Assembly Hall Practice Organs
Small practice organs built by Austin, Casavant, and Kenneth Coulter are located in three of the four rehearsal rooms in the Assembly Hall basement. The Austin practice organ (1963 console with 1982 chests and pipework) contains 10 stops on three manuals and pedal. The 1979 Casavant practice organ is a two-manual mechanical key and stop action instrument of 8 stops. The 1985 Kenneth Coulter practice organ also has mechanical key and stop action and consists of 9 stops on three manuals and pedal. The temperament is Kirnberger III. Interestingly, it can also be hand-pumped if desired. Current specifications are coming soon.
With the formation of the Temple Square Chorale in 1999 came the need for a small, specialized organ that could be used as a continuo instrument for works such as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion or The Creation by Haydn. In 2004, the Juget-Sinclair organbuilding firm of Montreal, Québec, was engaged to build a self-contained, portative (or “positive”) organ of three stops with mechanical key and stop action. The specification includes an 8' Bourdon; a 4' Flûte à cheminée, and a 2' Principal. The instrument, which is the firm’s Opus 23, has a manual compass of 54 notes (C—f3), with a retractable keyboard. It can be played at either A=440 or A=415 pitch by sliding the keyboard from side to side.
In 1990, the Tabernacle organists commissioned the construction of a unique “demonstration organ” that could serve as a functioning model of how pipe organs work. Built by Eldon Ives of American Fork, Utah, the instrument enhances presentations given from time to time for visiting groups. The unit has two stops, an 8' stopped flute and a 2' principal, as well as four additional pipes which are used to illustrate organ pipe families. The keyboard has a two-octave span, with four additional keys at the bottom end to play the extra pipes. The key action is mechanical, and the wind is pumped by hand. The tracker action is exposed, and a clear acrylic glass panel on the front of the windchest makes it possible to see the pallets opening and closing under each pipe. The instrument also includes a removable shell to demonstrate the encasing of pipes, as well as a set of removable, operating swell shades.
Information coming soon.