Schantz Organ Company, Orrville, Ohio, has completed the relocation of a 70-rank organ for St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, Norman, Oklahoma. Similar to the story of its neighboring parish, St. Thomas More, St. Mark’s obtained the instrument in 2014, and Schantz was initially engaged to provide a new mechanism. Schantz assumed the entire project as it evolved under the leadership of Adam Pajan, director of music.
Most of the pipework came from W. W. Kimball KPO 7035, built in 1928 for the Memphis, Tennessee, Civic Auditorium. The pipes were thoroughly cleaned, restored, and regulated. The mechanism is completely new and includes extra-thick expression shades for all four divisions. The façade includes speaking pipes for a new Pedal 8′ Octave. The shell of the five-manual console was restored with new replica keyboards and a solid-state control system. A dedication recital was played by Adam Pajan.
For information: schantzorgan.com.
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