A note from our Music Director:
I am thrilled to announce that Session has approved the purchase of a movable box organ for the chapel. The funds for the new instrument will come from the Ginny Bauder Trust, and the instrument will be called the “Ginny Bauder Memorial Organ”. Ginny was a former assistant organist at FPC, and after her passing, a monetary donation was given in her memory back in 2016.
The new organ will be transportable, making it possible to use it at concert venues such as chapels, retirement homes, and even outdoor events where no organ would otherwise be available. The kind of instrument we are getting is called a box or continuo organ. It will be a small, one manual mechanical instrument of 5 ranks of pipes. The organ will weigh around 200 pounds what makes it easy to transport. It will be fully mechanical, made only of wood and metal parts, and absolutely no digital elements. This technology has been used in organ building for the last 400 years.
I am very excited that our chapel organ will be built by a Hungarian organ factory from Pécs and will delivered by the end of March 2020. Every instrument this manufactory produces is custom built. The expected delivery is six months after the signed contract date.
I am confident this organ will be playable in 100 years and will enjoy a long and productive life. What other piece of technology can be purchased today that will last as long?! First Pres will enjoy the new instrument for many generations to come.
Your Music Director,
The instrument is here!
Ginny Bauder Memorial Box Organ stoplist:
Range of the manual - C to g′′′ (56 keys)
Range of the pedal - C to f′ (30 keys)
The instrument is equipped with a detachable pull down pedal and an organ bench made of solid oak. The windchest is divided between bass and treble which enables the organist to operate either the bass or treble octaves of one stop separately or together.
* The two variable stops are interchangeable. As of today, the following 3 interchangeable ranks were purchased: Principal 4’, Nasat 2 2/3’ (TC) and Quint 1 1/3’. While any number of interchangeable ranks can purchased, only two can be used at a time. The instrument's interchangeability allows the organist to configure the instrument's stoplist based on the specific needs of a certain event or concert.