Built by the Skinner Organ Company Opus 699, 1928
Three Manuals and Pedal
42 Stops, 40 Ranks, 2593 Pipes

About the instrument...

The Skinner organ in St. Lukeís Cathedral has long been considered one of the firmís most successful installations. Built in 1928, the instrument is a double-organ having a Main Organ in the chancel and a Chapel Organ at the opposite end of the building, which also handily serves as an effective Echo Organ to the Main Organ. Originally there was a three-manual console in the chancel and a two-manual console in the Chapel. The Chapel Organ has a duplex windchest, permitting it to function as a two-manual instrument for chapel services. A total of 3,063 pipes arranged in forty-seven ranks produced a total of fifty-three speaking stops.

In the late 1960s some additions and alterations were made to the organ. Both Skinner consoles were removed and discarded for stop-tab style consoles. The Great division of the Main Organ received a four-rank mixture on new chest, and a Trompette-en- chamade was added to the balcony containing the Chapel Organ. Some voicing alterations were made in the 1970s, but otherwise the organ was largely retained as built by the Skinner firm.

In May 2001 a contract was signed for the complete restoration of Opus 699. Included was a new four-manual drawknob console by Richard Houghten for the chancel, as well as a rebuilding of the three-manual console for the Chapel Organ. The added mixture and windchest were replaced with a new mixture and chest more closely modeled on period Skinner designs, and a new Trompette-en-chamade, copied from a period Skinner French Trumpet, replaced the one installed in the 1960s.

All of the Skinner regulators, windchests and other electro-pneumatic mechanism were cleaned, releathered and refinished. The organís pipework was washed, repaired and regulated to original Skinner standards. Water-damaged organ chamber walls and ceilings were repaired and given several coats of paint to enhance sound egress. The restored instrument was completed in June 2003. Mr. Albert Melton is the Organist-Choirmaster and he plays the organ with consummate artistry for the services at St. Lukeís Cathedral.


Stoplist...


Great Organ

16'Bourdon
8' First Diapason
8' Second Diapason
8' Claribel Flute
8' String Celeste II
4' Principal
4' Flute
2' Fifteenth
8' Tuba
8'French Horn
Chimes (Prepared)
Swell Organ

16'Bourdon
8' Diapason
8' Rohrflute
8' Salicional
8' Voix Celeste
8' Flute Celeste
4' Octave
4' Flute Triangulaire
VMixture
16' Double Trumpet
8' Cornopean
8' Oboe d' Amore
8' Vox Humana
4' Clarion
Tremolo
Choir Organ

8'Geigen
8'Concert Flute
8' Dulciana
8'Unda Maris
4' Flute
2 2/3'Nazard
8'Tuba (Great)
8' Corno di Bassetto
Tremolo
Harp
Celesta
Pedal Organ

32' Resultant
16' Diapason
16' Contra Bass
16' Bourdon
16' Lieblich (Swell)
8' Octave
8' Bourdon
8' Cello
Still Gedeckt (Swell)
16' Trombone
Chapel Organ - Great

8'Diapason
8'Gedeckt
8'Vox Angelica
4'Flute
Chapel Organ - Swell

16'Bourdon
8'Gedeckt (Ext.)
8' Vox Angelica
4'Flute
8' Trumpet
Chapel Organ - Pedal

16íBourdon
16'Lieblich Gedeckt (Swell)