AEolian-Skinner Opus 1350
Our magnificent organ is a keystone of great music at St. Luke's. Aeolian-Skinner was the leader of the "American Classic" movement in organ design that dominated the organ world from the 1930s to the 1970s.
St. Luke’s first contracted with Aeolian-Skinner in 1958 and the organ installation was completed in 1960. Our organ is one of their earlier designs, Opus #1350, and was said to have been a personal favorite of Aeolian-Skinner President, Joseph Whiteford.
The organ has three manuals, five divisions, 60 ranks and slightly more than 3,400 pipes. Additions to the original 1958 design came in two periods. In 1976 a striking set of Trompette-en-Chamade pipes was added and can be seen along the west wall of the Nave. Also added was a Zimbelstern, and a tremolo to lend a romantic quality to the flute pipes of two of the divisions. In the 1990s a solid state action added 32 levels of combination piston memory, some of the pipes were revoiced, and the casework was redone to create the beautiful façade on the south wall. The organ's 3,400 pipes result in a "cathedral sound" unusual for a parish church on the West Coast. In addition, the spectacular acoustics of the church's French Gothic architecture enhance the music. A complete stoplist is here.
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