The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Columbia High School (South Orange & Maplewood High School)
17 Parker Ave
Maplewood, New Jersey 07040


OHS Database ID 23320.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 372, 2008-11-17.

Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is playable, but not in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition December 26, 2011.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 27 stops. 23 registers. 24 ranks. 1610 pipes.

The organ is in side chambers at the front of the room, with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, left.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Adjustable combination pistons. Concave radiating pedalboard. Combination action thumb pistons.


  • 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:
    Renamed Columbia High School; no information. (Database Manager. April 15, 2006)
  • Updated through on-line information from John Elwood. -- In the picture provided, the organ console is below the two seated people on stage. (The organist's head is poking up). The top of the console is flush with the top of the stage causing people to stand on it frequently. The console itself is sunk several inches into the floor. The pipe chambers are approximately as deep as they are wide (or perhaps, slightly deeper). I personally last heard the organ used in 1994, but will be visiting in October 2007 for a more in depth analysis. The organ appears to be essentially unaltered aside from the addition of chimes and some industrial looking electrical work. I'll find out for sure though! (Database Manager. September 19, 2007)
  • Updated through on-line information from John Elwood. (Database Manager. August 26, 2008)
  • Updated through on-line information from John Elwood. (Database Manager. September 26, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- A committee of alumni and faculty members are raising funds to restore the organ (information from committee's website '' accessed Dec 20, 2011). (Database Manager. December 26, 2011)

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  • Stoplist from Organ committee website
    Maplewood, New Jersey
    Columbia High School, Auditorium
    E.M. Skinner, Opus 637, installed 1927
     8'  Diapason        61    
     8'  Clarabella      61    
     4'  Octave          61    
     8'  Tromba          61    
     16'  Bourdon        73    
      8'  Diapason       73    
      8'  Gedeckt        73    
      8'  Salicional     73    
      8'  Voix Celeste   73    
      8'  Aeoline        73    
          Mixture (III) 183  
      4'  Flute          73   
      8'  Oboe d'Amore   73    
      8'  Cornopean      73  
      8'  Vox Humana     73   
      8'  Chimney Flute  73  
      8'  Dulciana       73  
      4'  Flute          73  
      2'  Piccolo        73    
      8'  Clarinet       73    
     16'  Major Bass     32   
     16'  Bourdon        32    
     16'  Echo Bourdon   --     (Swell) 32 Notes  
      8'  Octave         12    
      8'  Gedeckt        12  
      8'  Still Gedeckt  --     (Swell) 32  Notes  
     16'  Trombone       12     (Ext. from Gt Tromba)  
     [Received from Stephen Hall 2011-12-26.]
  • Click Here Stoplist from Organ committee website Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.