12 October 2015

New life for an old pipe organ

We have obtained a 42-rank Reuter pipe organ for eventual installation in the auditorium we are building as part of our major school expansion.

The instrument has now been removed from an Episcopal church in Austin, and has been moved to the workshop of Curtis Bobsin, our incredibly talented organ builder and renovator (he accomplished the magnificent installation of our Casavant in the church).

The renovation of this organ will take some time (which is good, since the auditorium isn't built yet!), but the installation will provide us with a fine instrument for concerts, recitals, graduation events, etc. As you can see from the pictures, the former installation was a cramped one, with the pipes buried in enclosed chambers, along with a positiv at some distance away, with very little usefulness as part of a total instrument.

Our auditorium installation will be at the front, on a stage, with the pipes speaking out, rather than sideways and muffled. The present instrument is comprised of the following ranks:

Principal 8'
Spitz Flote 8'
Octave 4'
Nacht Horn 4'
Fifteenth 2'
Mixture III
Trompette 8'

Rohr Flute 8'
Viola 8'
Viola Celeste 8'
Principal 4'
Traverse Flute 4'
Doublette 2'
Mixture III
Trumpet 8'
Hautbois 4'

Gedeckt 8'
Erzhaler 8'
Koppel Flute 4'
Nazard 2-2/3'
Block Flute 2'
Tierce 1-3/5'
Basset 8'
Trompette 8'
Trompette 4'

Bourdon 8'
Principal 4'
Spillflote 4'
Gemshorn 2'
Cymbel II

Subbass 16'
Quintaten 16'
Principal 16'
Quintaten 8'
Octave 8'
Super Octave 4'
Mixture III
Trombone 16'
Trombone 8'

This instrument will be known as the Brown Memorial Organ, provided by a bequest from Bert and Beatrice Brown, founding members of Our Lady of the Atonement Church. Please pray for the repose of their souls.

Here are some pictures of the removal from its former location.