The School of Music was established on the campus of DePauw University in 1884, evolving from a small department begun in 1882 by Professor of Mathematics John P. D. John. The School of Music was open to three classes of students: candidates for the Bachelor of Music; candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Literature in the College of Liberal Arts; and “persons who wish to pursue music to greater or lesser extent.” Those in the first group were required to have two years of piano study before entering the school and to continue that study during the freshman year. After that they could choose piano, organ, violin, voice or any orchestral instrument.
In 1911 Van Denman Thompson joined the School of Music faculty. He worked with School of Music Dean Robert McCutchan to improve the daily chapel programs. A student quartet was formed to lead hymn singing until the new Casavant organ could be installed in Meharry Hall in 1913. Thompson also formed a chapter of the American Guild of Organists on the DePauw campus in 1925, and he was a major contributor to the growth of the School of Music.
In 1976 the School of Music moved into its new home in the Performing Arts Center. The new facilities contained Kresge Auditorium, Moore Theatre, Thompson Recital Hall, classrooms, practice rooms and seven organs. In 2007 the organs in the organ studio and organ practice rooms were moved to their new spaces in the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts.
Organ study has been an integral part of the School of Music since 1884, and DePauw graduates have become successful church musicians, organ builders, ministers, university professors, private music instructors and conductors.
J. Stanford Smith Concert Organ Sound Excerpts
Von-Beckerath Organ | Located in Thompson Recital Hall
|Couplers: II/I, I/Pd, II/Pd|
|Manuals: 56 keys|
|Pedal: 32 keys|
Aeolian Skinner Organ | Located in East College Meharry Hall
Aeolian Skinner Organ: 2 manual, 14 ranks, Electro-pneumatic
|1. Chimney Flute||8'|
|7. Great unison off|
|12. Nazard||2 2/3'|
|14. Tierce||1 3/5'|
|17. Positiv unison off|
|20. Spitz Principal||8'|
|22. Spitz Principal||4'|
|24. Spitz Principal||2'|
Fisk Studio Organ | Located in Green Center 1109
|6. Stopt Diapason||8'|
J. Stanford Smith Concert Organ | Located in Kresge Auditorium
The pipe organ in Kresge Auditorium of the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts was designed and built by Wolff & Associées Ltée. from Laval, Quebec Canada. The organ, nestled in the west wall of the auditorium, has three manuals, pedal, and includes 41 speaking stops, 56 ranks, and 2,848 pipes.
This magnificent instrument has been a significant contribution to organ study at DePauw, and makes possible performances that span the body of literature written for the instrument. In addition, the organ has been a wonderful collaborative instrument, as there are extensive collections of works written for organ and choir, band, orchestra, and chamber ensembles.
The first dedication concert was performed on April 24, 2003 by Carla Edwards, University Organist. A series of additional dedication concerts took place during the academic year 2003-2004.
|GRAND-ORGUE||Manual I||no. of pipes|
|1. Bourdon||16'||wood & metal||58|
|2. Montre I-II||8'||tin, facade (2nd rank from ten. e)||101|
|3. Flûte à conique||8'||wood & metal||58|
|4. Flûte harmonique||8'||tin (C-G common with no. 3)||50|
|6. Flûte à fuseau||4'||metal||58|
|7. Nazard||2 2/3'||metal||58|
|9. Quarte de Nazard||2'||metal||58|
|10. Tierce||1 3/5'||metal||58|
|11. Fourniture||IV-V||tin (5a' added when no. 1 is drawn)||266|
|12. Trompette allemande||8'||tin (German style)||58|
|13. Trompette||8'||tin (French style)||58|
|RÉCIT (under expression)||Manual II||no. of pipes|
|14. Flûte à cheminée||8'||wood & metal||58|
|15. Viole de gambe||8'||tin||58|
|16. Voix celeste||8'||tin from tenor c||46|
|18. Flûte ouverte||4'||metal||58|
|19. Cornet (2 2/3' - 1 3/5')||II||metal||116|
|20. Flûte sylvestre||2'||metal||58|
|23. Trompette||8'||tin (French Romantic Style)||58|
|ÉCHO (under expression)||Manual III||no.of pipes|
|29. Larigot||1 1/3'||tin||58|
|30. Tierce||1 3/5'||metal||58|
|40. Trompette allemande||8'||metal||30|
A copy of the Organ Dedication brochure is available for download – including information from the organ builder, organ specifications, and a history of organ at DePauw University.