Laukoff Pipe Organ


Trinity's pipe organ

Trinity's Pipe Organ

The Trinity pipe organ was purchased by Trinity Episcopal Church in 1964 for the sum of $10,000.

The organ was built in 1960 for the personal use of Swain and Kates, Inc., by a West German firm, Laukoff, with over two hundred years experience in the manufacture of pipe organs.

About the Organ

The organ contains 854 pipes divided among 18 ranks on two keyboards and pedal. The pipes are made of tin, lead, zinc and wood, and represent all the major families of organ tone. Principles, flutes, strings, reeds and mixtures are all present with one or more members. It also has a Zimbelstern (bells) and a tremolo stop.

Part of the display pipes in the front of the case are of polished tin; the others, of a specially finished Brazilian pine.

The action of the organ is a modern version of mechanical action trackers. The working portions of the organ are made of Teflon plastic and steel.

The organ was purchased by Trinity Episcopal Church in 1964 for the sum of $10,000.

Our organist at the organStops on the organ include:

    Swell (upper manual)

  • 8’ Schalmei
  • 8′ Gedakt
  • 4’ Principle
  • 2’ Flute
  • Mixture
    Great (lower manual)

  • 8’ Rohrflote
  • 8’ String
  • 4’ Flute
  • 2’ Gemshorn

  • 16’ Subbass
  • 8’ Flute
  • 4’ +2’ Choralebass
  • 16’ Bassoon

The church’s resonant pipe organ provides music for the 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services.

Organist, Tina Spriggs

Organist, Tina Spriggs

About Our Organist

Tina Matthewson Spriggs has been a professional church organist since the age of 12. In 1969, after only 6 months of organ lessons, she became the organist at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley, playing 2 services each Sunday as well as leading both the adult and junior choirs.

Tina studied as a Church Music Major at Redlands University. In 1976, she transferred to the University of the Pacific to study Music Therapy and organ performance. In 1978, she studied for a summer at the Royal School of Church Music in Croydon, England. There she studied with outstanding English artists, composers and performers there, including Sir David Willcocks, David Hurd, and Christopher Herrick, the sub-organist at Westminster Abbey in London. While living in Florida, she studied for one semester at Florida State University, taking Master’s Level lessons on the large tracker organ there.

Tina has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Therapy from the University of the Pacific, her Multiple Subject teaching credential, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Chapman University.