First Friends Meeting, Noblesville, IN

 

A Pipe Organ for Quakers!

 
 

The new pipe display at First Friends Meeting.The new pipe display at First Friends Meeting.

(from the concert program...)

There is no "one" way to build a pipe organ, nor is there one particular size,

configuration, or stoplist that is ideal.  The organ you are hearing this afternoon proves this 

point.   The diversity of organs is as wide as the diversity of the congregations they serve.

 

In the early years, Quakers eschewed music - particularly instrumental music. Over time, however, 

as many meetings moved away from open worship to a more conventional pastor-led service, pipe 

organs became part of many churches.

 

The first Friends Meeting in the Wabash Valley to have a pipe organ was in Winchester, IN, in 1909. 

 Pipe organs can also be found in meetinghouses in New Castle, Fairmount, Richmond, and 

Indianapolis, as well as here in Noblesville. Reynolds Associates is privileged to care for many of 

these instruments.

 

In their worship, Quakers patiently listen, remaining open to what God has to say to them. Most 

meetings observe an open period in worship when God may move the individual to share.  This quiet, 

somewhat introspective approach to faith requires some very specific qualities in a pipe organ.

 

Most organs in Quaker churches stress intimate, meditative sounds, and are less declamatory than 

organs found elsewhere.   There is less need for fanfares and musical counterpoint, although solid 

leadership for congregational singing is important.

 

In this organ, we have tried to stress musical flexibility and variety.  All four families of organ The new console.The new console.

tone: diapason, flute, string, and reed, are well-represented.  We have also added a digital voice 

extension system to provide sounds in the tonal palette for which there was not room to add pipe 

ranks.  Finally, the console is equipped with a new computerized system to control all the pipes 

and memory.

 

We hope you enjoy its music today, and that this pipe organ continues to inspire the

Quakers in Noblesville for generations to come.

 

Thad Reynolds, President

Reynolds Associates, Inc.

 
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First United Methodist Church, Somerset, KY

A Distinguished, New Voice

For the Ubiquitous Wicks

 

Martin Ellis at Somerset United Methodist Pipe OrganMartin Ellis at Somerset United Methodist Pipe OrganSomerset is a beautiful small town in south central Kentucky. Located between Lake Cumberland, the largest manmade lake in the United States, and the Daniel Boone National Forest, the community draws nearly 1.5 million visitors each year.

 

First United Methodist Church meets in a striking mid-century modern building in the center of the downtown. The congregation has an active music program under the direction of Ben Stapleton. Since 1960, this music-making has been supported by a three-manual Wicks pipe organ of 20 ranks. (Click here to see the original specification)

 

Following our completion in 2006 of a new organ for First Presbyterian Church in Somerset, Reynolds Associates was asked to prepare a proposal for the renovation of the organ at First United Methodist as part of a larger capital improvement project in the church.

 

The instrument presented several challenges. The console and electromechanical switching system were both worn out. Typically for organs of this builder and period, the sound of the instrument tended, in our view, to be thin and harsh, and yet without enough fundamental power to ring the building acoustically. Previous tonal modifications to the organ had made these problems worse instead of better.

 

The proposal we presented to the congregation in April, 2006, included three possible options. Ultimately, after considering these, the congregation decided on our 26-rank tonal redesign, which also included a new console, renovation of the winding system, and a Peterson ICS4000 solid-state integrated control system in a new console.

 

In our tonal redesign of the organ, we replaced the principal ensemble with new pipes of more appropriate scales. Although thin ensemble elements can often be rescaled with great success, we felt that new pipes were needed to achieve a more distinguished and cohesive sound. Since the principal ensemble defines the basic character of an organ, the investment in these new pipes is certainly worthwhile!

 

To provide the best possible speech characteristics from these new pipes, we replaced the toeboards on the Wicks windchests with new toeboards constructed in our shop using our CNC manufacturing process. These new toeboards include specially designed internal channels to quiet the turbulence of the wind as it enters the pipes, and to eliminate the “popping” sound that is sometimes heard in electromechanical windchests. This toeboard design is critical to good pipe speech, especially in the principals.

 

Somerset United Methodist Pipe Organ Rebuilding ReservoirSomerset United Methodist Pipe Organ Rebuilding Reservoir

Along with the new principal ensemble, we replaced the flutes in the Great division. In keeping with our usual custom, we provided the organ with both an 8’ Rohrflöte of new pipes, and an 8’ Offenflöte. The Offenflöte is an open flute made up of carefully restored and revoiced vintage pipes. Its purpose is to provide a solo flute presence in the Great, and also to darken and color the 8’ Principal, giving it the sound of an English Diapason.

 

The Swell was recomposed, based on a new 4’ Spitzprincipal (also playable at 8’). The Fagotto was extended to 16’ using a 12-note electronic extension, which was also made available in the Pedal. A 1 3/5’ Tierce was added, making a Cornet combination possible in the Swell to contrast with the 8’ Clarinet in the Choir.

 

Somerset United Methodist Pipe Organ Great PipesSomerset United Methodist Pipe Organ Great PipesThe Choir division in the existing organ had been a particular problem. The original Wicks 8’ Spitzflöte had been retuned as a celete stop for the Gemshorn, leaving the organ with only the Gemshorn and Dulciana at 8’ in this division. There were no principal stops in the Choir at all.  We added a new 4’ Principal, and reestablished the Spitzflöte as an 8’ flute, strengthening its tone to make it more useful, and more of a contrast to the Gemshorn. We also added an 8’ Unda Maris, which creates a warm undulation when played with the Dulciana.

 

The new Pedal division includes a 16’ Gemshorn, extended electronically from the 8’ Gemshorn in the Great. Likewise, the Swell reed plays at 16’ and a 4’.

 

Martin Ellis, organist at North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, played the dedicatory recital on the completed organ on Sunday, May 4, 2008.

 

 

 

 

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    Anderson, IN  (2013)
 

  New ICS4000 control system and complete console renovation of the 1968 M.P. Moller organ, along with tonal reappointments and tonal finishing.

 
 
  Huntington, IN  (2013)
 

Complete renovation and tonal redesign of the 1958 M.P. Moller pipe organ, including tonal additions and re-purposing, releathering of the Moller pitman windchests, new pipe facade, complete console renovation, and digital additions.  Rededication concert October 4, 2013, played to a full auditorium by Martin Ellis.

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  Kokomo, IN  (2013)
 

Redesign of the pipe displays of the 1968 Austin organ, in cooperation with Church Interiors, Inc., as part of the redesign of the sanctuary chancel.  The project included design and construction of new windchests for the exposed pipes, and refinishing of the pipes, as well as removing and reinstalling parts of the organ as part of the construction project.

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  Indianapolis, IN  (2013)
 

The final step in a comprehensive renovation begun in 2003, this project addressed the IV manual console in the chancel, and included work had not been financially feasible at that time.  This project included four new manual keyboards, new pedal keyboard, new coupler controls on the nameboard, and the addition of several new functions made possible by the ICS4000 control system, including harmonic couplers in the Solo division and more flexibility for the interface between the chancel and gallery organs. 

 

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  Indianapolis, IN  (2012) 

 Renewal and releathering of the windchests in the 1954 M.P. Moller pipe organ, which had suffered localized moisture damage.  The project also included the replacement of the original mechanical relay system in the organ chamber with a solid-state system.

 
  Bardstown, KY (2011)
 

II manuals, 9 ranks, with 12 digital stops. Console, chest, and wind supply renovation with complete tonal redesign and revoicing. 

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   Kokomo, IN (2010)
 

Console renovation and new ICS4000 control system for the III manual/42 rank Austin organ (1964). The project also included the addition of a 32' Bombarde in the Pedal, an 8' Oboe in the Swell, new chimes and zimbelstern. 

   

  

  

 
   Indianapolis, IN (2010)
 

II manuals, 22 ranks with 12 digital stops. This new organ includes several ranks of pipes from the 1970s E.H. Holloway organ, completely renewed and revoiced. All mechanical portions are new. The organ was renovated for the church's new sanctuary, which was built on the site of the old building.

   

 

 
  Lafayette, IN (2009)
 

II Manuals/24 ranks. Tonal additions and revoicing, including 8 new ranks of pipes and digital extensions, to the Kilgen organ in this spectacular Gothic Catholic Church.

   

 

 
   Indianapolis, IN  (2009)
 

A new II manual pipe organ of 16 ranks of pipes. The new instrument incorporates tonal material from the church 's 1936 Kilgen pipe organ, along withSt. John Cumberland UCC, Indianapolis, IN new pipes, new console, new tonal design, and all-new mechanical systems.

   

 

 
  Muncie, IN (2009)
 

Phase I renovation of the large (and much changed in the past) 1931 E.M. Skinner organ, including renovation of the IV manual console, additions of pipes to the Great and Pedal (including a 16' Violone and 16' Ophecleide), redesign of previous tonal alterations for a more cohesive ensemble. (Shown at the console is Jonathan Reynolds, our vice-President for Lego projects.)

   

 

 
  Indianapolis, IN (2008)
 

Renovation of the II manual Reuter organ. Project included new Swell main windchests, new reservoirs and winding, addition of one stop (Gemshorn), and renovation of the console. 

 
   Muncie, IN (2008)
 

A new two-manual pipe organ of 26 ranks of pipes, including tonal material from the church's historic 1895 Kimball organ.  This organ is played in nearly 400 worship services every year.

   

 

 
  Richmond, IN (2008)
 

Console renovation and new Peterson ICS4000 Integrated Control System on a III Manual/35 Rank Wicks pipe organ.

 
  Syracuse, IN (2008)
 

A new pipe organ of 8 ranks of pipes, installed in a contemporary Lutheran church building. The new organ replaces a 40-year-old electronic organ, and is the realization of the congregation's dream to have an authentic pipe organ for worship.

   

 

 
  Indianapolis, IN (2007)
 

Major revoicing of the 1960 Casavant organ (III manuals/56 ranks). This organ, one of the first during Lawrence Phelps' tenure at Casavant, had a thin, harsh, forced sound.

The project involved revoicing the foundation work in the organ, strengthening the 8' flutes and principals, "taming" the mixtures, and regulating the reed stops. As part of this project, we also readjusted the wind pressures in the manual divisions, repaired a number of broken pipes in the Trompette en Chamade, and made minor repairs to the console and bench. 

 

 

  Flora, IN  (2007)
 

Restoration of the 1914 Pilcher case and pipe facade, and redecoration of the display pipes.

 
 
  Indianapolis, IN  (2007)
 

When the St. Lawrence congregation contacted us, the were faced with a difficult problem. Water under the concrete floor of the sanctuary had plagued the church for years, filling up the conduit that contained the main cables for the church's 1986 Zimmer organ. Rerouting this cable would involve major construction, including the mess of cutting through concrete and brick. Reynolds Associates solved this problem, and also updated and improved the organ, by installing a new Peterson ICS4000 control system, and enclosing plenum-rated CAT5 cable in a special waterproof jacket that could be run through the existing conduit, and then sealed in by the concrete contractors. The organ now has capabilites it never had before, and the church saved money and mess having its problem solved.

 
  Somerset, KY  (2007)
 

What to do with the ubiquitous Wicks? The original organ was built in 1960 by the Wicks Organ Company. Reynolds Associates completely redesigned and rebuilt this organ into an instrument with a truly distinguished sound that is much more playable and listenable. The organ includes a new console and control system as well as a new Principal ensemble that is planted on our exclusive channeled toeboard windchest design.

 
   
 
 
  Kokomo, IN  (2006-07)
 

Renovation of the III-manual Schantz organ, including console renovation, releathering, rewiring of entire organ, and the addition of several ranks of pipes including a new Trumpet stop for the Choir division. 

   

 

 
 
  Indianapolis, IN  (2006)
 

Renovation of the III manual-34 rank E. H. Holloway pipe organ, resulting in a III manual-43 rank instrument for this historic Indianapolis congregation. The project includes a new horizontal Trompette en Chamade, the Moriarity Trumpet, as well as a new control system, 3-manual console, and a new Choir division.

   

 

 
 
First Presbyterian Church
  Somerset, KY  (2005)
 

A new Reynolds Associates pipe organ of II manuals/17 ranks. This remarkably versatile and capable instrument was designed to fit into a very limited space.

   

 

 
 
  Michigan City, IN  (2005)
 

Renovation of a III manual/50 rank Austin organ (Opus 2452 - 1967), including a complete renovation of the console with a Peterson ICS4000 control system, including MIDI interface with General MIDI voice module and record/playback capabilities. The instrument was thoroughly cleaned, including chemical cleaning of the 19 ranks of exposed pipes, and installation of new stainless steel tuning sleeves.

   

 

 
  Indianapolis, IN  (2005)
 

Restoration of the 1962 Holtkamp organ (III manuals, 31All Souls Organ ranks). The project included a complete renovation of the console, including new keyboards and Peterson ICS400 integrated control systrem, and reconditioning of the pipes. Tonally, the organ was preserved in original condition.

   

 

 
 
   Muncie, IN  (2005)
 

Renovation and tonal additions to the II manual Gabriel Kney tracker organ (1972), bringing the total number of ranks to 20. Additions included a new 8' Principal in the Great division, an 8' Trumpet, and a new Rohrflote playing in the Pedal at 8' and 4'. New stop controls were added, along with an updated solid state combination action.

   

 

 
  Indianapolis, IN  (2005)
 

Renovation of III manual/24 rank Casavant organ (1958). Includes new ensemble stops, complete revoicing of existing pipework, complete console renovation with Peterson ICS4000 control system including MIDI interface and record/playback capabilities. Upon completion, organ was increased to III manuals/35 ranks.

   

 

 
  Linton, IN  (2004-06)
 

2004 - Construction of a new organ conserving materials obtained from a church that had closed. Project included renovation of pitman windchests, construction of new windchests, installation of new pipework in Principal ensemble, new blower, reservoirs, and winding system, complete console renovation including Peterson ICS4000 control system with MIDI.

2006 - Construction of exposed Great division with dramatic new layout in chancel area. New visual design by Michael Lenhart, of our staff. Dedicated 2004, with a recital by Rev. Robert Schilling, AAGO. 

 

   

 

 
 
  Frankfort, IN (2004)
 

Rebuild II manual/21 rank organ, originally by Kimball. This organ had been the victim of a very unsuccessful previous rebuild attempt by another individual. Reynolds project included complete renovation and refinishing of the console, rebuilding of existing solid-state control system, complete tonal redesign including new Principal chorus and mixture, major windchest repairs, new structural supports and access ladders throughout the instrument.

   

 

 
 
First Christian Church
  Greenfield, IN  (2004)
 

II manual Holloway organ. 2004 - complete renovation of organ console, including new solid state control system with MIDI interface and record/playback capability, rewiring, tonal modifications, and revoicing.

 
 
First United Methodist Church
   Sheridan, IN  (2003)

Construction of a new organ, conserving materials salvaged from the church's 1918 Pilcher organ. Project included all new windchests, reservoirs, blower and winding, refinishing of the Pilcher console cabinet and installation of new stop controls, manuals, and Peterson ICS4000 control system with MIDI interface and record/playback capabilities. Dedicated 2004, with a recital by Rev. Robert A. Schilling, AAGO.

   

 

 
 
First United Methodist Church
  Mishawaka, IN  (2003)
 

Rebuild of a III manual, 28 rank Austin organ (1968), including a new solid cherry console, cleaning and voicing, and six additional ranks of pipes including a spectacular Trompette en Chamade built of polished copper.

 
   
 
 
 
  Indianapolis, IN  (2002-03, 2013)
 

Comprehensive renovation of the IV manual/56 rank Kimball chancel organ (1931), including restoration of the Kimball pitman and offset windchests, alterations to the winding system, tonal additions and redesign of previous additions to make them more consistent with the Kimball sound, complete renovation of the IV manual console including new Peterson ICS4000 control system with MIDI interface and record/playback capability. 

Renovation of the II manual/20 rank Holloway pipe organ (1965) including major improvements to the Holloway windchests, new reservoir and winding system, and extensive tonal redesign, additions, and revoicing, increasing the organ to 22 ranks. New Peterson control system for chancel Kimball also controls gallery organ, making the total instrument equivalent to an 8 manual organ. 

Rededicated in 2003 by Thomas Murray. Recital in fall, 2004 by Ken Cowan. Played by Carol Williams during the 2007 National Convention of the Organ Historical Society.

In 2013, we rebuilt the 4-manual console in the front of the church, with new keyboards, pedalboard, and coupler rail.  Additional couplers were added to improve the tonal flexibility of this incredible musical instrument.

   

 

 

  

 
  Bloomington, IN  (2002)
 

New II manual organ of 14 ranks, with all new mechanical workings, and utilizing some pipes from the church's 1925 Pilcher organ. 

   

 

 
Broadway United Methodist Church
   Indianapolis, IN  (2001)
 

A new III manual, 54 rank sanctuary pipe organ with pallet and slider windchests. All new windchests, reservoirs, console, and Peterson ICS4000 control system including MIDI interface and record/playback capability. 

   

  

 
Broadway United Methodist Church (Chapel)
  Indianapolis, IN  (2001)
 

A II manual, 9 rank organ for the church chapel. The organ was purchased from another church, and was rebuilt and tonally redesigned for Broadway. Prior to installation in the chapel, the organ was temporarily installed in the sanctuary balcony, to provide organ music while the chancel organ was under construction. 

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John Knox Presbyterian Church
  Indianapolis, IN  (2000, 2010)
 

Console renovation, rewinding, tonal additions, revoicing. (New organ for this church in 2010, installed in their new sanctuary, using some tonal elements from this instrument, and making use of the console and control system installed in 2000.)

 
  
First Christian Church
   Greenfield, IN  (2000, 2004)
 

II manual Holloway organ. 2000 - cleaning and repair of the windchest slider mechanisms, repair of expression mechanism.

 
 
Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ
   Indianapolis, IN  (1999)
 

Complete restoration of the historic IV manual/66 rank Kimball-Casavant pipe organ. Includes restoration and releathering of the Kimball pitman windchests and offset chests, reservoirs and actions, rebuilding of the four-manual console including new solid-state relay and control system and 32-level combination action, restoration of expression actions and recreation of expression damper system, pipework repairs and repacking of wooden pipes, new unit windchests for the Casavant antiphonal division, general cleaning, voicing and regulation, and tonal additions. The original tonal structure is intact. This organ was originally built in 1933 for Kimball Recital Hall, Chicago. Rededicated in 1999 with a recital by Michael Murray.  In 2007, this organ was played by Ken Cowan in the closing concert of the National Convention of the Organ Historical Society.

 

   

 

 
 
 
Fairmount Friends Meeting
  Fairmount, IN  (1999)
 

Rebuild of the II/9 Reuter organ (1958). Project included releathering of the chests and reservoir, complete renovation of the console including solid state switching system, combination action, and MIDI interface with record/playback capability.

 
  
First Christian Church
  Flora, IN   (1998, 2005, 2007)
 

1998 - Tonal additions to the Holloway organ, cleaning, and complete console renovation including new solid state control system with MIDI and record/playback capability. 2005 - Major windchest modifications, new reservoirs and winding system, replacement of 8' Principal and 4' Octave.  2007 - Rebuilding of the organ case, and redecoration of the facade.

 
 
Grace United Methodist Church
  Urbana, IN  (1998) 
 

Restoration of the II manual, 6 rank Vottler, Holtkamp, and Sparling organ (ca. 1929). Included rebuilding of windchest, installation of new reservoir, construction and installation of solid-state relay system, rebuilding of console including original internal console mechanisms and combination action. 

   

 

 
First United Methodist Church
  Fairmount, IN (1998)
 

Tonal redesign, additions, and renovation. Organ expanded from 14 ranks to 20 ranks, and includes new Principal ensemble and solo reed. Console renovated with new solid state equipment including Peterson MIDI Resource System and record/playback capability.

 
 
First Presbyterian Church
  Wabash, IN  (1997)
 

Console renovation and tonal redesign of a III manual, 40 rank organ by King/Bielhartz. Included revoicing of ensemble, and addition of a IV Fourniture to the Great division. 2000 - Six ranks of pipes replaced.

 
First Baptist Church
  Anderson, IN  (1996, 2004)
 

1996 - Relocation and redesign of II manual/18 rank M.P. Möller pipe organ to new church building. Console renovation with solid state equipment. Revoicing. 2004 - Installation of new expression shades in Swell chamber, installation of Peterson MIDI Resource System with record/playback capability.

 
First United Methodist Church
   Elwood, IN  (1996)
 

Console renovation of a II manual, 25 rank Keates organ. Included rewiring of the organ, inclusion of a MIDI Resource System with record/playback capability, and revoicing. 

 
First Presbyterian Church
   Marion, IN  (1996)
 

II manual/35 ranks. Complete console renovation, rebuilding of pedal windchests, general cleaning, pipe repairs and voicing. 

 
Immanuel Lutheran Church
   Decatur, IN   (1995)
 

A 1912 Hinners tracker organ that had been electrified in the 1950s. Renovation services included installation of a new solid state relay and combination action, cleaning of the organ, and addition of new 4' flute and 8' English Trumpet. 2000 - new pedal windchest. Original tonal scheme is preserved. 

 
Ball State University
   Muncie, IN  (1995)
 

Clean and rebuild II manual/7 rank Schlicker studio organ. Included rebuilding keyboards and pedalboard, console cleaning and repairs, pipework reconditioning, voicing regulation, and tuning. 

 
    Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN  (1994, 1998)
 

1994 - Relocate II manual/5 rank Holloway unit organ. Complete renovation of console with new solid state equipment. 1998 - Relocate organ pipes and chests to new recital hall. 

 
St. Matthew United Methodist Church
  Frankfort, IN  (1994)
 

New console, new solid state control system including Peterson MIDI Resource System with record/playback capability, windchest repairs and adjustments. Addition of 7 ranks of pipes, including Principal and reed stops. 

 
 First Reformed Church,
   Bluffton, IN  (formerly First United Church of Christ) (1993)
 

1993 - New organ including portions of church's 1935 Schantz organ. Complete console renovation with new solid state control system and MIDI Resource System, rebuilding of windchests, rebuilding of reservoirs, new Principal chorus and Trumpet. 1999 - install new Great main windchest (old chest ruined by roof leak), add one rank, new Great reservoir, new blower.

 
 

Van Buren United Methodist Church,

   Van Buren, IN  (1992)

  

Rebuild of a II manual/5 rank M.P. Moller organ (1929). Console renovation, solid state control system, new main windchest, new Principal and flute pipes. Added mixture. 

 
 
First Baptist Church
   Marion, IN  (1992)
 

II manual/18 rank Holloway organ. Console relocation and renovation including solid state equipment. 

 

First United Methodist Church,

  Marion, IN (1988)

III manual/48 rank Holloway organ. Installation of new multiple-level solid state combination action. 

 
First Christian Church,
  Marion, IN  (1986. 2004)
 

1986 - Relocation and renovation of the II manual/28 rank Holloway organ. Replacement of several ranks. Rewiring. Revoicing.

2004 - Complete console renovation with solid state equipment including MIDI interface with record/playback capability.

 
 
   
Grace Lutheran Church,
  Gas City, IN  (1982)
 

Relocation and installation of II manual/5 rank M.P. Möller pipe organ. (no longer extant)

 
 
   
Barley Memorial Organ,
  Memorial Coliseum, Marion, IN  (1974)
 

This municipal organ had not been playable for neary 15 years. Project included throroughly cleaning the organ, repairing and reconnecting the console, rebuilding the luminous stop control mechanisms, windchest repairs, and tonal rehabilitation. Console replaced in 1992.

 
   
 
 


 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

 

Fairview United Methodist Church, Bloomington, IN

 

A New Voice for the Gospel!

 

For over seventy-five years, the pipe organ in the sanctuary of Fairview United Methodist Church in Bloomington, IN provided music for Sunday services, weddings, funerals, and other occasions. Built by Henry Pilcher’s Sons in 1925, the small organ had been maintained over the years and a few additions had been made to its tonal resources.

 

At the beginning of the new century, however, it was becoming increasingly clear that a major project was needed to insure the instrument’s future. The organ lacked a cohesive tonal architecture and was plagued by numerous age-related mechanical problems.

 

Reynolds Associates prepared a proposal for a new organ for Fairview that preserved much of the pipework from the old instrument, incorporating the fine Pilcher pipes into a new ensemble structure that seamlessly blends the sounds of the early twentieth century with those of the early twenty-first.

 

In planning this new organ, we carefully considered the church’s musical needs. Fairview boasts a diverse congregation, and that diversity is reflected in their music. Drawing on talented musicians from nearby Indiana University, the congregation is accustomed to a wide assortment of musical offerings including classical, gospel, contemporary, and even jazz.

 

It was a great challenge to provide an instrument of modest size that could support such a program!

 

By carefully reconditioning and reusing these experienced pipes, we were able to provide historical continuity with the old organ, and to preserve the church’s investment, made over the decades, in the instrument.   In this way, the new Fairview organ is a classic example of the economic sense of investing in a real pipe organ.

 

The new organ includes a classically-voiced Principal chorus, with variable pipe scaling to compliment both the sanctuary and the existing tonal elements. The windchests are constructed of solid hardwood, and utilize twenty-first century computerized manufacturing techniques that enhance the speech of each individual pipe.

 

Another element of the old organ that was retained was the console cabinet. A new console had been installed in about 1965. We were able to completely rebuild this console, installing new interior woodwork, manual keyboards, and stop controls.

 

The new organ is controlled by a Peterson ICS4000 integrated control system. This advanced system provides a multiple-level combination action, control relay, and MIDI interface system. We selected this system in part because its programmability allows for easy additions or revisions to the instrument’s specification. The MIDI interface also allows the church’s musicians to explore non-traditional organ styles, making the instrument more useful in these situations.

 

Dr. Charles WebbDr. Charles WebbFairview United Methodist Church is a vital and active congregation that is eager to make its new organ available to students at nearby Indiana University for practice and recital. The dedicatory recital on April 13, 2003, featured Dr. Charles Webb, Dean Emeritus of the Indiana University School of Music, Yoon-Mi Lim, an IU graduate student then serving as Fairview’s organist, and the Fairview Choir under the direction of Dr. Mellonee Burnim.

 

In his remarks, Dr. Webb praised Fairview Church for its foresight and its commitment to authenticity and quality.  

 

The authenticity and timeless majesty of real pipes combines with the most modern control equipment and up-to-date manufacturing techniques to make the new organ at Fairview a vital and authentic voice for the Gospel for generations to come.

 

 

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