New Organs

January 19, 2003

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Our Savior's Lutheran Church,
Rockford, Illinois

Buzard Pipe Organ Builders,
Champaign, Illinois

Opus 23

 

Builder's statement

It has been a high honor to build the new organ for Our Savior's
Lutheran Church. The congregation is actively engaged in musical expression at
every service and their participation is extraordinarily high. The new organ is
a part of the congregation's ongoing growth and recent construction of a new
church building.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America is an inclusive,
living tradition which embraces diversity and newness, while fostering
liturgical expression through the Lutheran Book of Worship and its incredibly
rich musical tradition. It is truly a catholic, inclusive tradition, as are its
musics and requirements for an organ. Therefore, a balanced eclecticism must be
embraced when designing the organ. However, it is only through a single
artistic vision that such eclecticism can have integrity as the organbuilder's
individual style.

Our instruments are first and foremost accompanying organs.
Their primary roles are accompanying choirs, leading hymn-singing and lending
grandeur to ceremonial occasions. They are liturgy-spirited, but
literature-minded as well. A wide variety of solo literature played for
voluntaries and recitals is an essential requirement of an organ and is given
careful consideration when designing all our instruments. The true test of such
an instrument is its ability to sensitively accompany choral repertoire,
colorfully illuminate textual subtleties in the hymns and canticles, and
musically render the Bach "Magnificat" fugue at the close of service.

The abundance of 8-foot stops creates a blended full sound,
made more intense by each successively added stop as a crescendo is built. The
rich, warm "Buzard Trademark" strings are sufficient for leading a
congregation of 300 people, and the full Swell behind the box majestically
supports a choir without overpowering. The Festival Trumpet (a Tuba) can
regally herald the arrival of the Bishop or a bride, and it is orchestrally
appropriate to the full organ's accompaniment. The organ can text-paint the
hymns and accompaniments through registrations and subtle changes as the
meaning of the texts shifts. Within its modest stoplist are the resources to
effectively capture the sprightliness of Purcell, the spirituality of Howells,
and the intricacies of Bach's counterpoint.

The case of this organ is made of solid white oak with
walnut accents, and was designed in conjunction with the building's architects.
The facade pipes utilize flamed copper and polished tin, with the low 9 pipes
of the Pedal 16' Open Diapason made of poplar and cherry, lacquered in a color
which harmonizes with the other colors in the room. The Tuba is horizontally
mounted over the Great Organ and is made of flamed copper. The interior pipes
are made of 50% tin and lead, with 15% tin for some of the metal flutes. The
Great, Swell, and a portion of the Pedal divisions play upon 4 inches of wind
pressure. The low 10 pipes of the Pedal 16' Open Diapason and the 16' Bourdon
play on 41/4  inches, the Festival
Trumpet plays on 10 inches of pressure. The organ comprises 24 stops, 30 ranks,
across two manuals and pedal.

Thanks to the Buzard staff who have made this organ a
reality, and who turn hunks of wood and metal into living, breathing, and
singing creations worthy to praise and extol our Creator. John-Paul Buzard,
design, artistic direction, tonal finishing; Brian Davis, head voicer, manager,
tonal department, installation; Stephen P. Downes, tonal assistant,
installation; Charles Eames, general manager, engineering, installation; R.
Charles Leach, cabinetmaker, installation; Stuart Martin, cabinetmaker,
installation; Kenneth McCabe, cabinetmaker, wind system, installation; Jay K.
Salmon, office manager; Ray Wiggs, console & chest builder, installation;
Keith Williams, service department manager.

 

GREAT

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Lieblich
Gedeckt (wood)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Open
Diapason (tin-facade)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Flûte
à Bibéron  (metal)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Gedeckt
Flute (ext 16')

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

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

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

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

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

                  11/3' style='mso-tab-count:1'>      Fourniture IV

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Minor
Trumpet (Sw 16')

                                    Tremulant

                                    Cymbalstern

                                    Chimes

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Festival
Trumpet (10≤ wind)

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

                                    Gt/Gt
16-UO-4

                                    Sw/Gt
16-8-4

                                    MIDI
on Great

SWELL

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             English
Diapason

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Stopped
Diapason (wood)

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Voix
Celeste (TC)

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

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

                  2' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Flageolet

                  2' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Full
Mixture IV

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Bassoon
(full length)

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

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

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Clarion
(from 16')

                                    Tremulant

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Festival
Trumpet (Gt)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Trumpet
Solo (Gt)

                                    Sw/Sw
16-UO-4

                                    MIDI
on Swell

PEDAL

                  32' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Subbass
(1-12 digital)

                  32' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Lieblich
Gedeckt (Gt) (1-12 digi-                                                                 tal)

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Open
Diapason (wood, flamed cop-                                        per,
polished tin)

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Bourdon
(wood)

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Lieblich
Gedeckt (Gt) (wood)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Principal
(from 16') (tin-facade)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Gedeckt
Flute (from 16')

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Choral
Bass (from 8') (tin-facade)

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Trombone
(ext Sw Trpt)

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Basson
(Sw)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Trumpet
from 16')

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Clarion
(from Sw 16')

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Festival
Trumpet (Gt)

                                    Gt/Ped
8 4

                                    Sw/Ped
8 4

                                    MIDI
on Pedal

 

Festival Trumpet

Swell reed battery

 

Lauck Pipe Organ Company, Otsego, Michigan, has completed an
organ renovation project for Pillar Christian Reformed Church, Holland,
Michigan. The church's organ was originally built in 1900 by Barkhoff. In 1928,
Hinners installed an electro-pneumatic organ. Stolz Piano and Organ of Holland,
MI, was contracted in 1965 to provide a new console, recondition pipes and
replace the blower. In 1996 Lauck Pipe Organ Company installed a new 2-manual
console and completed an electric action rebuild as their Opus 42, which added
11 new ranks, repositioned the windchests, and returned the facade to the 1900
configuration. The present project added nine new ranks, including a third
manual division, revoicing and rescaling of old ranks, and a new three-manual
console. The firm's Opus 52 comprises 31 ranks, electric action. A service of
rededication took place on September 10 with guest organist Linda Hakken
performing. Jonathan Tuuk played the rededication concert on September 11.

 

GREAT

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Spitzflute

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

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Hohlflute

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

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

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

                                    Mixture
III

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

                                    Chimes

                                    Harp

                                    Gt/Gt
4

                                    Sw/Gt
16-8-4

                                    Ch/Gt
16-8-4

CHOIR

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

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Voix
Celeste (49 pipes)

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

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

                  2' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Blockflute

                  11/3' style='mso-tab-count:1'>      Larigot

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Krummhorn

                                    Tremulant

                                    Ch/Ch
16-4

                                    Sw/Ch
16-8-4

SWELL

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Rohrflute

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Viola
Celeste (49 pipes)

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

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Koppelflute

                  2' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Octave
(12 pipes)

                                    Plein
Jeu III

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Bassoon
(12 pipes)

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

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

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Clarion
(12 pipes)

                                    Tremulant

                                    Sw/Sw
16-4

PEDAL

                  32' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Untersatz

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Principal

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

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Lieblich
Gedeckt (ext, Sw)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Octave
(ext)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Bourdon
(ext)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Gedeckt
(Sw)

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Choralbass
(ext)

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Bombarde
(ext, Gt)

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Bassoon
(Sw)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Trompette
(Sw)

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Clarion
(Sw)

                                    Gt/Ped
8-4

                                    Sw/Ped
8-4

                                    Ch/Ped
8-4

Orgues Létourneau Limitée, Saint-Hyacinthe,
Québec, has completed a new organ for the historic Chapel Royal of St.
Peter ad Vincula at H.M. Tower of London. The firm's opus 70, the instrument
features mechanical key action and both mechanical and electronic stop action.
The organ was designed to accompany the chapel's professional choir, as well as
provide leadership for worship services. It is built within the 1699 case by
Father Smith, which was restored in the Létourneau workshops to its
original dimensions. The facade pipes, composed of the 8' Open Diapason, are
made of 70% tin (as is the entire principal chorus) and are gilded with 24
carat gold by artisan Isabelle Hordequin. Manual naturals are covered with
bone, accidentals are ebony; pedal naturals of maple, accidentals of ebony;
manual/ pedal compass 56/32. The photo is reproduced by permission of Historic
Royal Palaces under license from the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery
Office.

 

Crown copyright: Historic Royal Palaces

GREAT

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Bourdon
(stopped wood)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Open
Diapason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                    Tremulant

SWELL

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Violin
Diapason

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Stopped
Diapason (stopped wood)

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Voix
Celeste (TC)

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

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

                  2' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Recorder

                  11/3' style='mso-tab-count:1'>      Nineteenth

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

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Bassoon

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

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

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Clarion

                                    Tremulant

PEDAL

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Contrabass
(open wood)

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Bourdon
(stopped wood)

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Bourdon
(1-12 stopped wood)

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

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Posaune

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Trumpet
(ext)

 

R.T. Swanson, Inc., of Grand Ledge, Michigan, has built a
new organ for the chapel of Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Michigan. The
school is affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Its main
purpose is to train students in grades 9 through 12 who are anticipating
careers in the teaching and pastoral ministries. The organ will be used for
daily chapel services and as a teaching and practice instrument.

The two-manual organ comprises 20 ranks, 1186 pipes located
in a shallow chamber created from what was previously second level storage
space. Action is electro-mechanical. All pipes are new with the exception of
the Subbass, Holtzgedeckt/Gedecktbass, and Hohl-flöte, which are recycled
pipes which were revoiced to blend with the new. Facade pipes are polished zinc
and are from the bass 17 of the Great 8' Principal and the bass 18 of the Pedal
8' Octave. The console is located on a rolling platform on the chapel's main
floor and features a 32 memory combination action and out only MIDI. Compass is
61/32. The organ dedication was on August 26 and featured a performance by
Leonard Proeber.

GREAT

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

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Gemshorn

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

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Hohlflöte

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

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

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Cromorne

                                    Gt
16-UO-4

                                    Sw/Gt
16-8-4

                                    MIDI
on Gt

SWELL

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Holzgedeckt

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Gemshorn

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Gemshorn
Celeste TC

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

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Koppelflöte

                  22/3' style='mso-tab-count:1'>      Nazard TC

                  2' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Blockflöte

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

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

                                    Sw
16-UO-4

                                    MIDI
on Sw

PEDAL

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

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

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Gedecktbass

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Bassflöte

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Superoctave

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Flöte

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Bombarde

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Clarion

                                    Gt/Ped
8, 4

                                    Sw/Ped
8, 4

                                    MIDI
on Ped

 

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