Our Pipe Organ

In 1995, under the direction of organ advisor, William Porter, and church organist, Mark Meyer, discussions began for a new tracker organ to replace the previous electric action Wicks pipe organ. After a nationwide search, the Ooltewah, Tennesee based firm Richards, Fowkes & Co. was chosen. The project was completed in 2000, and the organ since became noted as one of the finest baroque organ in New England, and one of the finest instrument in the whole Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

The North German case of white oak blends well with the simple linear feel of the church interior. The design for an ornate case contrasts with the simple architecture of the FLC sanctuary, acting like a piece of antique art in a modern museum.

The voicing is vocal, rather gentle, but powerful enough for accompanying congregational singing and the interpretation of the organ repertoire of the classic Lutheran tradition.  There are 7 independent reed stops over the two manuals and pedal; including 3 (with a short length 16 foot Dulcian) in the Rückpositive, three of which were installed in the summer of 2010 following a fundraising campaign. We especially thank William Porter, and Jane Wilson for the completion of our organ.

The Rückpositive also has the distinction of having the intra-manual coupler connect the Werk to the Positive in the Dutch tradition rather than the more normal Positive to Werk. The intermanual coupler functions in the Dutch manner: the Werk couples to the Rückpositiv. This is particulary useful in leading hymn singing. The accompaniment can be played on the Werk, and its stops combined with those of the Rückpositiv play the choral tune.

The compass of the historic, straight pedalboard is C-F” the manual is C-A”” with short key design.

 

Werk     Rückpositiv  
  Bourdon 16′     Gedackt 8′
  Principal 8′     Principal 4′
  Viol d’Gamba 8′     Rohrflöte 4′
  Rohrflöte 8′     Waldflöte 2′
  Octave 4′     Sesquialtera II
  Spitzflöte 4′     Scharff  
  Nasat/III 3′     Dulcian 16′
  Octave 2′     Krummhorn 8′
  Mixture       Schalmei 4′
  Trompet 8′      
  Vox humana 8′      
         
         
Pedal        
  Subbaß 16′      
  Octave 8′      
  Gedackt 8′      
  Octave 4′      
  Posaune 16′      
  Trompet 8′      
  Cornet 2′    
3 couplers        
Tremulant        
Cimbelstern      
Temperament Kellner

Richards & Fowkes website.

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8 Responses to Our Pipe Organ

  1. PAULETTE VENHOFF says:

    IS THE PIPE ORGAN TRACKER ACTION?

    I AM SURE IT SOUNDS AS BEAUTIFUL AS IT LOOKS.

  2. I studied with Melvyn Dickenson in Louisville – He and Margaret had the Bach society for many years. Both are retired now. At this point I treat myself to listening to the tracker pipe organs and the electro-peumonic action as well. I was an organist choir director for years in churches.

  3. Beautiful Organ in looks and sound.

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  6. When I was student in college I practiced on both the tracker action instruments as well as the electro-pneumatic instruments and prefer the latter to the former although my former professor would disagree with that.

  7. Philip Savins, Bexhill East Sussex. UK. says:

    Magnificent instrument. Your church is indeed fortunate. Superb voicing.

    • Chris says:

      Thanks for the kind words Philip – We do appreciate the instrument and are thankful for all the many blessings that have come through it. Kudos to the folks at Richards and Fowkes for their handiwork, as well as all those who continue to cherish it including you!

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