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W. W. Kimball Co. (Opus 7119, 1933)

Location:

Worcester Memorial Auditorium
Main & Highland (Lincoln Square)
Worcester, MA 01609 US
Organ ID: 7099

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Auditoriums and Concert Halls
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is playable, but not in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from John Roper on February 24, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 107 ranks. 6,841 pipes. 5 divisions. 4 manuals. 88 stops. 127 registers.
Great:
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by W. W. Kimball Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 24, 2021.

Swell:
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by W. W. Kimball Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 24, 2021.

Choir:
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by W. W. Kimball Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 24, 2021.

Solo:
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by W. W. Kimball Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 24, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by W. W. Kimball Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 24, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by W. W. Kimball Co.
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 88
  • Registers: 127
  • Position: Console on lift.
  • 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: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • 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 Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from John Roper on February 24, 2021.
John Roper on February 24, 2021:

From the Worcester AUD website: Tonally Untouched, console covered. Main hall areas (first floor) cleaned June 2016. Organ is "playable" and wind leaks and ciphers significantly repaired as of June 2016 (including unenclosed great main reservoir (3'x6') releathering). Roof leaks have split several chests (enclosed great; enclosed solo chambers are on the top levels); the city repaired the roof in the 1990s. Facing the stage, the enclosed Great is on top left, unenclosed Great middle left, Pedal bottom left; Solo is top right, Swell is middle right, Choir is bottom right.

The magnificent AUD organ was designed by Walter Howe, official organist, assistant director, and manager of the Worcester Music Festival; head of music at Abbot Academy, Andover; organist at First Baptist Church, Arlington, Mass.; and choral director at Chautauqua, New York; he was assisted in the planning process by R. P. Elliot, the New York representative of the Kimball Company; Hamilton B. Wood, president of the Worcester Festival Association; and Aldus C. Higgins, a member of the organ committee, who had a large concert organ in his home (Aeolian Op. 1686, 1928, 3-30, later moved to St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer).

The drawknob 4-manual console is set on its own elevator, independent of the elevating orchestra pit. There is a “filler” cage/platform which currently sits on the stage (holding up the many-ton stage firewall “curtain”) which was used to “cover” the organ console such that when the console elevator was lowered to the appropriate height, the upper surface of this cage provided a continuous floor to match the orchestra pit elevator floor level, for when the organ was not in use. Additionally there is a wooden stair and gang plank of sorts in the basement where the organist would (almost) crawl onto the organ bench when awaiting ascension by the elevator to be lifted up for an eager audience. This mini-stair and platform is adjacent to a wiring and wind hose supply catch basin “reservoir” of sorts to manage the console’s tethered range of motion. Organ chamber wind pressures range from 5 inches through 6, 7 to 8, 10, 12, 15 to 17 or 20 inches [of water].

We received the most recent update for this note from John Roper on February 25, 2021.

Database Manager on May 03, 2018:

Organ dedicated on November 6, 1933, with a recital by Palmer Christian.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Worcester War Memorial Auditorium website: Open In New Tab Typed specification
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Supplementary Information: Open In New Tab Document created on 2005-06-04
We received the most recent update for this document from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Kimball contract for construction: Open In New Tab Kimball's submitted proposal and contract for construction.
Document created on 1933-01-01
We received the most recent update for this document from John Roper on February 24, 2021.

Aeolian-Skinner proposal: Open In New Tab Proposal for an instrument for the auditorium by Aeolian-Skinner
We received the most recent update for this document from John Roper on February 24, 2021.

Request and sample specs: Open In New Tab This document was sent to builders asking for their input to build the instrument for the AUD.
We received the most recent update for this document from John Roper on February 24, 2021.

Instrument Images:

War Memorial Auditorium - building exterior: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1982

Auditorium interior with front grilles: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1982

Right-side grille: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1982

Grille detail: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1982

Console: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1982

Console: Expression and Crescendo indicators: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1982

Grille above proscenium: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1982

Console: Photograph by Worcester AUD, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2016

Console covered on lift: Photograph by Worcester AUD, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2016

Console keyboards and couplers: Photograph by Worcester AUD, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2016

Console pedalboard and swell pedals: Photograph by Worcester AUD, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2016

Console right stopjamb: Photograph by Worcester AUD, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2016

Console left stopjamb: Photograph by Worcester AUD, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2016

Pipework: Photograph by Worcester AUD, submitted by John Roper.

Pipework: Photograph by Worcester AUD, submitted by John Roper.

Pipework: Photograph by Worcester AUD, submitted by John Roper.

Pipework: Photograph by Worcester AUD, submitted by John Roper.

Pipework: Photograph by Peter Krasinski, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2016

Pipework: Photograph by Peter Krasinski, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2016

Console: Photograph by Morel and Assoc., submitted by John Roper.

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