Schoenstein Organ at the Conference Center

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Schoenstein Organ at the Conference Center
Schoenstein Organ at the Conference Center
Schoenstein Organ at the Conference Center
Background information
Origin Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Genres Worship, classical
Years active 2003 (2003)–present
Labels Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Associated acts Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Orchestra at Temple Square
Temple Square Chorale
Bells on Temple Square
Salt Lake Tabernacle organ
Website Official Website

The Schoenstein Organ at the Conference Center is a pipe organ built by Schoenstein & Co., San Francisco, California located in the Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. The organ was completed in 2003. It is composed of 160 speaking stops spread over five manuals and pedals. Along with the nearby Salt Lake Tabernacle organ, it is typically used to accompany the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The Conference Center organ is heard at the Church’s semi-annual General Conference, and at other performances throughout the year.

The organ is about two-thirds the size of the Salt Lake Tabernacle organ in terms of the number of pipes. Former Tabernacle organist John Longhurst described it as a “project of immense proportion.”

Longhurst described his reaction to the announcement in 1996 of the building of the Conference Center and his involvement in the building of the Conference Center organ as follows:

“Needless to say, [the announcement of the Conference Center] made it difficult for me to concentrate on the rest of the Conference session. I could only begin to envision a space like President Hinckley had described. I assumed that an organ would be necessary in that building and immediately began considering what that instrument might be. By this time Robert Cundick had retired, and Richard Elliott was now on staff. As it turned out, all of the experience previously gained working on the other Temple Square organs (and particularly the Tabernacle organ, which we had thought of as a culmination) we now viewed as preparation for what was to follow. President Hinckley’s announcement that Easter morning began a journey for us organists that would not conclude for seven years, when the Conference Center’s Schoenstein & Co. organ was finally declared finished, just in time for the A.G.O. bi-regional convention held in Salt Lake City in the summer of 2003.”[1]

Basic specification[edit]

  • Builder: Schoenstein & Co., San Francisco, California, USA
    • Opus No: 139
  • Console:
    • Mobile
    • 5 manuals
    • Pedal board: concave & radiating
  • Stop controls: drawknob
  • Speaking stops: 103
  • Ranks: 130
  • Pipes: 7667
  • Wind:
    • Power: 6 Ventus blowers
    • Pressures:
      • Choir: 140mm
      • Great: 140mm, 190mm
      • Swell: 140mm, 250mm
      • Solo: 250mm, 375mm
      • Orchestral: 250mm, 375mm
      • Pedal: 140mm, 190mm, 250mm, 375mm[2]

List of stops[edit]

I - CHOIR

(51/2" wind) (Enclosed)


Bass Viol 16′
Lieblich Bourdon (metal) 16'
Viola Pomposa 8′
Viola Celeste 8′
Echo Gamba 8'
Gamba Celeste 8'
Viole d'orchestre 8'
Viole céleste 8'
Lieblich Bourdon 8'
Concert Flute (wood) 8'
Echo Diapason 8'
Nachthorn 4'
Fugara 4'
Nazard 2 2/3
Twelfth 2 2/3
Harmonic Piccolo 2'
Fifteenth 2'
Tierce 1 3/5
Nineteenth 1 1/3
Twenty-second 1'
Flügel Horn 16'
Trumpet 8'
Flügel Horn 8'
Cromorne 8'
Tuba Mirabilis (Orchestral) 8'
Millennial Trumpet (Solo) 8'
Rohr Schalmei 4'

Tremulant
II - GREAT

(51/2" wind)


Dulciana 32'
Double Open Diapason 16′
Bourdon (wood) 16'
Stentor Diapason (Solo) 8'
Large Open Diapason (71/2" wind) 8'
Open Diapason 8'
Horn Diapason 8'
Gamba 8'
Gemshorn 8'
Harmonic Flute 8'
Doppelflöte (wood) 8'
Principal (71/2" wind) 4'
Octave 4'
Octave Gemshorn 4'
Forest Flute 4'
Twelfth 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2'
Seventeenth 1 3/5
Full Mixture (IV-V) (ff - 71/2" wind) 2'
Mixture (IV) (f) 2'
Sharp Mixture (III) (mf) 1 1/3
Bass Trumpet (71/2" wind) 16'
Trumpet (71/2" wind) 8'
Tuba Mirabilis (Orchestral) 8'
Millennial Trumpet (Solo) 8'
Clarion (71/2" wind) 4'

Tremulant
III - SWELL

(51/2" wind) (Enclosed)


Double Open Diapason 16′
Bourdon (wood) 16'
Open Diapason 8'
Small Open Diapason 8'
Silver Flute 8′
Bourdon 8′
Viole de gambe 8′
Viole céleste 8'
Flauto Dolce 8′
Flute Celeste (TC) 8'
Principal 4'
Harmonic Flute 4'
Fifteenth 2'
Plein Jeu (V) (f) 2'
Cornet (III) (mf) 2 2/3
Contra Fagotto (10" wind) 32'
Bombarde 16'
Fagotto (10" wind) 16'
Trompette 8′
Cornopean (10" wind) 8′
Oboe 8′
Voix humaine † 8′
Clarion harmonique 4'
Clarion (10" wind) 4'

Tremulant
Separate tremulant
IV - SOLO

(111/2" wind) (Enclosed)


Open Diapason 8′
Phonon Diapason (Orchestral) 8′
Symphonic Flute 8′
Principal 4'
Octave (Orchestral) 4'
Quint Mixture (V) 22/3'
French Horn 8′
Cor Anglais (Orchestral) 8'
Clarinet (Orchestral) 8'

Tremulant
Variable Tremulant

Separate Shades—Grand Solo

(171/2" wind)


Tierce Mixture (IV-VI) 2'
Bass Tuba 16'
Tuba 8'
Tuben (III) † 8'
Tuba Clarion 4'

Unenclosed
Stentor Diapason (25" wind) †† 8'
Millennial Trumpet (15" wind) 8'

Draws Bass Tuba, Tuba, and Tuba Clarion, all at 8' pitch
†† Extends Pedal Open Wood
V - ORCHESTRAL

(10" wind) (Enclosed)


Tibia Clausa (Wood) 16'
Phonon Diapason 8'
Tibia Clausa 8'
Stentor Gamba 8'
Celeste 8'
Octave 4'
Tibia Clausa 4'
Tibia Twelfth 22/3'
Tibia Piccolo 2
Tibia Tierce 13/5'
Clarinet 16'
Tuba Horn 8' (15" wind)
Clarinet 8'
Cromorne (Choir) 8'
Cor Anglais 8'
Vox Humana (51/2" wind) † 8'

Tremulant††
Variable Tremulant

Tuba Mirabilis (20" wind) 8'

† Separate Tremulant draws with Vox Humana stop knob
†† Also draws Tuba Horn Tremulant

Tremulant
PERCUSSIONS

(Walker Digital)


Harp (Choir)
Celesta (Choir)
Orchestral Bells (Choir)
Les cloches de Hinckley (Great)
Cymbelstern (Great)
Orchestral Harp (Solo)
Celestial Chimes (Solo)
Tower Chimes (Pedal)
PEDAL (51/2" wind)
Gamba (GGGGG# - 10" wind) 64'
Diaphone (Wood - 25" wind) 32'
Diapason (10" wind) 32'
Gamba 32'
Dulciana (Great) 32
Sub Bass (Wood - 10" wind) 32'
Diaphone (Wood) 16'
Open Wood (10" wind) 16'
Diapason 16'
Great Diapason (Great) 16'
Swell Diapason (Swell) 16'
Violone (Wood - 71/2" wind) 16'
Gamba 16'
Bass Viol (Choir) 16'
Dulciana (Great) 16'
Sub Bass 16'
Bourdon (Swell) 16'
Lieblich Bourdon (Choir) 16'
Tibia Clausa (Orchestral) 16'
Quint 102/3'
Open Wood 8'
Principal 8'
Gamba 8'
Flute 8'
Bass Viol (Choir) 8'
Sub Bass 8'
Bourdon (Swell) 8'
Lieblich Bourdon (Choir) 8'
Choral Bass 4'
Octave Flute 4'
Bass Viol (Choir) 4'
Rauschquinte (II) 22/3'
Mixture (III) 11/3'
Trombone (GGGGG# - 20" wind) 64'
Trombone 32'
Contra Fagotto (Swell) 32'
Trombone 16'
Bass Tuba (Solo) 16'
Bombarde (Swell) 16'
Bass Trumpet (Great) 16'
Fagotto (Swell) 16'
Flügel Horn (Choir) 16'
Clarinet (Orchestral) 16'
Tromba (15" wind) 8'
Bass Tuba (Solo) 8'
Bass Trumpet (Great) 8'
Bombarde (Swell) 8'
Fagotto (Swell) 8'
Clarinet (Orchestral) 8'
Flügel Horn (Choir) 8'
Tromba 4'
Bass Trumpet (Great) 4'
Cromorne (Choir) 4'

Pizzicato Bass (plays 16' Open Wood at 8' pitch through pizzicato relay)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Longhurst, John T: "Magnum Opus: The Building of the Schoenstein Organ in the Conference Center". Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Shadow Mountain, 2009.
  2. ^ Schoenstein & Co:"LDS Conference Center Specification". 1999.

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