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.
Richards & Fowkes website.