Dean Billmeyer and the Northrup Aeolian-Skinner

Minnesota Orch & Restored 90-year-old Northrup Organ

Please watch and enjoy the short video of this uplifting story. If you know Dean, you must know how proud he is of this!

The talent of the Minnesota Orchestra is undeniable, but for U of M Professor of Music Dean Billmeyer, there’s been something missing in recent years until now.“Playing a big organ like this with lot of stops and lots of pipes and lots of colors. One of the really fun things is you can orchestrate music,” said Billmeyer.

This Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ was first installed at the Northrup between 1932 to 1936. It’s considered one of the most notable concert hall pipe organs in the country. During the Northrup’s 2011 renovation, the organ was carefully placed into storage.

If you would like to read more, here are four links from the OHS Database which cover the history.



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