The First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak Centennial OrganCentennial Organ 3

 

 

History and Specifications

The organ began as Opus 942, a small instrument of 15 ranks, built by the Aeolian-Skinner Co. for radio station WWJ in 1936. This instrument was used by the station until 1954, when the use of recorded music replaced live music programs.

 

The organ was presented to the Church as a gift by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Perkins upon the occasion of the building of the new Sanctuary as a memorial to Mrs. Perkins’ mother, Clara B. Talbot. It was installed by the local service representative for the Casavant Organ Co., J.A. Herbert and Sons of Detroit. An entirely new Principle Chorus of Casavant pipework replaced most of the original Aeolian-Skinner pipes in the Great Division at this time.

 

In 1965, the Möller Organ Co. of Hagerstown, Maryland installed a new Choir Division in the organ. By 1975, the original Skinner console began to fail and a new console built by the Schantz Organ Co. of Orville, Ohio was installed.

 

In 1985 the Möller Co. was contracted to do a major rebuild of the organ. Details were to include a complete reconditioning of the instrument, the addition of new pipework and an improved layout of the instrument in the organ chamber.

 

In the 90’s the Möller relay system began to fail and the instrument and console were converted to solid state technology. By the late 90’s, numerous mechanical issues began to emerge, increasing over the next decade, and reached near-critical status by 2010. In March of that year, Session approved the formation of an Organ Committee to examine the condition of the instrument. The committee developed a feasibility study on the repairs and maintenance needed for its renovation, and spent the next seventeen months researching the best solution for the church’s immediate needs and the needs for future generations.

 

After careful and prayerful consideration, the Organ Committee unanimously recommended The Reuter Organ Company of Lawrence, Kansas be retained to complete the major renovation and rebuild of the organ. A joint meeting of the Session and Trustees was held in February of 2012 which approved the Organ Committee’s recommendation.

 

Reuter designed a new instrument, incorporating the best pipe work from the old organ, to create an organ of 54 ranks spread over three manuals and pedal containing over 4000 pipes. The new instrument is their Opus 2241 and was first used in worship in July of 2013. The dedication recital by internationally renowned organist Ken Cowan took place on October 6, 2013.


Opus 2241

3 Manuals, 54 Ranks

Great                                   Swell (Continued)                     Solo (Floating Division, Expressive)

16' Sub Principal (Ch)

8' Diapason

8' Harmonic Flute

8' Bourdon

8' Gross Flute (So)

8' Gambe (So)

8' Gambe Celeste (So)

4' Octave

4' Spillflute

2' Fifteenth

IV Fourniture

16' Bombarde (Sw)

8' Tromba

8' Tuba (So)

8' French Horn (So)

8' English Horn (So)

8' Trompette en Chamade

Chimes Carillon*

Tremulant (Gt)

Tremulant (So)


Swell

16' Chimney Flute (1-12*)

8' Geigen

8' Viole de Gambe

8' Viox Celeste (GG)

8' Gambe (So)

8' Gambe Celeste (So)

8' Chimney Flute

8' Flute Dolce

8' Flute Celeste (FF#)

4' Principal

4' Open Flute

2 2/3' Nazard

2' Blockflute

1 3/5' Tierce

IV Plain Jeu




16' Bombarde

16' Trompette en Chamade (Gt)

8' Trompette

8' Oboe

8' Vox Humana

8' French Horn (So)

4' Clarion

8' Trompette en Chamade (Gt)

Tremulant

MIDI


Choir

16' Erzahler (1-12*)

8' Principal

8' Gross Flute (So)

8' Koppelflute

8' Erzahler

8' Dolce Flute

8' Erzahler Celeste (So)

8' Gambe (So)

4' Harmonic Flute

8' Gambe Celeste (So)

4' Octave

2' Doublette

1 1/3' Quinte

II-IV Mixture

16' Tuba (So, tc)

16' English Horn (So)

8' Fagotto

8' Clarinet

8' Tuba (So)

8' English Horn (So)

8' Trompette en Chamade (Gt)

Harp*

Tremulant (Ch)

Tremulant (So)

Cymbelstern

MIDI

   

    

8' Gross Flute (Pd, ext Subbass)

8' Gambe

8' Gambe Celeste

16' English Horn

8' Tuba

8' French Horn

8' English Horn

Tremolo


Pedal

32' Erzahler (Ch, 1-12*)

32' Bourdon*

16' Principal

16' Sub Principal (Ch)

16' Subbass

16' Chimney Flute (Sw)

16' Erzahler (Ch)

8' Octave

8' Principal (Ch)

8' Subbass

8' Chimney Flute (Sw)

8' Erzahler (Ch)

8' Gambe (So)

4' Choral Bass

4' Subass

32' Bombarde

16' Ophicleide (Tuba ext)

16' Bombarde (Sw)

16' English Horn (So)

8' Tuba (So)

8' Tromba (Gt)

8' Trompette en Chamade (Gt)

8' Bombarde (Sw)

4' Bombarde (Sw)

4' English Horn (So)



*Digital



 

 


 


Great                                     

16' Sub Principal (Ch)                     

8' Diapason                                        

8' Harmonic Flute

8' Bourdon          

8' Gross Flute (So)                            

8' Gambe (So)

8' Gambe Celeste (So)                      

4' Octave

4' Spillflute                                         

2' Fifteenth                          

IV Fourniture                     

16' Bombarde (Sw)

8' Tromba                                           

8' Tuba (So)                                        

8' French Horn (So)                          

8' English Horn (So)                        

8' Trompette en Chamade

Chimes Carillon*

Tremulant (Gt)

Tremulant (So)

                       

Swell

16' Chimney Flute (1-12*)

8' Geigen

8' Viole de Gambe

8' Viox Celeste (GG)

8' Gambe (So)

8' Gambe Celeste (So)

8' Chimney Flute

8' Flute Dolce

8' Flute Celeste (FF#)

4' Principal

4' Open Flute

2 2/3' Nazard

2' Blockflute

1 3/5' Tierce

IV Plain Jeu

 

 

Swell (continued)

16' Bombarde

16' Trompette en Chamade (Gt)8' Trompette

8' Oboe

8' Vox Humana

8' French Horn (So)

4' Clarion

8' Trompette en Chamade (Gt)

Tremulant

MIDI

 

Choir

16' Erzahler (1-12*)

8' Principal

8' Gross Flute (So)

8' Koppelflute

8' Erzahler

8' Dolce Flute

8' Erzahler Celeste (So)

8' Gambe (So)

4' Harmonic Flute

8' Gambe Celeste (So)

4' Octave

2' Doublette

1 1/3' Quinte

II-IV Mixture

16' Tuba (So, tc)

16' English Horn (So)

8' Fagotto

8' Clarinet

8' Tuba (So)

8' English Horn (So)

8' Trompette en Chamade (Gt)

Harp*

Tremulant (Ch)

Tremulant (So)

Cymbelstern

MIDI

 

Solo

8' Gross Flute (Pd, ext Subbass)

8' Gambe

8' Gambe Celeste

16' English Horn

8' Tuba

8' French Horn

8' English Horn

Tremolo

 

Pedal

32' Erzahler (Ch, 1-12*)

32' Bourdon*

16' Principal

16' Sub Principal (Ch)

16' Subbass

16' Chimney Flute (Sw)

16' Erzahler (Ch)

8' Octave

8' Principal (Ch)

8' Subbass

8' Chimney Flute (Sw)

8' Erzahler (Ch)

8' Gambe (So)

4' Choral Bass

4' Subass

32' Bombarde

16' Ophicleide (Tuba ext)

16' Bombarde (Sw)

16' English Horn (So)

8' Tuba (So)

8' Tromba (Gt)

8' Trompette en Chamade (Gt)

8' Bombarde (Sw)

4' Bombarde (Sw)

4' English Horn (So)

 

*Digital

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