Dr. Franklin S. Miller. Taken approx. ca. 1961

Organ Case and Console: Archival Photograph from the collection of Dr. Franklin S. Miller.

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