$1M pipe organ being installed at UT Alumni Memorial Building

$1M pipe organ being installed at UT Alumni Memorial Building

June 23, 2006

KNOXVILLE (WATE/AP) -- A pipe organ as big as a small house is taking shape at the University of Tennessee.

The $1 million instrument, a donation, has over 2,700 pipes and is being installed in the Alumni Memorial Building. Click here for an artist's rendering of the organ.

The organ was built by Richards, Fowkes & Company of Ooltewah.

The company will be spending much of the summer and fall "voicing" the instrument and adjusting the pipes' sound specifically for the space.

The organ is a tracker organ, which uses mechanical rather than electrical actions to operate its air valves.

Fowkes & Company also built the pipe organ in Knoxville's Westminster Presbyterian Church. It was completed in 1999.

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