The new organ will grace our Sanctuary likely by mid-Summer 2018 and will bring with it a modification to the interior frontal design of the church designed by a professional architectural firm to accomodate key components of the instrument. A placard currently on display in the Narthex of the Church represents these changes. The organ will feature the following state-of-the-art characteristics (more information available at Allenorgan.com):
- A movable console consisting of three manuals, AGO standard conclave pedalboard, and 50 Stops (58 stops with optional GeniSys Voices - two stops per division) in drawknob configuration
- GeniSys Voicing and Display - advanced touchscreen control providing access to the many functions of a modern console, known as a Vista Navigator or a sequencer; 40 combination action memory levels (and many more via USB drive) to meet the demands of most organ literature and service playing
- 7-Channel Audio System including Antiphonal Division
- Manuals controlled by touch-sensitive Optical Sensor Technology
- Advanced MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) capability in HD with over 250 options including additional organ voices, orchestral, keyboard and percussion voices (a particular favorite are the chimes!)
- Six traditional sound profiles (known as suites) sampling some of the world's most important organ building traditions, including:
Allen - Allen's "signature" specification. Nearly 40 years before the advent of Stop List Library™, Allen tonal directors created the specifications of Allen digital organs by selecting their favorite samples from fine pipe organs throughout the world.
English (Willis) - Characterized by Diapasons and weighty reeds, this style of organ building was brought to its height by renowned 19th-century British organ craftsman Henry Willis. Numbered among his greatest works are the organs of St. Paul's Cathedral, London and The Royal Albert Hall.
Cavaillé-Coll - Broad Montrés and dominant fiery reeds are integral parts of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll's tonal scheme. The genius of this French organ builder was his creation of the symphonic organ. The "Grande Orgue" became an extension of the orchestra and "a new sound for a new age".
Schlicker - The Schlicker Organ
Company specialized in instruments of Neo-Baroque design supportive of
contrapuntal music. The European heritage of this American organ builder is
readily evident in the sound of their instruments.
Arp Schnitger - A renowned tradition of the 17th century, the Arp Schnitger is a monument of the North-German School of organ building.
Aeolian-Skinner - Under the tonal direction of G. Donald Harrison, this company developed the American Classic tonal design, characterized by firm and articulate principals, bright mixtures and French-style reeds.
We are ever so grateful to the boundless generosity of our parishioners, clergy, and Organ Committee for giving of their time and treasure to create a reality of this aspiration. We will be very happy to welcome our new organ and cordially invite you to inquire or to join the music ministry for this new chapter in our worship life together as a Parish.
In addition to incorporating the wonderful tradition of repertoire, hymnody, and accompaniment, the organ will make possible a number of new initiatives (and revisiting of old ones) in the area of Concert Ministries and may include such events as choral and instrumental performances, organ recitals and demonstrations, School show-and-tells (field days entitled "pedals and pizza") or other children's programs such as Christmas Pageants or a special program for All Souls Day (Halloween), hymn sings, a joint event of the Cleveland Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and the National Pastoral Musicians Association (NPM), or services to other important events throughout the Liturgical Year. Stay tuned as we move forward with this exciting new project!
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