Asylum Hill Congregational

Asylum Hill Congregational Church


Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford, CT
Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company, Boston, MA, 1961
Austin Organs, Inc., Hartford, CT, 2005 (new four-manual Skinner-style console)
Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc., Northampton, MA, 2005 (New pipe additions and tonal revisions)
Walker Technical Company, Zionsville, PA, 2005 (Digital stops)
Four manuals – 71 ranks – 4, 211 pipes

asylumhillsyanctuaryAsylum Hill Congregational Church was designed by architect Patrick C. Keely, built in 1865 and dedicated in 1866. Neo-gothic in design, it is made out of Portland brownstone. One of its most famous parishioners was Samuel Clemens, popularly known as “Mark Twain”. Today the congregation boasts nearly 2,000 members led by Senior Minister Gary Miller and a comprehensive music and arts program directed by Steven Mitchell and Charles Miller.There have been three pipe organs in Asylum Hill Congregational Church. The Hook and Hastings firm installed the first in 1871. Contrary to the architect’s original plans, the Hook and Hastings organ was placed in the apse of the church behind the pulpit. In 1910, the church was remodeled into its present gothic interior and a rear choir gallery was built according to Keely’s plans. Ernest M. Skinner built a four manual and pedal organ of some 50 ranks of pipes, which included a 32′ Bourdon, English horn, Tuba mirabilis and one of his new Erzahler stops. An organ builder in Kentucky currently owns the elegantly carved draw knob console from that organ. In the early 1950’s the console was showing signs of severe mechanical failure and the church found it necessary to replace it. The Austin Organ Company built a new console for the church in 1954, with the hopes that the company would soon thereafter rebuild the rest of the aging instrument. However, upon the arrival of Alfred Russell as director of music in 1956, a contract to replace the severely failing E. M. Skinner went not to the Austin firm but to the famous Aeolian-Skinner Company of Boston, MA and in January 1962 the present organ was dedicated with a performance of organ concerti and Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem”. Joseph Whiteford designed the 1962 Aeolian-Skinner in a then-fashionable neo-Baroque style which includes a Ruck-positiv division on the balcony rail. Its 71 ranks are spread over four manuals and pedal with the 32′ Bourdon being placed directly next to the choir singers in the balcony. From 2003-2005, as part of the church’s capital campaign and building addition, the organ will undergo major renovation, some judicious re-voicing and expansion. Along with a new state-of-the-art four manual console the organ will receive several new ranks of pipes including a Trompette en Chamade.

GREAT (Manual II; Unenclosed)
16’ Diapason 61 Notes (Walker Digital)
16’ Quintaten 12 Pipes
8’ Montre 61 Pipes
8’ Bourdon 61 Pipes
8’ Quintaten 61 Pipes
8’ Erzähler 61 Pipes
4’ Octave 61 Pipes
4’ Flûte Harmonique 61 Pipes
2 2/3’ Quinte 61 Pipes
2’ Super Octave 61 Pipes
Mixture IV-V 269 Pipes
Fourniture IV 244 Pipes
8’ Trompette Harmonique 61 notes (solo)
Herald Trumpet 61 notes (solo)
Great 16′
Great Unison Off
Great 4′
MIDI on Great
(Five blank drawknobs)
SWELL (Manual III; Enclosed & Expressive)
16’ Flûte Conique 12 Pipes
8’ Diapason 68 Pipes
8’ Gedackt 68 Pipes
8’ Viole de Gambe 68 Pipes
8’ Viole Veleste 68 Pipes
8’ Flauto Dolce 68 Pipes
8’ Flute Celeste 61 Pipes
4’ Prestant 68 Pipes
4’ Rohrflöte 68 Pipes
2’ Octavin 61 Pipes
Plein Jeu III 183 Pipes
Cymbale III 183 Pipes
16’ Bombarde 12 Pipes
8’ Trompette 68 Pipes
8’ Bombarde 68 Pipes
8’ Voix Humaine 68 Pipes
4’ Clarion 68 Pipes
Swell 16’
Swell Unison Off
Swell 4’
MIDI on Swell
(One Blank Draw Knob)
CHOIR (Manual I; Enclosed & Expressive)
8’ Viola Pomposa 68 Pipes
8’ Viola Celeste 68 Pipes
8’ Gemshorn 68 Pipes
8’ Gemshorn Celeste 68 Pipes
8’ Cor de Nuit 68 Pipes
4’ Principal 68 Pipes
4’ Koppelflöte 68 Pipes
2 2/3’ Nazard 54 Pipes
2’ Blockflöte 61 Pipes
1 3/5’ Tierce 54 Pipes
1’ Sifflöte 49 Pipes
Mixture III 183 Pipes
16’ Fagotto 68 Pipes
8’ Corno di Bassetto 68 Pipes
8’ Trompette Harmonique 61 Notes (Solo)
8’ Herald Trumpet 61 Notes (Solo)
Choir 16’
Choir Unison Off
Choir 4′
MIDI on Choir
(Two Blank Draw Knobs)
SOLO (Manual I; Unenclosed)
8’ Trompette Harmonique 73 Pipes
8’ Herald Trumpet 73 Pipes
Solo 16′
Solo Unison Off
Solo 4’
MIDI on Solo
(Six Blank Draw Knobs)
POSITIV (Manual I; Unenclosed)
8’ Holz Gedackt 56 Pipes
4’ Spillflöte 56 Pipes
2’ Lieblich Prinzipal 56 Pipes
1 1/3’ Larigot 44 Pipes
1’ Oktav 44 Pipes
Jeu de Clochette II 112 Pipes
8’ Krummhorn 56 Pipes
Positiv 16’
Positiv Unison Off
Positiv 4’
(One Blank Draw Knob)
PORTATIVE (Prepared Division)
12 Blank Knobs. This is a future project that will be a self-contained, fully independent unit on a moveable platform to be located in the front of the sanctuary.
32’ Open Wood 32 Notes (Walker Digital)
32’ Contra Bourdon 12 Pipes
32’ Lieblich Gedackt 32 Notes (Walker Digital)
16’ Principal 32 Pipes
16’ Bourdon 32 Pipes
16’ Quintaten (Great)
16’ Flute Conique (Swell)
16’ Lieblichflöte 12 Pipes (ext. Choir)
8’ Principal 32 Pipes
8′ Bourdon 12 Pipes
8’ Erzähler (Great)
8’ Gedackt (Swell)
8’ Quintaten (Great)
4’ Choral Bass 32 Pipes
4’ Koppelflöte (Choir)
2’ Blockflöte (Choir)
Mixture IV 128 Pipes
Kontra Posuane 32 Notes (Walker Digital)
Contra Bombarde 12 Pipes
16’ Posaune 32 Pipes
16’ Bombarde (Swell)
8’ Posuane 12 Pipes
8’ Trompette Harmonique (Solo)
8’ Herald Trumpet (Solo)
4’ Klarine 12 Pipes
4’ Corno di Bassetto 12 Notes
MIDI on Pedal
Great to Pedal 8′ Pedal Divide
Great to Pedal 4′ Choir to Swell 16′
Swell to Pedal 8′ Choir to Swell 8′
Swell to Pedal 4′ Choir to Swell 4′
Choir to Pedal 8′ Positiv to Swell 16′
Choir to Pedal 4′ Positiv to Swell 8′
Solo to Pedal 8′ Positiv to Swell 4′
Solo to Pedal 4′ Swell to Choir 16′
Positiv to Pedal 8′ Swell to Choir 8′
Positiv to Pedal 4′ Swell to Choir 4′
Swell to Great 16′ Solo to Choir 16′
Swell to Great 8′ Solo to Choir 8′
Swell to Great 4′ Solo to Choir 4′
Choir to Great 16′ Great to Solo 16′
Choir to Great 8′ Great to Solo 8′
Choir to Great 4′ Great to Solo 4′
Solo to Great 16′ Swell to Solo 16′
Solo to Great 8′ Swell to Solo 8′
Solo to Great 4′ Swell to Solo 4′
Positiv to Great 16′ Choir to Solo 16′
Positiv to Great 8′ Choir to Solo 8′
Positiv to Great 4′ Choir to Solo 4′
Pedal to Great 8′ Positiv to Solo 16′
Tremulants Off Positiv to Solo 8′
All Swells to Swell Positiv to Solo 4′
Great/Choir Transfer Portative on Solo
COMBINATION ACTION (128 levels – Solid State Organ Systems, Inc.)
General Pistons 1-16 (Thumb & Toe
Great Pistons 1-8 (Thumb)
Swell Pistons 1-8 (Thumb)
Choir Pistons 1-8 (Thumb)
Solo Pistons 1-8 (Thumb)
Positiv Pistons 1-4 (Thumb)
Portative Pistons 1-4 (Thumb)
Pedal Pistons 1-8 (Thumb & Toe)
Great to Pedal reversible (thumb & toe)
Swell to Pedal reversible (thumb & toe)
Choir to Pedal reversible (thumb & toe)
Solo to Pedal reversible (thumb & toe)
Positiv to Pedal reversible (thumb & toe)
Swell to Great 8′ reversible (thumb)
Choir to Great 8′ reversible (thumb)
Solo to Great 8′ reversible (thumb)
Swell to Choir 8′ (thumb)
All Swells to Swell reversible (thumb, with indicator light)
Tremulants Off reversible (toe)
Cymbelstern (toe)
32′ Open Wood reversible (toe)
32′ Lieblich Gedackt reversible (toe)
32′ Contra Bourdon reversible (toe)
32′ Kontra Posaune reversible (toe)
32′ Contre Bombarde reversible (toe)
Tutti I reversible (thumb & toe, with indicator light)
Tutti II reversible (thumb & toe, with indicator light)