Performance and Practice Organs
The Eastman School of Music houses a fine collection of performance and practice organs. Schmitt Organ Recital Hall features a Van Daalen organ renovated by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, and the magnificent 1922 E.M. Skinner organ in Kilbourn Hall is currently awaiting restoration.
The organ department also owns a pedal clavichord built by the GOArt Organ Research Center, a pedal piano, and a fine Mustel harmonium. In addition, through the work of the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) project and with the collaboration of several churches in the area, students are able to practice and perform on many fine instruments in and around the City of Rochester.
From early morning until late at night, Eastman organ students spend hours in the practice rooms cultivating their art. At their disposal is the Eastman School’s collection of 14 practice organs, featuring instruments built by companies including Fritts, Skinner, Holtkamp, Andover, Wahl, Flentrop, Moller, and Schlicker. In 1923, the “organ wing” at Eastman housed the largest organ practice facility in the world. After decades of use, many of the instruments now require significant renovation or replacement. The Eastman School is planning to enhance its collection of practice organs by refurbishing the large organs and replacing some of the smaller organs with new instruments built in a variety of styles. The ultimate goal of this renovation and replacement project is to enrich the educational experience of Eastman students by offering them access to a collection of high quality instruments of diverse musical traditions.
Below are organ stoplists for our practice and performance instruments. The stoplists are in pdf file format (Adobe Acrobat required). To install the FREE Acrobat software, please click here and follow the instructions.
Thanks to Jon Ortloff, Rob Kerner, William Porter, Nicole Marane, and Lee Wright
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