The Austin Organ

AustinConsole1Built in 1979 as Opus 2623 by Austin Organ Company of Connecticut, this instrument excellently supports congregational singing and choir accompaniment as well as respectably reproduces repertoire from many time periods.  The pipework is distributed among six divisions (Great, Swell, Choir, Positiv, Antiphonal, and Pedal) and is located in several places around the nave creating a unique experience for listeners.  The specifications of this organ are as follows:

Specifications:

Great
(Epistle Side)
16’ Quintaten
8’ Principal
8’ Bordon
4’ Octave
2’ Spitzfifteenth
II Sesquialtera
IV Fourniture
8’ Trompette
Chimes
Swell 16, 8, 4
Choir 16, 8, 4
Positiv 8
Antiphonal 8
Great Off

Great OrganSwell
(Gospel Side – enclosed)
16’ Rohrgedeckt (ext)
8’ Viole de Gambe
8’ Voix Celeste (TC)
8’ Rohrflote
4’ Principal
4’ Waldflote
2’ Blockflote
III Plein Jeu
16’ Basson
8’ Trompette
4’ Hautbois-clarion
Tremolo
Swell 16, 4, Off
Choir 8

Positiv
(Gospel Side)
8’ Holtzgedeckt
4’ Koppelflote
2’ Principal
1 1/3 Larigot
III Cymbal
8’ Cromorne
Cymbalstern
Tremolo
Positiv Off

AntiphonalChoir
(Epistle Side – enclosed: 4″ wind)
8’ Hohlflote
8’ Flauto Dolce
8’ Flute Celeste
4’ Gemshorn
Tremolo
Choir 16, 4, Off
Swell 16, 8, 4
Antiphonal 8
Great 8

Antiphonal
(rear gallery)
8’ Holtzbourdon
4’ Principal
2′ Oktav
III Mixture
8′ Trompette en Chamade

Pedal
(2 1/2″, 3 3/8″, 4″ wind)
32’ Resultant
16’ Principal (ext. Gt.)
16’ Quintaten (Gt.)
16’ Rohrgedeckt (Sw.)
8’ Octave
8’ Rohrflote (Sw.)
4’ Choral Bass
III Mixture
16’ Trompete (ext. Gt.)
16’ Basson (Sw.)
4’ Cromorne (Pos.)
16′ Bourdon (Ant.)
32′ Basson (resultant on toe stud
32′ Bombarde (resultant on toe stud)

Combination Pistons
14 general pistons
7 Great and 7 Swell pistons
4 Choir pistons
3 Antiphonal and 3 Positiv piston
6 Pedal toe studs
Crescendo pedal
Cymbelstern reversible toe stud
Tutti reversible on piston and toe stud

Although this instrument sounds magnificent, we have reached a time where we are in desperate need of replacing the console. Although it was state of the art technology at the time, our console now is obsolete and it is increasingly difficult to provide our high quality music to our congregation while using it. Most notably, this console does not include a ‘solid state’ memory computer, so we are only able to use 14 general and less than 6 divisional presets at a time. (This is in comparison to contemporary technology that allows virtually unlimited memory levels with thousands of combinations). Although this may not be a terrible problem for one organist, given that we regularly feature both our Organist and Sub Organist on a Sunday as well as one and even two Recitalists, things can become very limited very quickly! We have purchased the casing of a new 4-manual console that will house appropriate equipment to make our organ technologically contemporary again. However, we estimate the price of this equipment plus installation to be about $30,000. If anyone would like to consider helping us secure this magnificent instrument into this century, we would be ultimately appreciative and would love to discuss this with you further!