Organ

Birth of a Pipe Organ

History of Trinity’s Organs

  • 1839: 2 Reed Organs were brought over on the ships from Germany. (one ship sank with 1 Reed Organ)
  • 1846-50: A Metz Organ was installed at Trinity Lutheran Church when it was first located at 3rd & Lombard. The Metz organ was a 1 manual, tracker organ. The Metz organ was sold when Trinity relocated and needed a larger organ. The Metz organ still exists and is located at San Salvator Lutheran Church in Venedy, IL.
  • 1864: The larger Pfeffer Organ was installed at Trinity Lutheran Church when it relocated to 8th & Soulard. The organ was a 2 manual, tracker organ located in the back balcony.
  • 1898: A Kilgen Organ was installed after the 1896 tornado and the rebuilding of Trinity. It was a 2 manual, tracker organ installed in the front balcony. It was slightly more modest in size compared to the previous organ and reused the remaining Pfeffer pipework that survived the tornado.
  • 1928: The Kilgen Organ was refurbished and modernized. The organ now consisted of 26 ranks. It was changed to a detached, 3 manual, electro-pneumatic console. It was revoiced from a more Baroque sound to a more Romantic organ sound.
  • 2014: The current Schantz Organ is installed. It is a 52 rank organ with a newly added Gallery Organ. The three manual, movable console is again located in the back balcony. Many of the Pfeffer and Kilgen pipes were reused and combined with the new pipework

Fox 2 NOW’s coverage of the Organ’s Easter debut

Rebuilt 20 ranks Pfeffer/Kilgen, Historic Trinity Lutheran Church instrument

3 manuals and pedal, Schantz console, located in Gallery

37 stops/43 ranks (chancel organ)

7 stops/9 ranks (gallery organ)

16’ Bourdon 29 Pipes

8’ 1st Open Diapason 61 Pipes

8’ 2nd Open Diapason 61 Pipes

8’ Philomela 49 Pipes

8’ Gamba 61 Pipes

8’ Bourdon 16’ Bourdon

4’ Principal 61 Pipes

4’ Chimney Flute 61 Pipes

2 2/3’ Twelfth 61 Pipes

2’ Fifteenth 61 Pipes

2’ Mixture III 183 Pipes

8’ Tromba 61 Pipes

8’ Tuba Choir

Tremolo

Chimes 25 Bells

Zimbelstern 5 Bells

16’ Lieblich Bourdon 73 Pipes

8’ Diapason 61 Pipes

8’ Salicional 61 Pipes

8’ Voix Celeste (tc) 49 Pipes

8’ Stopped Diapason Lieblich Bourdon

4’ Principal 61 Pipes

4’ Flauto Traverso 61 Pipes

2 2/3’ Nasard 61 Pipes

2’ Recorder 61 Pipes

1 3/5’ Tierce 61 Pipes

2’ Mixture V 305 Pipes

16’ Waldhorn 73 Pipes

8’ French Trumpet 61 Pipes

8’ Cornopean Waldhorn

8’ Oboe 61 Pipes

4’ Clarion 61 Pipes

8’ Vox Humana 61 Pipes

Tremolo

8’ Geigen Principal 61 Pipes

8’ Dulciana 61 Pipes

8’ Unda Maris (tc) 49 Pipes

8’ Gedeckt 61 Pipes

8’ Clarabella 61 Pipes

4’ Fugara 61 Pipes

2’ Zauberflote 61 Pipes

8’ Clarinet 61 Pipes

Tremolo

8’ Tuba 61 Pipes, 18” Wind Pressure

32’ Untersatz 32 Notes

16’ Open Diapason 56 Pipes

16’ Bourdon 44 Pipes

16’ Lieblich Bourdon Swell

8’ Octave 16’ Open Diapason

8’ Bass Flute 16’ Bourdon

8’ Lieblich Gedeckt Swell

4’ Fifteenth 16’ Open Diapason

16’ Trombone 32 Pipes

16’ Waldhorn Swell

8’ Cornopean Swell

4’ Clarion Swell

8’ Tuba Choir

8’ Violin Diapason 61 Pipes

8’ Voce Umana (gg) 54 Pipes

8’ Gedackt 73 Pipes

4’ Principal 61 Pipes

4’ Spillflote 8’ Gedackt

2’ Doublette 61 Pipes

2’ Mixture III 183 Pipes

8’ Fagotto 61 Pipes

Tremolo

Zimbelstern 5 Bells

16’ Gedacktbass 12 Pipes

8’ Gedackt 8’ Gedackt

16’ Contra Fagotto 12 Pipes