Second Presbyterian Church has two pipe organs, the Sanctuary Organ and the Milner Chapel Organ. A printable PDF color brochure with complete specifications of these two instruments is available here. Online viewing of the two specifications is available by clicking the desired page from the menu.
The Sanctuary Organ
4 manuals, 86 ranks
The sanctuary organ was built by the Æolian-Skinner Organ Company of Boston, Massachusetts. Installation was completed in 1968 under the direction of Clyde Holloway, consultant, and Robert Shepfer, choirmaster and organist. Tonal finishing was executed by Donald Gilette, president of Æolian-Skinner.
The organ has six divisions – Great, Swell, Choir, Positiv, Pedal and Chancel (antiphonal) – and contains almost 5,000 pipes. The instrument may be controlled from two consoles, the main console of four manuals in the rear gallery and the two-manual console in the chancel. The chancel organ is also playable from the fourth manual of the gallery console. Resources from the gallery organ – including expression shades and some combination pistons – can be controlled from the chancel console, allowing the organist to accompany congregational singing from either location.
The organ was basically unaltered until refurbishing was completed by the Schantz Organ Company in 2003. At that time, a new combination action was installed with solid-state switching, multi-memory levels, playback, and sequencer. The electro-pneumatic stop action in the gallery console was retained as were the original keys. Pipes were cleaned and revoiced, reservoirs were releathered, and wind pressures were regulated. Three new stops were added to complete the original specification. In addition, an 8’ principal was added to the Chancel division, and the Choir 2’ flute was replaced with a 4’ flute.
A Schulmerich Carillon (electronic), with speakers in the organ chamber and spire, is playable from the gallery console.
Milner Chapel Organ
2 manuals, 17 ranks
The organ in Milner Chapel was built by Casavant Frères of Quebec (Opus 3239). Installed in 1974, it is located in a single chamber above the rear entrance.