PRACTICE AND STUDIO ORGANS
IN THE HARRIS FINE ARTS CENTER
OF BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

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The BYU organ area has seven practice pipe organs, each installed in its own room in the E wing.  Four of these are located on the second floor, and the other three are on the first floor.  In addition, two larger pipe organs are housed in the two faculty offices, E-208 and C-250.  These practice and teaching studio organs represent a wide array of pipe organ types: from those reminiscent the organs of the seventeenth century through those that use modern digital technology.


E-226 (built by M.L. Bigelow and Company in 1996)
This is a new two-manual tracker organ of seven ranks. In a "tracker" key action such as this, there is a direct mechanical connection between the key and the valve underneath the pipe. It allows the organist greater control over the manner in which the pipe speaks than in an electric or electro-pneumatic key action. Its key and pedal configurations are AGO standard (except for the 58-key range of the manual keyboards), as found in most church organs in the United States. All ranks but the 8' Praestant are located within the swell box. The organ focuses on stops of 8' pitch, offering the student who spends several hours in daily practice a wide choice of stops that are easy on the ears. Some stops (such as the Gemshorn 4') are playable on either the Great or the Swell, but not both at the same time.

C-180 (P&S Tracker organ, 2002)
This 2-manual tracker organ of 6-ranks was built by the P & S Company (England). The organ was designed with AGO keyboard and pedal specifications, in a rather large acoustically favorable environment. The setting is ideal for rehearsal with small instrumental and vocal ensembles, as well as individual organ practice.

E-229 (built by Karl Wilhelm in 1987)
This is a two-manual tracker organ of six ranks. It features a flat pedalboard, similar to those commonly found in Europe. The pipework is enclosed behind cabinet-style shutters that can be set in position by the organist. The manuals are coupled by means of a shove-coupler: grasping the small knobs on either side of Manual II allows you to push it in or out. It is coupled to Manual I when it is pushed in, meaning that playing a key on Manual II will also engage the corresponding key on Manual I. The hook-down pedals near the pedal keys are pedal stops and manual/pedal couplers.

E-225 (Rodgers Instruments LLC, installed in 1998)
This is a two-manual electronic organ console that is fitted with three ranks of pipework. Both the pipes and speakers are enclosed in a swell box controlled by the left-most expression pedal. The console features pipe organ keyboards that are well suited for the many hours of practice that they will endure. The room is equipped will a full complement of digital devices: a MIDI controller, sound module, a computer, and other items to allow students and faculty to explore applications of modern technology into the traditional pipe organ world.

E-104 (Austin, rebuilt by Schoenstein in 1988)
This is a three-manual organ of 10 ranks with electro-pneumatic key action. Through generous in unification and duplexing, these relatively few ranks are spread across three manuals. Students practicing organ works that require three manuals, a complete combination action, and AGO standard console specifications find this instrument particularly useful. This organ has two expressive divisions--the Swell and Choir. The console came from another organ owned by the LDS church.

E-222 (built by Kenneth Coulter in 1988)
This is a two-manual tracker organ of 9 ranks. Its key action is highly sensitive, making it an excellent practice instrument for precise finger action. The hook-down pedal near the pedal keys to the right is the Great-to-pedal coupler. This instrument is tuned in Werckmeister III, an unequal temperament that sounds more in tune in certain keys. The pedalboard is flat and non-radiating, with 58-key manual keyboards..

E-106 (built by Casavant in 2006)
This is a two-manual organ of 6 ranks, electric key action, with all pipework located behind swell shutters. It features standard AGO specifications in the key dimensions and in the configuration of the pedal. A MIDI interface is included.

E-208 Teaching Studio (built by Kenneth Jones in 1988)
This is a three-manual organ of 23 ranks with tracker key action. It is located in the teaching studio of Douglas E. Bush. Its manual and pedal keyboards are AGO standard. The organ features an expressive Swell division and multi-level combination action.

C-250 Teaching Studio (built by Rodgers Instruments LLC in 1995)
This is a four-manual organ of 8 ranks and many electronic voices with electric key action and P&S keyboards. It is located in the teaching studio of Don Cook. Its manual and pedal keyboards are AGO standard. The pipework and speakers are located in a single case with swell shades on two sides that operate in sequence.


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