Opus 11 - First Presbyterian Church
Gainesville, GA

3M/42R

First Presbyterian Church pipe organ, gainesville, ga


In March 2009, First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville Georgia contracted to build a 3-manual, 42-rank organ to replace the current Möller organ located in the sanctuary.  The organ was completed in March of 2010 and first used on March 28, 2010 for morning worship services and again that afternoon for the choral performance of "The Seven Last Words of Christ.”  The organ dedication recital was performed by Dr. James Mellichamp on April 18, 2010.  Dr. Mellichamp is Professor of Organ and Vice President of Academic Affairs for Piedmont College, Demorest Georgia.  Dr. Mellichamp also served as the consultant for the project.  Mike Henry is the Director of Music for First Presbyterian.  Both were active in the design of the new specification.

Our initial contact with First Presbyterian Church was to consider the options for their present 2-manual, 23-rank Möller organ.  Due to project constraints and budgets, the project remained on hold for several years.  In late 2008, the church received a substantial bequest from the estate of a long-time church member.  Not only was the church able to consider the renovation of the Möller but a complete new vision for the instrument.  The Möller organ was a product of its time and actually did a satisfactory job of playing baroque literature, but as usual fell short in areas of choral accompaniment and congregational singing support.  The tonal design of our organs continues to embrace the art of playing baroque literature, but expands the tonal palette to accommodate many more options.  This is an important item in consideration as builders design organs for current day needs.

The new organ provides a movable 3-manual console in solid walnut with burled walnut, maple and bone accents to complement the current architecture of the room.  The organ is placed in a central configuration for better blend and balance.  The new façade will house the 16' and 8' Principals from the Pedal Division and the 8' Principals from the Great Division.  The organ will have two expressive divisions located behind the Great.

The Great Division provides the backbone and focus for the ensemble of the instrument.  Principals are warm and rich with a distinct clarity.  The Great features a Cornet décomposé, which adds great flexibility for solo voices and color for the principals.  We find German Trompetes provide an excellent blend for ensemble use while still allowing solo use or echo responses to the Swell Trompettes.  The color of each is decidedly different.

The Swell Division is decidedly French in flavor, with harmonic flutes at 4' and 2' pitches and bright rich reed choruses.  A large scaled chimney flute and viola provide the foundations for this Division.  These stops, complete with Viola Celeste, are enclosed in our special swell box design for tremendous expressive potential.

The Choir Division was not to be overlooked.  This answered the questions to a number of problems and shortfalls with the old organ.  Mr. Henry has developed a strong choral program with the church but endured an organ with limited abilities.  Dr. Mellichamp and Mr. Henry did not want to lose the Baroque influence or ability of the old organ, but desired to enhance the choral accompaniment capabilities.  The Choir features an independent Principal chorus complemented with flutes and mutations.  The Schalmei provides both an excellent solo voice and is perfectly suited as an ensemble reed for the choir.  This division, like our Swell, utilizes the same swell box design for superb expressive control.

The Pedal Division features its own independent principal and flute chorus with independent reeds.  This adds tremendous gravity and foundation to the organ in a manner not possible with a large number of borrowed manual or electronic stops. 

We invite you to see and hear this new instrument as an example of our level of organ building.

Great (Unenclosed)

16 Bourdon Swell
8 Principal 61 pipes
8 Metal Gedackt 61 pipes
4 Octave 61 pipes
4

Spitz Flute

61 pipes
2 2/3

Nazard

61 pipes
2 Tapered Flute 61 pipes
1 3/5 Tierce 61 pipes
IV Mixture 1 1/3’ 244 pipes
8

Trompete

61 pipes
8

Fanfare Trumpet

Prepared for
Tremolo
Zimbelstern
Ranks - 12
Stops - 8

Swell (Enclosed)

16 Bourdon 12 pipes
8

Chimney Flute

61 pipes
8 Viola 61 pipes
8 Viola Celeste 54 pipes
4 Principal 61 pipes
4 Harmonic Flute 61 pipes
2 Octavin 61 pipes
IV Plein Jeu 1' 244 pipes
16 Bassoon 12 pipes
8 Trompette 61 pipes
8 Oboe 61 pipes
Tremolo

Swell 16 

Swell Unison Off
Swell 4
Ranks - 12
Stops - 11

Choir (Enclosed)

8 Violin Diapason 61 pipes
8 Gedeckt 61 pipes
8 Dulciana 61 pipes
8 Unda Maris 49 pipes
4 Violin Principal 61 pipes
2 Principal 61 pipes
1 1/3 Quint 61 pipes
8 Schalmei 61 pipes
8 Fanfare Trumpet Great
(Uncoupled)
Tremolo
Choir 16
Choir Unison Off
Choir 4
Ranks - 8
Stops - 9

Pedal

32 Resultant Derived
16 Principal 32 pipes
16 Subbass 32 pipes
16 Bourdon Swell
8 Octave 12 pipes
8 Bass Flute 12 pipes
4 Choral Bass 32 pipes
4 Nachthorn 32 pipes
III Mixture 96 pipes
V Cornet 32' Derived
16 Posaune 32 pipes
16 Bassoon Swell
8 Trompete 12 pipes
4 Shalmei Choir
8 Fanfare Trumpet Prepared for
Ranks - 8
Stops - 14

Couplers

Great to Pedal 8
Great to Pedal 4
Swell to Pedal 8
Swell to Pedal 4
Choir to Pedal 8
Choir to Pedal 4
Swell to Great 16
Swell to Great 8
Swell to Great 4
Choir to Great 16
Choir to Great 8
Choir to Great 4
Swell to Choir 16
Swell to Choir 8
Swell to Choir 4

MIDI on Swell

MIDI on Great
MIDI on Choir
MIDI on Pedal
Great/Choir Transfer

Capture System (100 Levels of Memory)

10 General Pistons Thumb and Toe
6 Divisional Pistons Thumb/Manual
6 Divisional Toe Studs for Pedal
Swell to Pedal Reversible Thumb and Toe
Great to Pedal Reversible Thumb and Toe
Choir to Pedal Reversible Thumb and Toe
Swell to Great Reversible Thumb only
Zimbelstern Reversible Thumb and Toe
Full Organ Reversible Thumb and Toe
General Cancel Thumb only
Set Piston Thumb only
"Any Piston Next" Sequencer
Full MIDI Interface and Record/Playback is included


CURRENT PROJECTS
- New Organs/Opus List
- Major Renovations &
  Restorations

COMPLETED PROJECTS
- Major Renovations &
  Restorations
- Console & Wiring
  Renovations

NOTED INVOLVEMENT
REQUEST OUR CD

A client reference list is always available upon request.