Facilities and Instrument Collections

Virtual Tour

Pratt/Hammond, built in 1909/1967/2000 and thoroughly renovated in 2000, is a state-of-the-art facility that is still respectful of its history. Full of light and usable space, it is organized in a way that makes it easy to locate classrooms, library, practice space, and offices/studios. The building contains: virtual acoustic room, 14 teaching studio/offices, 12 practice rooms, 3 classrooms, keyboard lab, 2 performance/rehearsal spaces, and a library with holdings for music and dance.

Wind, Brass and Percussive Instruments

The college owns Eb clarinets, A Clarinets, piccolos, cellos and a double bass that can be borrowed by students currently enrolled in department ensembles. Students interested in borrowing these instruments should approach their ensemble directors.

In addition, students looking to rent instruments for use during their time at Mount Holyoke should approach the following businesses:

The Author Loeb Early Music Instrument Collection

This collection of early instruments greatly enhances the Mount Holyoke and Five College Early Music Programs.

Percussive Instruments

West African Instrument Collection

Two Agbadza sets (sogo, kidi, kagan), one atsimevu, two stands, two totodzi, one kloboto, 5 axatse and 5 gankogui. Students can borrow/sign out the key to the drum closet, which is kept in the music library.

Pianos and Keyboards Collection

In addition to many modern pianos, Mount Holyoke owns a wide variety of other keyboard instruments.

Details: The Hutchings and Skinner Organs

Located in the Abbey Memorial Chapel.

Great

  • Diapason 16 A
  • First Diapason 8 B
  • Second Diapason 8 B
  • Principal Flute 8 C
  • Erzähler 8 C
  • Octave 4 A
  • Flute 4 A
  • Twelfth 2 2/3 A
  • Fifteenth 2 A
  • Mixture IV D
  • Trumpet 8 A+C
  • Chimes (preparation)

Choir (enclosed)

  • Diapason 8 C
  • Melodia 8 A
  • Viola 8 A+C
  • Kleine Erzähler 8 B
  • Flute 4 A
  • Nazard 2 2/3 B
  • Piccolo 2 A
  • Tierce 1 3/5 B
  • Septieme 1 1/7 B
  • Clarinet 8 A
  • Tremolo
  • Harp (preparation)
  • Celesta (preparation)

Solo (enclosed)

  • Orchestral Flute 8 D
  • Gamba 8 B
  • Gamba Celeste 8 B
  • French Horn 8 B
  • Heckelphone 8 B
  • Tuba (unenclosed) 8C
  • Tremolo

Swell (enclosed)

  • Lieblich Bourdon 16 A
  • Diapason 8 A
  • Gedeckt 8 B
  • Clarabella 8 B
  • Salicional 8 B
  • Voix Céleste 8 B
  • Flauto Dolce 8 B
  • Flute Céleste 8 B
  • Octave 4 B
  • Violina 4 C
  • Harmonic Flute 4 A
  • Fifteenth 2 A
  • Mixture IV C
  • English Horn 16 B
  • Cornopean 8 A
  • Oboe 8 A
  • Vox Humana 8 A
  • Clarion 4 C
  • Tremolo

Pedal

  • Acoustic Bass 32 D
  • Diapason 16 A
  • Violone 16 A
  • Gemshorn 16 C
  • Bourdon 16 A
  • Lieblich Bourdon (Swell) 16 A
  • Principal (preparation) 8 D
  • Violoncello 8 A+D
  • Gedeckt 8 A
  • Still Gedeckt (Swell) 8 A
  • Octave (preparation) 4 D
  • Fagotto 32 C
  • Trombone 16 B
  • English Horn (Swell) 16 B
  • Tromba 8 B
  • Clarion 4 D

A George S. Hutchings Opus 436, 1898
B Ernest M. Skinner Opus 367, 1922
C Ernest M. Skinner & Son Opus 511, 1938
D William Baker & Co., 2001

There are two fine pipe organs, of very different styles, in Abbey Memorial Chapel. A four-manual electro-pneumatic action instrument by Hutchings/Skinner is located in the front of the sanctuary

Details: Fisk Organ

C.B. Fisk Opus 84

Located in the Abbey Memorial Chapel.

Great

(58 notes)

  • Principal 16 metal, open
  • Octava 8 metal, open
  • Spillfpfeife 8 metal, tapered
  • Violon 8 wood, open
  • Octava 4 metal, open
  • Offenflöte 4 wood, open
  • Twelfth 22/3 & Sesquialtera 13/5 metal, open
  • Superoctava 2 metal, open
  • Quinta 11/3 & Mixture II metal, open
  • Sifflet 2/3 & Scharff II metal, open
  • Trumpet 8 metal, reed
  • Positiv

(56 notes)

  • Gedackt 8 & metal, stopped
  • Gedackt II (treble) metal, open
  • Quintadena 8 wood & metal, open
  • Prestant 4 metal, open
  • Rohrflöte 4 metal, chimneys
  • Nazard 22/3 & Cornet II metal, tapered & open
  • Waldflöte 2 metal, tapered & chimneys
  • Cimbel IV metal, open
  • Dulcian 16 metal, reed
  • Shawm 8 metal, reed
  • Pedal

(30 notes)

  • Open Bass 16 wood, open
  • Spillpfeife 8 (from Great)
  • Choralbass 4 metal, open
  • Posaune 16 wood & metal, reed
  • Trumpet 8 (from Great)
  • Tremulant Wind pressure: 13/4 in.
  • Zimbelstern (45 mm.)
  • Nachtigal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Tympani
Fisk Organ

Elevated in its own balcony on the back wall is a two-manual mechanical action instrument by C.B. Fisk.

The Fisk Organ Keydesk

Fisk Organ Pedalboard

Fisk Fortepiano

In Pratt Hall, there is a five-octave Viennese fortepiano (an ancestor of the modern piano) by Peter Fisk & Jacob Kaeser.

Dowd Harpsichord

There is also a French double harpsichord by William Dowd.