Baylor University has many fine organs on campus. In addition, five new practice rooms in the organ wing of the McCrary Music Building house a variety of instruments. Included among these are a new 3-manual pipe organ built by Ross King, a 5-rank tracker by Roy Redman, and another 3-manual, 19-rank organ built by Tom Corner. Gifts from Dr. Virginia Furrow and Mrs. John Spencer provided funds for the King and Corner organs.
The McLane Organ in Jones Concert Hall
The McLane Organ in Jones Concert Hall, a generous gift from the Drayton McLane family, was designed as an eclectic instrument capable of serving many functions: for solo concerts encompassing the full range of organ literature, for use with orchestra, for teaching advanced organ majors, and for accompanying the many excellent Baylor choirs. It serves all those functions exceedingly well. In addition, the mahogany case, with its gold-leafed free-form metal pipe shades, provides a stunning accent to the 1000-seat concert hall.
The Letourneau Organ in Markham Organ Studio
The Markham Organ Studio in the Glennis McCrary Music Building at Baylor University is the teaching studio of Dr. Joyce Jones, Organist-in-Residence and the Joyce Oliver Bowden Professor of Organ at Baylor. The studio was named for Dr. Robert Markham, who taught organ at Baylor for over fifty years. The stoplist for the Letourneau organ was planned by Dr. Jones. In a reverberant acoustical setting, it is a versatile organ capable of playing all styles of literature. The organ has a suspended action, with a 64-level solid-state combination action. It is used for smaller departmental recitals, sophomore solo recitals, and organ studio class, and is the major teaching instrument for the organ department.
The Higginbotham Memorial Organ in Roxy Grove Hall
The Higginbotham Memorial Organ in Roxy Grove Hall was installed in 1972. It was funded by a gift from Laura Higginbotham Osborne in memory of her parents. For many years, it was the major recital and teaching instrument in the School of Music. It is used for solo and departmental recitals, accompanying, and recitals by junior organ majors. There is a 250-level solid-state combination action controlling 12 general pistons and 8 pistons for each division.
The Travis Johnson Memorial Organ in Recital Hall II
The Travis Johnson Memorial Organ was given by his wife, Margaret Bassett Johnson, and their children. This organ is used for a variety of programs, most notably the series comprising the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
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