Central Presbyterian Church
Atlanta, Georgia

Schantz/Parkey - 4M/54R


central presbyterian church pipe organ atlanta ga

Great (Unenclosed)

16 Gemshorn 61 pipes
8 Principal 61 pipes+
8 Holz Gedackt 61 pipes+
4 Octave 61 pipes+
4 Bourdon 61 pipes+
2 Fifteenth 61 pipes+
IV Mixture 244 pipes+
8 Trompete 61 pipes
Festival Trumpet Choir
Chimes Prepared
Great Unison Off

Swell (Enclosed)

16 Rohrgedeckt (digital) 61 pipes*
8 Rohrflöte 61 pipes
8 Viole de Gamba 61 pipes
8 Viole Celeste 54 pipes
8 Spire Flute 61 pipes*
8 Flute Celeste 49 pipes*
4 Harmonic Flute 61 pipes+
2 Spitz Principal 61 pipes+
III Plein Jeu 183 pipes+
16 Bassoon 61 pipes
8 Trompette 61 pipes
4 Schalmei 61 pipes
Swell 16
Swell Unison Off
Swell 4

Positiv (Unenclosed)

8 Nason Gedackt 61 pipes
4 Spitzflöte 61 pipes
2 Prinzipal 61 pipes
1 1/3 Quinte 61 pipes
1 Sifflöte 61 pipes
III Zimbel 183 pipes+
Positiv Unison Off

Choir (Enclosed)

8 Viola Pomposa 61 pipes*
8 Viola Celeste 49 pipes*
8 Gedeckt 61 pipes+
8 Erzähler 61 pipes
8 Erzähler Celeste 49 pipes
4 Koppelflöte 61 pipes
2 2/3 Nazard 61 pipes+
2 Blockflöte 61 pipes+
1 3/5 Tierce 61 pipes+
8 Krummhorn 61 pipes
8 Festival Trumpet 61 pipes*
Choir 16
Choir Unison Off
Choir 4

Pedal (Unenclosed)

32 Contra Principal (Digital) 32 notes*
32 Contra Bourdon (Digital) 32 notes*
16 Principal 32 pipes
16 Bourdon 12 pipes
16 Violon 32 pipes*
16 Gemshorn Great
16 Rohrgedeckt 12 pipes
8 Octave 32 pipes
8 Gemshorn Great
8 Rohrflöte Swell
4 Fifteenth 12 pipes
4 Choral Bass 32 pipes
4 Nachthorn 32 pipes
2 Twenty-second 12 pipes
III Mixture 96 pipes
32 Contra Posaune(Digital) 32 notes*
16 Posaune 32 pipes
16 Bassoon Swell
8 Trompete 12 pipes
4 Klarine 12 pipes
4 Schalmei Swell
8 Festival Trumpet Choir
4 Festival Trumpet Choir


Great to Pedal 8
Swell to Pedal 8
Swell to Pedal 4
Choir to Pedal 8
Choir to Pedal 4
Positiv to Pedal 8

Swell to Great 16
Swell to Great 8
Swell to Great 4
Choir to Great 16
Choir to Great 8
Choir to Great 4
Positiv to Great 16
Positiv to Great 8
Swell to Positiv 16
Swell to Positiv 8
Swell to Positiv 4
Great to Positiv 8
Choir to Positiv 8

Positiv to Choir 16
Positiv to Choir 8

Choir/Positiv Transfer

Combination Action

32 Levels of memory
Great to Pedal Reversible Thumb & Toe
Swell to Pedal Reversible Thumb & Toe
Positiv to Pedal Reversible Thumb & Toe
Choir to Pedal Reversible Thumb & Toe
Positiv/Choir Transfer Reversible Thumb Only
General Cancel
Sforzando Reversible Thumb & Toe
Reeds Off Reversible Toe Only
8 General Piston Thumb & Toe
6 Choir Divisional Pistons
6 Swell Divisional Pistons
6 Great Divisional Pistons
4 Positiv Divisional Pistons
6 Pedal Divisional Toe Studs

Festival Trumpet is not affected by couplers,
but move with Choir/Positiv Transfer.

*denotes new additions

+denotes revoiced, repitched or relocated ranks

Parkey OrganBuilders was commissioned in April 1995 to complete the necessary renovation, re-engineering and tonal additions to the four-manual, forty-eight-rank Schantz (1966) pipe organ.  This commission followed many months of intense work with committees covering many aspects of the renovation.  The organ builder was charged with a project that took the resources of the present organ and reconfigured them to fit the new surroundings and the increased musical needs of the church.

As the project moved forward, an acoustical study was done to ascertain precisely the changes needed to the sanctuary and the organ.  Parkey OrganBuilders' first responsibility was the redesign and placement of the organ.  The renovation committee then followed the recommendations of the music staff and organ builder to enhance the sanctuary’s acoustical response.  Changes were also made to place the organ on a central axis of the room, replacing the previously less-than-ideal side chambers. 

After the renovation committee addressed the "dry" acoustics of the room, the music committee pushed forward to address the expansion of the organ. The original organ design displayed the influences of the Germanic and Baroque revival style prominent during the 1960s and 1970s, including narrow pipe scales, low wind pressures, and an emphasis on upperwork.  Though this has been a prominent and important style of organ building, many churches and musicians now wish to include music which requires a broader tonal palette.  Parkey OrganBuilders had to reconsider the tonal design to successfully match the new additions with the organ’s existing resources.  Many stops were rescaled and revoiced to achieve an optimal and cohesive tonal balance for the new installation.  Irving G. Lawless of Hagerstown, Maryland, assisted with the tonal revision and final tonal finishing of the instrument.  The new specification indicates the stops that were added or revoiced from the original organ.

Highlighting the front of the sanctuary is a new thirty-foot Mahogany case, housing the organ and the new 16’ Pedal Violon stop.  In addition, a new 8’ Festival Trumpet was added to the Choir Division for the organ’s final flourish.  The Schantz-Parkey organ now encompasses fifty-four ranks and four digital stops, giving sixty-three stops distributed over four manuals and pedal.

Dr. John Weaver played the dedicatory recital in October 1996.  It’s been played by a wide variety of artists including Jones, Faythe Freese, Sarah Hawbecker, Alan Morrison, Norman Mackenzie, and Raymond & Elizabeth Chenault.  The instrument was used by various artists for concerts and evensong services during the Centennial Olympic Games in the summer of 1996.

This organ was featured in WABE’s 50th anniversary and on Pipedreams episode #2018.         

Central Presbyterian
before shot

- New Organs/Opus List
- Major Renovations &

- Major Renovations &
- Console & Wiring


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