The Phelps Organ

The Phelps Organ

The Phelps OrganThe organ was built by Lawrence Phelps and Associates, Erie, Pennsylvania and was dedicated during worship on September 25, 1977. There were 3 dedicatory recitals given that fall: William Ness on Sunday, September 25, 1977, Gerhard Krapf on Sunday, October 9, 1977, and Gillian Weir on Sunday, November 20, 1977. The key action is mechanical and the stop action, electrical, with electronic solid-state registration aids. There are three divisions played from two keyboards of 56 notes each and the pedalboard 32 notes. The organ has 25 stops composed of 35 ranks of pipes—a total of 1,674 pipes.

The Phelps organ restoration project was completed on November 17, 2016. On Sunday, Dec. 6, 2016 the organ once again provided a strong foundation for our worship with a rich and vibrant new quality and was rededicated at the end of worship.

When our organ was built in 1977, it was state of the art. However, mechanical defects due to settling of the instrument, broken stops and normal wear and tear had taken their toll. Thanks to the work that has been done, the original intent of the organ’s design and sound has been restored. But in addition, tonal work has been done to “round out and enhance” the capabilities of the sounds this organ produces. Much has changed in our technological world that affects how we hear an organ’s sound. The process known as “remanufacturing” makes productive and efficient use of the best of the old while building on the new.

All 25 stops are in working order once again, and the organ’s mixtures have been restored not just to its original design, but above and beyond it. Pipes have been straightened and polished in the facade and much work has been done to repair and restore pipes housed further back in the instrument and not visible to the eye, but, certainly audible to the ear!! The case has also been repaired, removing the large structural crack along the front, further enhancing the impressive architectural statement the instrument makes on the eye and ear.

As faithful stewards, we are each called upon to prayerfully consider the wisdom and investments of previous generations. This congregation’s faithful stewardship of this instrument have secured it for future generations. It will faithfully ground this congregation’s song for years to come, and for that we can say, “thanks be to God.”

HAUPTWERK

Pitch
Pipes
1. Prinzipal 8’ 56
2. Rohrflöte 8’ 56
3. Oktav 4’ 56
4. Waldflöte 4’ 56
5. Flachflöte 2’ 56
6. Mixtur IV 1 1/3’ 224
7. Trompete 8’ 56

POSITIV

Pitch
Pipes
8. Holzgedackt 8’ 56
9. Unda Maris 8’ 44
10. Prinzipal 4’ 56
11. Koppelflöte 4’ 56
12. Oktav 2’ 56
13. Blockflöte 2’ 56
14. Nasat 1 1/3’ 56
15. Sesquialtera II 2 2/3’ 102
16. Scharf IV 1/2’ 224
17. Krummhorn 8’ 56
      Tremulant

PEDAL

Pitch
Pipes
18. Subbass 16’ 32
19. Oktavbass 8’ 32
20. Bordun 8’ 32
21. Choralbass 4’ 32
22. Mixtur IV 2’ 128
23. Fagott 16’ 32
24. Tromptet 8’ 32
25. Schalmei 4’ 32

COUPLERS

  • Hauptwerk to Pedal
  • Positiv to Pedal
  • Positiv to Hauptwerk