The Estey Pipe Organ

The Pipes of Gunnison

The Estey Pipe Organ was built in Brattleboro, Vermont in 1925. It was installed in Gunnison Memorial Chapel during late 1925 and inaugurated in a concert in January 1926. Here are the Estey Organ Specifications.

St. Lawrence University Organ Concert Series 2021-2022

September 17 - Music for High Holy Days (Virtual)
September 2 7- Exploring the Pipes (Virtual)

November 5 - Remembering! (Virtual)
January 28 - Celebrating the Estey Organ (Virtual)
February 18 - Music for Black History Month (Virtual)

April 15 - Music for Good Friday (12:15 p.m.)
April 27 - Music for Yom HaShoah (7:00 p.m.)
April 30 - Johann Sebastian Bach Marathon (3:00-6:00 p.m.)

St. Lawrence University Virtual Organ Concert Series 2020-2021

All 2020-2021 concerts are recorded in Gunnison Memorial Chapel.

September 11 - Music for Meditation & Reflection 9/11
The St. Lawrence University Chaplain’s Office 2020-21 Organ Concert Series begins with a Reflection for the 19th Anniversary of 9/11 by The Rev. Dr. Shaun Whitehead, St. Lawrence University Chaplain.

September 25 - Music for High Holy Days
Featuring the music of Herman Berlinski, noted organist, composer, and pianist, to reflect on the music for the New Year (Rosh Hashana) and the Day of Atonement  (Yom Kippur).
Herman Berlinski (1910 – 2001)

October 17 - Laurentian Weekend Organ Concert
The Laurentian Weekend – “Explore the Pipes!” concert is part of the Chaplain’s Office Organ Concert Series. This virtual concert will explore the pipes of the Estey Organ. The Estey Organ, designed and constructed especially for Gunnison Memorial Chapel by the Estey Organ Company of Burlington, Vermont, in 1926, was donated by Charles A. Coffin, co-founder and first president of the General Electric Company. This concert will feature music by Dietrich Buxtehude, Marcel Dupré, Herman Berlinski, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

October 24 - The 11th Annual (1st Virtual) Johann Sebastian Bach Marathon
View a flautist, singers, a violinist, and an organist honor the 335th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach. The concert will be available on the Chaplain’s Office website beginning October 26.

November 13 - Music for Remembering Those We Have Lost in Wars and to Covid-19
Remembering is important. Reflecting on the values and truths we recall from earlier generations is vital. The music selected for this concert offers an opportunity for meditation and reflection featuring the music of Gerald Finzi, Frank Bridge, Samuel Barber, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Dudley Buck. Dudley Buck’s arrangement of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ with its several concert variations will conclude the program. Performing will be Abigail Evans’20, violin and Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organ.

December 4 - Music For Christmas 
This year the pandemic precludes the lusty voicing of our most loved songs and carols of the season.  All of the organ selections will be based on familiar Christmas carols with arrangements by renowned composers such as Andrew Carter, Louis-Claude Daquin, Dietrich Buxtehude, Gerre Hancock, and David Willcocks. Plan to listen and hum along. Performing will be Sondra Goldsmith Proctor.

January 29 - Music for Healing 
The lush organ music of César Franck (1822-1890) opens the semester’s series with Chorale in E-Major, Cantabile, and Pièce Heroique. Listen as the 1926 Estey Organ showcases the quality of the large chords that pianist, organist, professor, and composer Franck loved to use. Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, organist, will perform.

February 19 - Music for Black History Month
‘We Shall Overcome,’ a four movement Suite for Solo Organ and Narrators, is based on the songs and struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. Familiar spirituals are used to tell the stories of the movement. Sharon J. Willis, composer of the work, is Choral Director and Voice Instructor at Morris Brown College in Atlanta. Dr. Willis is known as a conductor, composer and professional opera singer

March 19 - Bach's Birthday - 371st Birthday Celebration of J.S. Bach
The stunning repertoire of Johann Sebastian Bach will again be on display from Gunnison Memorial Chapel.

 April 2 - Music for Good Friday
The text of the Seven Last Words will form the basis for the concert with organ music to help in remembering what the text means. Performed in the style of Lessons and Carols, each word will be followed by an organ reflection.

April 7 - Yom HaShoah: Remembrance of Holocaust Day
With candles, readings and music for reflection, we will remember.

May 28 - Remembering on Memorial Day 2021
Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have gone before, to remember their service and caring and to honor all who continue to serve as first responders, medical personnel and essential workers. From the beginning of our country to the present, let us remember and honor all those who serve and have served our country. 

St. Lawrence University Recitals 2019-2020

Friday, September 20, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel Series
Exploring the World with the Organ

Friday, October 4, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel Series
Music for High Holy Days

Friday, November 8, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel Series
Celebrating our Diverse Country

Friday, December 6, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel Series
Music for Christmas

Friday, January 24, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel Series
A Time of Joyous Reflection

Friday, February 7, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel Series
Music for Black History Month

Saturday, March 28, 1:30 to 6:00 p.m. - 11th Annual J.S. Bach Marathon - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Friday, April 10, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel - CANCELED
Music for Good Friday

Monday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. - Yom HaShoah: Music for Meditation - CANCELED

St. Lawrence University Recitals 2018-2019

Friday, September 14, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel Series
Music for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Friday, October 26, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel Series
Music of the French School

Friday, November 9, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel Series
Music of Peace

Friday, December 7, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel Series
Music for Christmas

Monday, January 20, 7:00 p.m. - Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance

Friday, January 25, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel Series
Organ Masters of the German and English Schools

Friday, February 8, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel Series
Music for Black History Month: Spirituals and Their Arrangers

Friday, March 8, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel Series
Early German and English Composers: Buxtehude and Scheidt

March 30, 1:30 to 6:00 p.m. - Tenth Annual J.S. Bach Marathon

Friday, April 26, 12:15 p.m. - Noon in the Chapel Series
The Music of Leonard Bernstein