Newberry Memorial Organ

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Newberry Memorial Organ at Woolsey Hall

The Newberry Memorial Organ is among the largest and most notable orchestral organs in North America. Located in Woolsey Hall at Yale University, the organ contains 197 ranks and 166 stops comprising 12,617 pipes. It is one of the largest organs in the world.

The first Woolsey Hall organ was built by the Hutchings-Votey Organ Company of Boston in 1902. The organ was expanded in 1915 by the J.W. Steere & Son Organ Company of Springfield, Massachusetts. The instrument was expanded again to its current configuration and size in 1927-1928 by the Skinner Organ Company of Boston as Skinner(Op. 722). The work was directed both by Ernest M. Skinner, and his new Superintendent, recently from England, Mr. G. Donald Harrison. The pipe organ reflects the combined skills of many people, and the Newberry Organ is widely considered to reflect a unique American style.

The legacy of the Newberry Organ as envisioned by Hutchings, Steere, and Skinner builders, Yale curators and musicians, from prior to 1900 to the present, has resulted in a unique and landmark musical instrument. The organ is maintained in original playing condition, including its original combination action. It is utilized for a variety of Yale and community events. It is maintained by the Associate Curators of Organs, Nicholas Thompson-Allen and Joseph F. Dzeda.

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