George A. Seaver Memorial Theatre Pipe Organ
Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse
7997 California Avenue
Fair Oaks, California


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George A. Seaver, a charter member, expressed a dream for Sierra Chapter to possess its own theatre pipe organ, but he died in 1972 before his dream could come true. In 1974, Sierra Chapter purchased Larry Weid's home organ, a two-manual, seven-rank, style E Wurlitzer (Opus 939). This organ, originally from the Palace Theatre in San Leandro, California, was installed in the Golden Bear Playhouse at Cal Expo.

Cal Expo was managed by Kirk Breed who changed it to an agricultural type of enterprise. Plans were made to convert the Playhouse into more exhibit space, so Sierra Chapter decided to move the organ to another location. Dale Mendenhall, another charter member, made arrangements to have the organ installed at Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse.

From November 1980 to March 1981, Sierra Chapter members went to work installing pipe chambers on each side of the stage; a console storage enclosure; a five horsepower turbine blower in its own special housing; tremulants, regulators, and wind lines under the stage; and a rolling console platform. About thirty people worked ten-thousand man-hours at the Clubhouse to complete the project. Dave Moreno and Dale Mendenhall were the crew chiefs, and they expanded the organ from seven ranks to eleven ranks.

The organ has been through many changes, improvements, and additions. The two-manual Wurlitzer console was soon outgrown. A three-manual Robert Morton console, once owned by Hollywood musician Buddy Cole, was donated by Steve Restivo from San Jose. The old relay system was replaced with a Z-tronics multiplex system, and an English Post Horn and Tuba Horn were added bringing the organ to its present thirteen ranks of pipes.

Console
Morton console donated to Sierra Chapter by Steve Restivo
Donna Parker
Donna Parker at the Sierra Chapter 3/13 Wurlitzer/Morton
Console
Closeup view of the Morton console keydesk
Main Chamber
Main chamber of the Sierra Chapter 3/13 Wurlitzer/Morton

Specification

PEDAL
16 Ophicleide
16 Diaphone
16 Contra Tibia
16 Bourdon
8 Post Horn
8 Tuba Horn
8 Diapason
8 Tibia Clausa
8 Clarinet
8 Cello
8 Flute
16 Piano
8 Piano
Bass Drum
Tympani
Crash Cymbal
Cymbal
Pedal Select
8 Acc. to Pedal
8 Great to Pedal
8 Solo to Pedal
ACCOMPANIMENT
8 Trumpet
8 Tuba Horn
8 Diapason
8 Tibia Clausa
8 Clarinet
8 Solo String
8 Viol Celeste
8 Flute
8 Vox Humana
4 Octave
4 Tibia Clausa
4 Solo String
4 Viol Celeste
4 Flute
4 Vox Humana
2 2/3 Twelfth
2 Piccolo
8 Piano
4 Piano
8 Sub Harp
4 Harp
Chrysoglott
Snare Drum
Tambourine
Castanets
Wood Block
Cymbal
Trap Select
4 Acc. Octave
8 Solo to Acc.

Acc. Second Touch
8 Post Horn
8 Trumpet
8 Tuba Horn
8 Diapason
8 Piano
8 Sub Harp
Xylophone
Orchestra Bells
Chimes
8 Solo to Acc.
GREAT
16 Post Horn TC
16 Trumpet TC
16 Ophicleide
16 Contra Tibia
16 Clarinet TC
16 String Celeste TC
16 Vox Humana TC
8 Trumpet
8 Tuba Horn
8 Diapason
8 Tibia Clausa
8 Kinura
8 Clarinet
8 Solo String
8 Viol Celeste
8 Flute Celeste
8 Vox Humana
5 1/3 Tibia Quint
4 Octave
4 Tibia Clausa
4 Solo String
4 Viol Celeste
4 Flute Celeste
2 2/3 Tibia Twelfth
2 2/3 Twelfth
2 Tibia Piccolo
2 Piccolo
1 3/5 Tibia Tierce
1 Fife
16 Piano
8 Piano
4 Piano
4 Harp
Chrysoglott
Xylophone
Orchestra Bells
16 Great Sub
Unison Off
4 Great Octave
16 Solo to Great
16 Solo to Great Pizz.
8 Solo to Great Pizz.
5 1/3 Great Quint
SOLO
8 Post Horn
8 Trumpet
8 Tuba Horn
8 Diapason
8 Tibia Clausa
8 Kinura
8 Clarinet
8 String Celeste
8 Vox Humana
4 Tibia Clausa
2 2/3 Tibia Twelfth
2 Tibia Piccolo
1 3/5 Tibia Tierce
8 Piano
8 Sub Harp
Chrysoglott
Xylophone
Orchestra Bells
Chimes
16 Solo Sub
4 Solo Octave