The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Memorial Auditorium
Main & Highland (Lincoln Square)
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609

OHS Database ID 7099.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 42, 1983-06-27.


Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and is used occasionally.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition May 6, 2015.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 88 stops. 127 registers. 107 ranks. 6841 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

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 on a lift.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1983 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • In danger 1998 - plans to use building for office space. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. February 23, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from Richard Harrold. -- The Kimball was used at Preservation Worcester's "Aud Ball" on June 8th, 2013, and does appear to be appreciated.
    A video of the evening (and specifically a clip of the organ, heard in the Widor 5th Symphony Toccata) can be found at https://youtu.be/SYnQOF5Ho0A?t=3m28s - considering it hasn't been played, and the auditorium has been shuttered, since the mid 1990s, it sounds in remarkably fine voice - testament to Kimball's build quality. (Database Manager. May 6, 2015)
  • Organ dedicated on November 6, 1933, with a recital by Palmer Christian. (Steven E. Lawson. May 3, 2018)

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  • Supplementary Information. . Author: Author not identified Source: On line information to listserv.. Document Date. June 4, 2005.

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  • Typed specification. Source: Worcester War Memorial Auditorium website
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Memorial Auditorium
    
    W. W. Kimball Co.   K.P.O. 7119   1933              4 manuals, 88 stops, 107 ranks
    __________________________________________________________________________________
    
             GREAT ORGAN (Open section)               SWELL ORGAN
         32' Contra Gemshorn (TC)     --          16' Contra Geigen            73
         16' Double Diapason          61          16' Rohrbourdon             109
         16' Contra Gemshorn          73           8' Diapason I               73
          8' Diapason I               61           8' Diapason II              73
          8' Diapason II              61           8' Viola da Gambe           73
          8' Diapason III             61           8' Viole                    73
          8' Gemshorn (fr. 16')       --           8' Salicional               73
          8' Harmonic Flute           61           8' Voix Celeste             73
      5 1/3' Quint                    61           8' Rohrflöte (fr. 16')      --
          4' Octave I                 61           8' Clarabella               73
          4' Harmonic Flute           61           8' Spitzflöte               73
      3 1/5' Tenth                    61           8' Flute Celeste (TC)       61
      2 2/3' Twelfth                  61           4' Octave                   73
          2' Fifteenth                61           4' Violina                  73
             Mixture V Rks           305           4' Rohrflöte (fr. 16')      --
          8' Trumpet                  61           4' Flute Triangulaire       73
                                               2 2/3' Nazard                   61
             GREAT ORGAN (Enclosed section)        2' Fifteenth                61
         16' Contra Basse             73           2' Flautina (fr. 16')       --
          8' Diapason IV              61       1 3/5' Tierce                   61
          8' Viola (fr. 16')          --              Mixture V Rks           305
          8' Bourdon                  61          16' Double Trumpet           73
          8' Melodia                  61           8' French Trumpet           73
          4' Octave II                61           8' Cornopean                73
          4' Flute Ouverte            61           8' Oboe                     73
          2' Super Octave             61           8' Vox Humana II Rks       146
             Harmonics VI Rks        366           4' Clarion                  73
         16' Contra Tromba            61              Tremolo
          8' Tromba                   61              Vox Humana Vibrato
          4' Tromba Clarion           61           8' Harp (Ch)
             Tremolo                               4' Celesta (Ch)
             Chimes (So)                              Swell Sub 16'
             Great Sub 16'                            Swell Super 4'
             Great Super 4'                           Swell Unison Off
             Great Unison Off
                                                      PEDAL ORGAN (Open section)
             CHOIR ORGAN                          32' Contra Violone           56
         16' Double Dulciana          97          32' Major Bass               68
          8' English Diapason         73          16' Diapason I               32
          8' Violin Diapason          73          16' Diapason III             32
          8' Dulciana (fr. 16')       --          16' Violone (fr. 32')        --
          8' Viola                    73          16' Gemshorn (Gt)            --
          8' Unda Maris               73          16' Bourdon (fr. 32' MajBs)  --
          8' Concert Flute            73      10 2/3' Quint (fr. 32' MajBs)    --
          8' Cor de Nuit              73           8' Octave I                 44
          4' Principal                73           8' Violoncello (fr. 32')    --
          4' Dulcet (fr. 16')         --           8' Gemshorn (Gt)            --
          4' Traverse Flute           73           8' Stopped Flute (MajBs)    --
      2 2/3' Nazard                   61       5 1/3' Octave Quint             32
          2' Piccolo                  61           4' Super Octave (fr. 8')    --
          2' Dolcetin (fr. 16')       --           4' Stopped Flute (MajBs)    --
      1 3/5' Tierce                   61              Mixture IV Rks          128
      1 1/3' Larigot                  61          32' Contra Bombarde          68
      1 1/7' Septieme                 61          16' Bombarde (fr. 32')       --
          1' Twenty-second (fr. 16')  --           8' Bombarde Octave (fr. 32')--
             Mixture III Rks         183           4' Bombarde Clarion (32')   --
         16' Bassoon                  73          
          8' Trompette                73              PEDAL ORGAN (Enclosed section)
          8' Orchestral Oboe          73          16' Diapason II (Gt)         --
          8' Clarinet                 73          16' Contra Geigen (Sw)       --
          4' Clairon                  73          16' Double Dulciana (Ch)     --
             Tremolo                              16' Contra Basse (Gt)        --
          8' Harp (TC)                --          16' Lieblich Gedeckt (Sw)    --
          4' Celesta (Deagan)         61 bars      8' Octave II (ext Gt)       12
             Choir Sub 16'                         8' Geigen (Sw)              --
             Choir Super 4'                        8' Dulciana (Ch)            --
             Choir Unison Off                      8' Open Flute (in Gt)       44
                                                   8' Still Gedeckt (Sw)       --
             SOLO ORGAN                            4' Octave Geigen (Sw)       --
          8' Violoncello              73           4' Open Flute (fr. 8')      --
          8' Cello Celeste            73          16' Trombone (in So)         56
          8' Orchestral Flute         73          16' Contra Tromba (Gt)       --
          4' Concert Flute            73          16' Double Trumpet (Sw)      --
          8' Tuba Magna (unenc.) (prepared)       16' Bassoon (Ch)             --
          8' Tuba Mirabilis           73      10 2/3' Tromba Quint (Gt)        --
          8' French Horn              73           8' Trumpet (fr. 16')        --
          8' English Horn             73           8' Tromba (Gt)              --
          4' Tuba Clarion             73           4' Clarion (fr. 16')        --
             Tremolo                               8' Chimes (So)
          8' Chimes (Deagan "A")      25 tubes
          8' Harp (Ch)                                COUPLERS
          4' Celesta (Ch)                             Great to Pedal           8  4
             Solo Sub 16'                             Swell to Pedal           8  4
             Solo Super 4'                            Choir to Pedal           8  4
             Solo Unison Off                          Solo to Pedal            8  4
                                                      Swell to Great       16  8  4
             ADJUSTABLE COMBINATIONS                  Choir to Great       16  8  4
             Solo            8   (thumb) *            Solo to Great        16  8  4
             Swell          10   (thumb) *            Solo to Swell        16  8  4
             Great          10   (thumb) *            Unenc Great to Choir     8
             Choir          10   (thumb) *            Enc Great to Choir       8
             Pedal           8   (toe)                Swell to Choir       16  8  4
             General        12   (thumb & toe)        Solo to Choir        16  8  4
             Set                 (thumb)              Great to Solo            8
             General Cancel      (thumb)              Swell to Solo            8  4
             All Off             (thumb)
             Tremolo Cancel      (thumb)              SWELL SHOES (Selectable)
             Coupler Cancel      (thumb)              Balanced Expression Pedal - Great
             Couplers to Manual                       Balanced Expression Pedal - Swell
               Pistons Off/On    (thumb)              Balanced Expression Pedal - Choir
             * with Ped. to Man. Comb.                Balanced Expression Pedal - Solo
               Combs. Off/On     (tablets)            Balanced Pedal - Crescendo
    
             REVERSIBLES                              ACCESSORIES
             Great to Pedal      (thumb & toe)        Master Expression (tablet)
             Swell to Pedal      (thumb & toe)        Crescendo Selector Panel - 6 levels
             Choir to Pedal      (thumb & toe)        Swell Shoe Selector Panel
             Solo to Pedal       (thumb & toe)        Chimes Sustain Indicator Light
             Swell to Great      (thumb)              Chimes Soft Indicator Light
             Choir to Great      (thumb)              16-32 Stops Off Indicator Light
             Solo to Great       (thumb)              Current Indicator Light
             Mezzo               (toe)                Signal Light (from conductor)
             Sforzando           (thumb & toe)        Signal Button (to conductor)
             16-32 stops off     (thumb)              Harp Sustain Indicator Light
             Harp Sustain        (toe)                Mezzo Indicator Light
             Chimes Soft         (toe)                Sforzando Indicator Light
             Chimes Sustain      (toe)                Crescendo Indicator
                                                      Organ Bench, adjustable
                                                      Music rack and pedal lights
                                                      Motor starter buttons
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2018-05-03]
    
    
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