Organs at DePauw

The School of Music was established on the campus of DePauw University in 1884, evolving from a small department begun in 1882 by Professor of Mathematics John P. D. John. The School of Music was open to three classes of students: candidates for the Bachelor of Music; candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Literature in the College of Liberal Arts; and “persons who wish to pursue music to greater or lesser extent.”  Those in the first group were required to have two years of piano study before entering the school and to continue that study during the freshman year. After that they could choose piano, organ, violin, voice or any orchestral instrument.

In 1911 Van Denman Thompson joined the School of Music faculty. He worked with School of Music Dean Robert McCutchan to improve the daily chapel programs.  A student quartet was formed to lead hymn singing until the new Casavant organ could be installed in Meharry Hall in 1913. Thompson also formed a chapter of the American Guild of Organists on the DePauw campus in 1925, and he was a major contributor to the growth of the School of Music.

In 1976 the School of Music moved into its new home in the Performing Arts Center. The new facilities contained Kresge Auditorium, Moore Theatre, Thompson Recital Hall, classrooms, practice rooms and seven organs.  In 2007 the organs in the organ studio and organ practice rooms were moved to their new spaces in the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts.

Organ study has been an integral part of the School of Music since 1884, and DePauw graduates have become successful church musicians, organ builders, ministers, university professors, private music instructors and conductors.

J. Stanford Smith Concert Organ Sound Excerpts

Organ Specifications

Von-Beckerath Organ | Located in Thompson Recital Hall

Manual I
1. Rohrflote 8'
2. Principal 4'
3. Waldflöte 2'
4. Mixture III-IV
5. Musette 8'
Pedal
12. Subbass 16'
13. Gedackt 8'
14. Nachthorn 4'
   
Couplers: II/I, I/Pd, II/Pd  
Tremolo  
Manuals: 56 keys  
Pedal: 32 keys  

Aeolian Skinner Organ | Located in East College Meharry Hall

Aeolian Skinner Organ: 2 manual, 14 ranks, Electro-pneumatic

Great
1. Chimney Flute 8'
2. Principal 4'
3. Octave 2'
4. Mixture III
5. Tremolo  
6. Great/Great 16'
7. Great unison off  
8. Great/Great 4'
9. Positiv/Great 8'
Positiv
10. Gedeckt 8'
11. Rohrflöte 4'
12. Nazard 2 2/3'
13. Nachthorn 2'
14. Tierce 1 3/5'
15. Tremolo  
16. Positiv/Positiv 16'
17. Positiv unison off  
18. Positiv/Positiv 4'
Pedal
19. Bourdon 16'
20. Spitz Principal 8'
21. Bourdon 8'
22. Spitz Principal 4'
23. Bourdon 4'
24. Spitz Principal 2'
25. Krummhorn 4'
26. Great/Pedal  
27. Positiv/Pedal  

Fisk Studio Organ | Located in Green Center 1109

Choir
1. Gemshorn 2'
2. Quintadena 8'
Great
3. Mixture III
4. Sesquialtera II
5. Prestant 4'
6. Stopt Diapason 8'
7. Choir/Great  
Pedal 
8. Flute 8'
9. Bourdon 16'
10. Great/Pedal  
11. Choir/Pedal  

J. Stanford Smith Concert Organ | Located in Kresge Auditorium

The pipe organ in Kresge Auditorium of the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts was designed and built by Wolff & Associées Ltée. from Laval, Quebec Canada. The organ, nestled in the west wall of the auditorium, has three manuals, pedal, and includes 41 speaking stops, 56 ranks, and 2,848 pipes.

This magnificent instrument has been a significant contribution to organ study at DePauw, and makes possible performances that span the body of literature written for the instrument. In addition, the organ has been a wonderful collaborative instrument, as there are extensive collections of works written for organ and choir, band, orchestra, and chamber ensembles.

The first dedication concert was performed on April 24, 2003 by Carla Edwards, University Organist. A series of additional dedication concerts took place during the academic year 2003-2004.

GRAND-ORGUE Manual I   no. of pipes
1. Bourdon 16' wood & metal 58
2. Montre I-II 8' tin, facade (2nd rank from ten. e) 101
3. Flûte à conique 8' wood & metal 58
4. Flûte harmonique 8' tin (C-G common with no. 3) 50
5. Prestant 4' tin 58
6. Flûte à fuseau 4' metal 58
7. Nazard 2 2/3' metal 58
8. Doublette 2' tin 58
9. Quarte de Nazard 2' metal 58
10. Tierce 1 3/5' metal 58
11. Fourniture IV-V tin (5a' added when no. 1 is drawn) 266
12. Trompette allemande 8' tin (German style) 58
13. Trompette 8' tin (French style) 58
RÉCIT (under expression) Manual II   no. of pipes
14. Flûte à cheminée 8' wood & metal 58
15. Viole de gambe 8' tin 58
16. Voix celeste 8' tin from tenor c 46
17. Prestant 4' tin 58
18. Flûte ouverte 4' metal 58
19. Cornet     (2 2/3' - 1 3/5') II metal 116
20. Flûte sylvestre 2' metal 58
21. Plein-jeu IV tin 232
22. Basson 16' metal 58
23. Trompette  8'  tin (French Romantic Style)  58
24. Hautbois 8' tin 58
ÉCHO (under expression) Manual III   no.of pipes
25. Bourdon 8' wood 58
26. Prestant 4' lead 58
27. Quintaton 4' metal 58
28. Doublette 2' metal 58
29. Larigot 1 1/3' tin 58
30. Tierce 1 3/5' metal 58
31. Fourniture IV tin 232
32. Doucaine 8' metal 58
PÉDALE     no.of pipes
33. Montre 16' Wood 30
34. Soubasse 16' Lead 30
35. Montre 8' Metal 12
36. Bourdon 8' Metal 12
37. Prestant 4' Tin 30
38. Fourniture V metal 150
39. Trombone 16 tin 30
40. Trompette allemande 8' metal 30
41. Clairon 4' metal 30

A copy of the Organ Dedication brochure is available for download – including information from the organ builder, organ specifications, and a history of organ at DePauw University.