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Tyler Street United Methodist Church
927 W. Tenth St.
Dallas, Texas 75208

Sanctuary

OHS Database ID 46151.

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Status and Condition

The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 3, 2015.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 11 divisions. 114 stops. 101 registers. 132 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is at the front of the room, and some pipes are exposed. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Identified through on-line information from Jeff Scofield. -- This is a combination of the church's 1954/1966 Möller Op. 8556 and 1940 4/73 Casavant Op. 1641, with some replacement pipework and many additions. (Database Manager. February 5, 2010)
  • Updated through online information from John Panning. (Database Manager. February 3, 2015)
  • Updated through online information from John R. Brown. -- Tyler Street Methodist Pipe Organ The Tyler Street Methodist Church Oak Cliff Church Gets Pipe Organ in 1954 By Vivian Skinner Tyler Street United Methodist's organ has about twice the pipes and ranks of the Lay Family Organ at the Myerson. A really majestic instrument. Here's the story: In 1954, the M. P. Möller Company installed a two-manual pipe organ in the sanctuary of the church. A fire in 1966 ruined the organ console, much of the pipe work, and the interior of the sanctuary. The sanctuary was remodeled, and Moeller put in a much larger, three-manual console and replaced the pipe work. The three-manual console was for the projected enlargement of the 21-rank instrument. IN 1974, a large four-manual, 71-rank Casavant Organ, 1940, was purchased from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with the intention of using most, if not all of the pipe work in combination with the Moeller. A new Positiv division was added to the organ and the Great division was replaced with all new pipe work. In addition to this, several new stops were purchased to supplement the existing division of the Casavant and Moeller organs. The Gallery organ was designed so that it could be played independently from its own console, or from the main console, with or without the main organ. After acquisition of the Casavant instrument, the Moeller instrument was removed to the rear gallery of the sanctuary, along with it three-manual console. In order to expedite the building of this very large instrument and practice prudent economies, interested lay persons and the music staff set up the Metroplex Organ Company. With the help of two local organ building firms, the Casavant Organ was moved to the storage in church buuildings and the Moeller Organ was made playable from the rear gallery. By 1978 the Metroplex Organ Company had long since realized the central direction would be needed in order to create a unity in mechanical and tonal design. After auditioning many instruments from coast to coast, the firm of E. A. Kelley Associates of Salem, New Hampshire was selected to voice and tonally finish the new instrument. The specification of the organ was drawn up by E. A. Kelley in consultation with Messrs. Abston and Harris. The Metroplex Organ Company, faithfully kept one division ahead of Kelley Associates, under the directions of Edwind McMackin and Michael Brooks. The tonal finishing gave a total of 131 ranks, and 7150 pipes. At the time of its completion, the organ was the largest in the State of Texas. Today, it is still one of the top 50 largest in the world. Some of the pipes are smaller than pencils, while others are four foot around and 16 foot long. The organ is versatile enough to provide the diverse sounds required for small ensembles (Paul Morell, the pastor during the installation said he wanted the organ to be able to whisper and it can!), the full choir, all styles of organ literature, or even with an orchestra, full choir, and congregation together. The Dedication of the Memorial Organ was held on April 20, 1980. Hector Olivera played. (from TSUMC website) (Database Manager. February 3, 2015)

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Church Exterior. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2015-07-05
Church Exterior. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2015-07-05
Chancel, Pipe Display, and Console. Photograph courtesy of Tyler Street UMC
Gallery Pipe Display and Fanfare Trumpet. Photograph courtesy of Tyler Street UMC
Console. Photograph courtesy of Tyler Street UMC

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist copied from church documents

  •         Dallas, Texas
            Tyler Street United Methodist Church
    
            Casavant   Op. 1641    1940   4/73
            Möller     Op. 8556    1954   2/
            Möller     Op. R-772   1967   3/21
            Metroplex              1978   4/131
            ____________________________________________________________________
    
            CHANCEL GREAT              SOLO                        GALLERY GREAT
    
        16' Bourdon                 8' Diapason                16' Bourdon
         8' Open Diapason           8' Diapason Celeste         8' Principal
         8' Stopped Diapason        8' Double Flute             8' Gedeckt
         8' Gemshorn                4' Octave                   4' Octave
     5 1/3' Quint                   4' Triangle Flute           4' Gedeckt
         4' Principal               2' Piccolo              2 2/3' Twelfth
         4' Flute                  II  Cornet                   2' Fifteenth
         2' Fifteenth              IV  Harmonics              III  Mixture
         2' Recorder                8' Tuba Magna                  Blank
        IV  Mixture                 8' English Horn                Blank
        IV  Sharp Mixture           8' French Horn
         8' Trumpet                    Tremolo                     GALLERY SWELL
            Great Silent               Solo Silent
            Blank                                               8' Chimney Flute
            Blank                      FANFARE                  8' Viola
            Blank                                               8' Viola Celeste
            GAL I on GT            16' Harmonic Trumpet         4' Principal
            GAL II on GT            8' Harmonic Trumpet         4' Stopped Flute
                                    8' Fanfare Trumpet      2 2/3' Quint Flute
            CHANCEL SWELL           4' Fanfare Trumpet          2' Gemshorn
                                       Blank                1 1/3' Octave Quint
        16' Grand Viole                Blank                  III  Mixture
         8' Open Diapason              Fanfare ON                  Blank
         8' Stopped Diapason           GAL I on SO                 Blank
         8' Viola                      GAL II on SO                Blank
         8' Viola Celeste                                          Blank
         4' Octave                     BOMBARDE                    Blank
         4' Traverse Flute                                         Blank
         4' Violina                16' Bombarde
         2' Fifteenth               8' Bombarde Tromba             GALLERY PEDAL
    III-IV  Cornet                  4' Bombarde Clarion
        IV  Mixture                    Bombarde Silent         16' Subbass
        16' Double Trumpet                                     16' Bourdon
         8' Trumpet                    POSITIVE                 8' Principal
         8' Hautboy                                             8' Pommer
         8' Vox Humana              8' Bourdon              5 1/3' Quint
         4' Clarion                 4' Flute Couvert            4' Choralbass
            Tremolo             2 2/3' Nazard                 III  Mixture
            Swell Silent            2' Doublette               16' Trumpet
            Strings Super       1 3/5' Tierce                   4' Cremona
            Blank               1 1/3' Larigot                     Blank
            Blank                 III  Cymbale                     Blank
            Blank                   8' Ranquette                   Blank
            GAL I on SW                Tremolo
            GAL II on SW               Blank
                                       Blank
            CHOIR                      Choir Silent
                                       Positive ON
         8' Flauto Amabile
         8' Eoline                     PEDAL
         8' Flauto Dolce
         8' Voce Corale            32' Echo Bourdon
         4' Principale             32' Acoustic Bass
         4' Celestina              16' Dbl Open Diapason
     2 2/3' Duodecima              16' Subbass
         2' Quintadecima           16' Bourdon
     1 3/5' Decima Septa           16' Grand Viola
     1 1/3' Decima Nona             8' Principal
        16' Corno d'Amore           8' Bourdon
         8' Tromba              5 1/3' Quint
         4' Trombina                4' Choralbass
            Tremolo                 4' Clear Flute
            Blank                   2' Night Horn
            Blank                 VII  Grand Cornet
            Blank                  32' Bombarde  F/L
            Zimbelstern            16' Trombone
            Chimes Main            16' Trumpet
                                   16' Corno d'Amore
                                    8' Trumpet
                                    4' Rohrschalmei
                                       Tremolo
                                       Main Pedal Silent
    
                     [Received from Jeff Scofield October 16, 2015]
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