New Organs

January 19, 2003

The Reuter Organ Company, Lawrence, Kansas, has built a new
organ for University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington. Opus 2196 is a
large instrument of 93 ranks across four manuals and pedal (with preparations
for a total of 104 ranks). Jo Ann Stremler is resident organist.

Each major division contains a principal chorus as its
backbone. The Great stands as a full-bodied organ, very comfortable with its
role in leading worship, with a vast array of principals and reeds. The Swell
and Choir divisions both contain a full complement of strings, flutes, and
reeds. The Swell is fashioned in a French style, the Choir more English and
designed for accompaniment. The Solo division is filled with sounds that can
assume the lead role in many situations. Containing both principal and
imitative colors, this division can brilliantly display arching tunes and
crowning melodies. The Pedal division is quite large, based on its own
Principal chorus. It is supported with a true 32' Contra Posaune. The entire
instrument is ennobled with both a searing Trompette En Chamade and a
wonderfully broad Tuba. Wind pressures range from 3 to 27 inches, supplied by a
combined 15 horsepower.

The congregation of University Presbyterian Church in the
University of Washington district of Seattle is diverse, socially conscious,
and sacrificial. This new instrument is just part of a growing ministry this
church offers to the citizens of Seattle on a weekly basis. Regular worship is
held five times on Sunday, with special services and meetings throughout the
week. There is an active student congregation from the nearby campus.

In keeping with the outreach mission of the Church, and this
worshipping assembly in particular, University Presbyterian Church insisted
this pipe organ be used to minister to the community. Under that premise, the
church desired an instrument that would:

1. Lead the congregation in Christian worship through
Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, in the context of moving services.

2. Accompany the choirs in singing repertoire ranging from
Baroque cantatas and major oratorios, to English choral anthems, as well as
diverse contemporary compositions.

3. Accompany various vocal and instrumental soloists.

4. Possess musical resources for its role in solo organ
literature performed in worship services.

5. Be user-friendly and accessible as a teaching instrument
for use by the larger community of Seattle, and thus to continue a tremendous
tradition of church music.

6. Possess the tonal nuances required to play nearly all
possible musical idioms in its role as one of Seattle's major concert organs.

7. Be visually pleasing to complement the newly remodeled
sanctuary. The new Reuter organ meets and exceeds these goals.

When first entering the room, one is struck by the
pronounced organ case. Spanning the front of the sanctuary with 80 pipes--40 on
either side of the chancel--this spectacular facade plays beautifully with the
light and colors of the windows and room. A dialogue between pipe materials and
hues contrasts the silvery luster of the tin pipes tempered by the
bluish-orange billows of flamed copper. The tin and copper stand in groups of
five each, side by side, in alternation. The case enhances the perception of
height and weight in the chancel and gives definition and dynamic to the room.

Dame Gillian Weir dedicated the instrument in a recital on
Friday, March 31, 2000. Her program included works by Tournemire, Schnizer, Bach,
Willan, Jongen, Francaix, and Wiedermann. John Weaver played three recitals
there in July in conjunction with the AGO National Convention. He has also
recently recorded a compact disc of the instrument, released this summer on the
Pro Organo label, and containing original works by Weaver, Bach, Brahms, and
Franck. Other celebratory plans call for special concerts and dedication
activities through the end of the year, including special events during the
Advent and Christmas seasons.

University Presbyterian Church deserves Reuter's thanks and
gratitude. It isn't every day an organ-builder is given this kind of
magnificent opportunity. For the trust and faith with which the congregation
commissioned Opus 2196, the Reuter Organ Company is exceedingly appreciative.

--Christopher Leaver

The Reuter Organ Company

 

GREAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                  51/3' style='mso-tab-count:1'>      Gross Nasard

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

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

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

                  31/5' style='mso-tab-count:1'>      Gross Tierce

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

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

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

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

                  II style='mso-tab-count:1'>              Sub
Mixture

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

                  IV style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Cymbale

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

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

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

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             French
Horn (Solo)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             English
Horn (Solo)

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

                                    Tremulant

                                    Chimes
(digital)

                                    Harp
(digital)

                                    Cymbelstern

                                    Gt
16-UO-4

                                    Sw/Gt
16-8-4

                                    Ch/Gt
16-8-4

                                    So/Gt
16-8-4

                                    Gt/Ch
Transfer

SWELL

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

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

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

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Viole
de Gambe

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

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

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

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

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

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

                  2' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Quarte
de Nasard

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

                  IV-VI style='mso-tab-count:1'>   Plein Jeu

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

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

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Voix
Humaine

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

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Trompette
en Chamade (Gt)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Trompette
en Chamade (Gt)

                                    Tremulant

                                    Sw
16-UO-4

                                    So/Sw
16-8-4

CHOIR

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

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Voce
Umana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Erzahler
Celeste

                  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'>      Nineteenth

                  1' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Twentysecond

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

                  III style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Dolce
Cornet

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

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Tuba
(Solo)

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

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             French
Horn (Solo)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             English
Horn (Solo)

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Trompette
en Chamade (Gt)

                                    Tremulant

                                    Ch
16-UO-4

                                    Sw/Ch
16-8-4

                                    So/Ch
16-8-4

                                    Pedal
on Choir

SOLO

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

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Gross
Gamba (prep)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Gamba
Celeste (prep)

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Grand
Octave (prep)

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

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             French
Horn

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

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

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

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

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

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

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Trompette
en Chamade (Gt)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Trompette
en Chamade (Gt)

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Trompette
en Chamade (Gt)

                                    Tremulant

                                    Harp
(digital)

                                    Chimes
(prep)

                                    So
16-UO-4

                                    Sw/So
16-8-4

                                    Ch/So
8

                                    Great
on Solo

PEDAL

                  32' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Sub
Principal (digital)

                  32' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Sub
Bourdon (digital)

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

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Sub
Principal (Gt)

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Gemshorn
(Ch)

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

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Holzbourdon
(Gt)

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

                  102/3' style='mso-tab-count:1'>   Quintbourdon (Sw)

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Sub
Principal (Gt)

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

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

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

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

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

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Sub
Principal (Gt)

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

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

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

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

                  VI style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Cornet
(prep)

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

                  32' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Contra
Fagot (digital)

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

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Double
Trumpet (Ch)

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

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

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Clarinet
(Solo)

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

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

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

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

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

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Basson
(Gt)

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Trompette
en Chamade (Gt)

                                    Chimes
(prep)

                                    Pedal
Divide

                                    Gt/Ped
8-4

                                    Sw/Ped
8-4

                                    Ch/Ped
8-4

                                    So/Ped
8-4-2

 

Fabry Pipe Organs, Inc., Fox Lake, IL, has rebuilt the organ
at the United Methodist Church of Hinckley, IL. The original 1926 Möller
was a one-chamber, seven-rank organ. At some point, parts of a used Wicks organ
were added to make an independent Great division. In 1998, the congregation
decided to built a new sanctuary and move the organ to the new location. As
part of the project, the organ was totally rebuilt, updated mechanically, and
prepared for future additions: all new main chestwork, total rebuild of offset
chests, all reeds repaired and revoiced, several new reservoirs, solid state
conversion of the console and relay systems, solid state expression motors,
electric tremolos, new blower unit, new rectifier unit, new airline system, new
slide tuners, and re-engineered for the new chamber area. Lee Luker coordinated
the entire construction project; Judy Royer and Janice Carns are the church's
organists; the pastor is The Rev. D. Robin Benson. Crew leaders from Fabry
included David G. Fabry and Joseph Poland.

 

GREAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

                  III style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Mixture
(prep)

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

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

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

SWELL

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

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

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

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

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Spitz
Principal (prep)

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Flute
Traverso (ext Ged)

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

                  2' style='mso-tab-count:1'>             Spitz
Principal (prep)

                  11/3' style='mso-tab-count:1'>      Octave Quint (ext
Naz)

                  III style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Plein
Jeu (prep)

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

PEDAL

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

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

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

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

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

                  III style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Mixture
(prep)

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>          Trombone
(Gt)

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

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

 

Jaeckel, Inc., Duluth, Minnesota, has built a new organ,
Opus 22, for the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Sarasota,
Florida. The organ has 23 stops and 28 ranks over two manuals and pedal;
mechanical key action, electric stop action with pistons and 16 memory levels;
tremblant; detached low-profile console; Clochettes; wind stabilizers on/off.
The Montre, Flûte harmonique, Doublette, and Fourniture of the
Grand-Orgue, the Flûte octaviante and Octavin of the Récit, and
the Montre of the Pédale are of 75% tin; Prestant and Trompette of the
G.O., Viole de gambe, Voix céleste, Basson, Trompette harmonique and Hautbois
of the Réc., and Flûte and Bombarde of the Pédale are of
50% tin; the remaining metal pipes are of 15% tin. Manual/pedal compass is
56/30.

 

GRAND-ORGUE

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Flûte
harmonique

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Bourdon
(18 pipes of wood, 38 of                                                              style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 15% tin)

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

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

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

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Cornet
IV

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

RÉCIT EXPRESSIF

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>         Bourdon
(30 pipes of wood, 26 of                                                              15%
tin)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Viole
de gambe

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Cor
de nuit (wood bass octave)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Voix
céleste

                  4' style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Flûte
octaviante

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

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

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

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

PÉDALE

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

                  16' style='mso-tab-count:1'>         Soubasse
(18 pipes from Réc Bour-                                    don,
12 pipes of wood)

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Montre
(12 pipes from G.O.)

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

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

                  8' style='mso-tab-count:1'>            Trompette
(G.O.)

Couplers

                                    Grand-Orgue
to Pedale

                                    Recit
to Pedale

                                    Recit
to Grand-Orgue

 

 

 

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