The Daniels Recital Hall Organ
The majestic pipe organ in Daniels Recital Hall (former First United Methodist Church) contains over 4,000 pipes from 32" in length down to less than 2" in length. It was built as Opus 2479 meaning that it was the 2,479th pipe organ built by Austin Pipe Organs of Hartford, CT. Austin is the same company that built the Mormon Tabernacle Organ console as well as many other fine, historic instruments across the world. Some of the pipes in this wonderful organ date back to the year the church was originally built. Austin made use of some of the fine historic pipes already in the church when they designed and built Opus 2479. It is an instrument built in the American Classic style of pipe organ building making it one of the largest and most flexible pipe organs in the Northwest. The building and voicing of this organ especially for the space makes it one of the finest pipe organs in America built in the American Classic Style.
Austin Pipe Organs is the only remaining Great Name from the Grand Period of American organ building. Companies like M.P. MÖller, Aeolian-Skinner, Kimball and a host of others have closed their doors and passed from living to legend. By good management of a good product, and by moderation in all things, Austin has survived the vicissitudes of economic hardship and perhaps of greater significance: stylistic change, to emerge with the experience that comes from over a century of works of all kinds, styles and sizes, from grand concert organs to small chapel instruments.
A tour through the Austin factory is an object lesson in the mechanical ingenuity of John T. Austin. He not only developed unique organ actions, but fantastic machines which helped to build them. His designs have proven timeless; while taking advantage of modern materials, a new Austin is still fashioned on the same principles developed more than a century ago.