Detroit, Michigan

St. Joseph's Episcopal Church


Skinner organ, Op. 623 (1926) in St. Joseph's Episcopal Church (Detroit, MI)
 
St. Joseph's Episcopal Church (Detroit, MI)
 
St. Joseph's Episcopal Church (Detroit, MI)
 
 
 
 
 
Builder:        Skinner Organ Company
   Year:        1926 / 1927
   Opus:        623  / 623-A
   
No. manuals:    4
No. stops:      39
No. ranks:      44
No. pipes:      2,573

Specification

             GREAT ORGAN                             SWELL ORGAN
         16' Bourdon             17 PED          16' Bourdon             73
          8' First Diapason      61               8' Diapason            73
          8' Second Diapason     61 *             8' Gedeckt             73
          8' Claribel Flute      73 *             8' Salicional          73
          8' Gedeckt             SW               8' Voix Celeste        73
          8' Flute Celeste       SW               8' Flauto Dolce        73
          4' Octave              61 *             8' Flute Celeste (tc)  61
          4' Flute               SW               4' Octave              73
        III  Mixture            183 *             4' Flute               73
          8' Tromba              61 *            IV  Mixture            244
                                                 16' Waldhorn            73
             CHOIR ORGAN                          8' Cornopean           73
          8' Gamba               73 *             8' Corno d'Amore       73
          8' Concert Flute       73 *             8' Vox Humana          61
          4' Flute               73 *                Tremolo
          2' Piccolo             61 *
          8' Clarinet            73 *                PEDAL ORGAN
             Tremolo                *            16' Major Bass          32
          8' Harp (from Celesta) -- *            16' Bourdon             32
          4' Celesta             61 bars *       16' Echo Bourdon        SW
                                                  8' Octave              12
             SOLO ORGAN                           8' Gedeckt             12
          8' Cello               73 *             8' Still Gedeckt       SW
          8' Gamba Celeste       73 *            16' Trombone            32
          4' Orchestral Flute    73 *            16' Waldhorn            SW
          8' Tuba                73 *             8' Tromba              12
          8' French Horn         73 *
          8' English Horn        73 *               
             Tremolo                *

          *  Added as Op. 623-A, contract dated 1927.

             COMBINATIONS                            COUPLERS
             Solo         5  (thumb)                 Swell to Pedal        8  4
             Swell        6  (thumb)                 Great to Pedal        8
             Great        5  (thumb)                 Choir to Pedal        8
             Choir        5  (thumb)                 Solo to Pedal         8  4
             Pedal        5  (toe)                   Swell to Great    16  8  4
             General Cancel                          Choir to Great    16  8
             Pedal combinations to manual,           Solo to Great     16  8  4
               on & off: Swell, Great,               Swell to Choir    16  8  4
               Choir, Solo                           Solo to Choir         8
                                                     Great to Solo         8
             MECHANICALS                             Swell to Swell    16     4
             Choir expression pedal                  Choir to Choir    16     4
             Swell expression pedal                  Solo to Solo      16     4
             Solo expression pedal                
             Crescendo pedal (with dial ind.)        REVERSIBLES
             Manual 16', on & off                    Great to Pedal    (thumb & pedal)
                                                     Swell to Pedal    (thumb)
                                                     Choir to Pedal    (thumb)
                                                     Swell to Pedal 4' (thumb)
                                                     Solo to Pedal 4'  (thumb)
                                                     Swell to Great    (thumb)
                                                     Solo to Great     (thumb)
                                                     Swell to Choir    (thumb)
                                                     Sforzando         (thumb & pedal)


Source: The Life and Work of Ernest M. Skinner by Dorothy Holden

Notes: Photo Source: Jeff Scofield

The console was in very good shape, but the music rack had been re-done after a fashion.

There was a large two-manual Möller in the gallery of the lofty gothic nave, but there was no opus number on the console and the staff on hand at the time of the visit didn't seem to know its origin.

The church is now known as St. Matthew's & St. Joseph's Episcopal Church.

Photo Source: Jeff Scofield

Organ Historical Society Database: http://database.organsociety.org/SingleOrganDetails.php?OrganID=23296