A Tour of the Maurine Jackson Smith Pipe Organ at UNLV

Dec. 3, 2019

 

Christian Lentz who services & tunes instruments throughout the desert southwest takes us on a tour of the Maurine Jackson Smith Pipe Organ which has a permanent home in the UNLV Performing Arts Center and UNLV School of Music's own Doc Rando Recital Hall.

 

 

Christian also serves as a Member at Large on the Board of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

The massive instrument was originally installed after a four-year building process. Its 10,000 pieces were handmade in Hamburg, Germany, and shipped to Las Vegas. It took the previous summer to install. The organ has three manuals (that's a keyboard to most of us), 38 stops (which control the flow of air to the pipes), and 3,000 pipes arranged into 53 sets. It is the largest pipe organ in the state.

Once the organ was installed, it took six weeks to tune the instrument because each pipe needed to be tuned individually and then in chorus.

The pipe organ was made possible by a $500,000 donation from the family of the late Maurine Jackson Smith, an organ aficionado. She graduated from UNLV in 1995 magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in history at the age of 59.

In September 2019, the Edward D. Smith Family of Las Vegas offered a most generous Endowment Fund for the maintenance and repair of this incredible instrument in perpetuity.