New Organs

January 16, 2003

Martin Pasi and Associates of Roy, Washington, has recently
completed an organ of 33 stops for St. Augustine Catholic Church in Spokane,
Washington. Installation of the firm’s Opus 11 followed a major
renovation of the church that substantially enlivened the acoustics of the tall
cruciform structure. Built with mechanical key and electric stop action, the
organ features a detached console, allowing flexibility in the placement of
choir and instrumentalists. The sound, while room filling, is rich and gentle on
the ear. Principal sound is quite vocal in quality and a joy to sing with, due
largely to the 97% lead content of these (and most other flue) stops. A wide
array of solo colors is available, most notably the reeds: Oboe (really
Basson-Hautbois), French Trompette, German Trumpet, 4’ Pedal reed and a
delightful German style Vox Humana. Finally there is a full-length 32’
reed in the Pedal, a rarity in an instrument of this size.

The instrument speaks directly into the room from its
gallery installation. Reverberation time is almost four seconds when empty,
less but still lively as the building fills. Response to Opus 11 has been
uniformly enthusiastic from both the parish and the musical community: in
October parishoners enjoyed an “Organ Loft Open House”; the organ
was used in the AGO Region IX convention last July; and the dedicatory recital
on All Saints evening was played to a full church by Christopher Herrick. This
month will feature “The Art of Fugue” performed by James David
Christie as part of the Spokane Bach Festival. In May a concert by parish
singers and instrumentalists will feature a Handel organ concerto and the
Vivaldi Magnificat. Craig Cramer will play a recital next October. Organ
Committee members included Edward Schaefer, Rev. Paul Vevik, Janice Newell,
Charlotte Lamp, and Ken Dunlap. The Pasi staff included Markus Morscher,
windchests, case, design and installation; Michael Korchonnoff, key action,
pedalboard, wind system, installation; Emanuel Denzler, reed pipes, wind
system, stop action, installation, voicing; Martin Pasi, design, carvings,
installation, voicing, project supervisor.

–James M. Tevenan

Organist and Director of Music

St. Augustine Parish

 

GREAT

                  16’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Praestant

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Octave

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Salicional

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Rohrflöte

                  4’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Octave

                  4’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Spitzflöte

                  22/3’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>     Quinte

                  2’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Superoctave

                  11/3’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>     Mixture V

                  16’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Trumpet

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Trumpet

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Vox
Humana

SWELL

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Gamba

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Celeste
t.c.

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Bourdon

                  4’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Traverse
Flute

                  4’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Principal

                  22/3’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>     Nasard

                  2’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Waldflöte

                  13/5’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>     Tierce

                  2’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Mixture
V

                  16’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Fagotto

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Trompette

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Oboe

PEDAL

                  16’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Praestant

                  16’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Subbass

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Octave

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Bourdon

                  4’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Choralbass

                  32’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Contra
Trombone

                  16’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Trombone

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Trumpet

                  4’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Clairon

 

The Praestant 16’, Octave 8’, and Trumpet 8’
in the Pedal are transmissions from the Great

One manual coupler, two pedal couplers

Electric stop action with solid state combination action

Detached console

Mechanical action, self-compensating for seasonal changes

Tremulant

Fabry Pipe Organs, Fox Lake, Illinois, has completed a
project for the First Presbyterian Church of Harvard, Illinois. The
congregation recently built a new sanctuary, and Fabry moved and re-engineered
the church’s organ for the new location. Changes included a new Swell
chamber enclosure with room for future additions; new blower unit; rebuilt all
offset chestwork; repaired numerous ranks of pipes; built new offset chestwork
as required; totally re-wired all chestwork; solid state combination action
with multiple memories; solid state coupler relay; solid state chamber relay;
electric tremolos; total rebuild of all console equipment; new rectifier; solid
state shade action; new chime action and relay. The console is installed on a
moveable platform and is prepared for MIDI; 16 ranks, electro-pneumatic and
electric valve action. Crew leaders for the project were David Gustav Fabry and
Joseph W. Poland. Eustice Klein and Gladys Munks serve as organists of the
church.

 

GREAT

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Principal

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Rohr
Gedeckt

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Dulciana

                  4’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Octave

                  4’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Flute

                  22/3’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>     Twelfth

                  2’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Fifteenth

                                    Chimes

SWELL

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Viola

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Gedeckt

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Voix
Celeste T.C.

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Aeoline

                  4’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Quinte

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Hautbois

PEDAL

                  32’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Resultant

                  16’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Bourdon

                  16’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Lieblich
Gedeckt (dual pressure)

                  8’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Flute

                  4’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Octave

                  4’ style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Choral
Bass

 

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